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Super Bowl party-friendly, healthy recipes on a budget

January 30, 2012

Super Bowl XLVI will be played on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis, and it’s often a big eating day for family and friends. If you’ve ever hosted a Super Bowl party, you know how much hungry football fans can eat and drink.

University of Minnesota Extension nutrition educators with Cooking Matters have ideas for feeding a crowd on a budget and lightening up the fare you serve.

Cooking Matters is presented in Minnesota through a partnership between U of M Extension and Share Our Strength. Extension connects nutrition educators with community partners and volunteer chefs to teach low-income adults, teens and kids how to make the healthiest food choices possible.

A University of Minnesota expert who can provide tips for party-friendly, healthy recipes that won’t break the bank is: CeAnn Klug, University of Minnesota Extension Cooking Matters coordinator.

Klug suggests the following ideas for Super Bowl Sunday (visit www.extension.umn.edu/nutrition/cooking-matters.html for recipes or to learn more about U of M Extension Cooking Matters):

--- Serve homemade corn tortilla chips (just two ingredients) with mango salsa. Check the freezer aisle for frozen mangoes, which are more affordable than fresh at this time of year.

--- Swap out beef for lean ground turkey and add a serving of vegetables for a yummy turkey chili. Low-fat, homemade cornbread makes a great accompaniment.

--- Set out some trail mix made with whole wheat cereal and chocolate for your guests to munch on during the game.

To interview Klug contact Catherine Dehdashti, U of M Extension, at (612) 625-0237 or ced@umn.edu; or Kristin Anderson, University News Serivce, at (612) 624-1690 or kma@umn.edu.

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