If you are a football fan or not, the Superbowl is a great way to get together with friends! I happen to love football; but there were years when I hosted Superbowl parties, it seemed like the women crowded around the kitchen island sampling everyone’s new recipes which usually consisted of cheesy dips, little smokies wrapped in bacon, summer sausage and cheese, chocolate bars with carmel drizzled over the top! Lots of chips and french onion dip and the list goes on and on! Here is a quote that I found interesting; but I can believe it!
“The average football fan eats about a day’s worth of calories during the game, and the U.S. Calorie Control Council estimates that Americans pack away 11 million pounds of chips on Super Bowl Sunday. ”
Kinda scary huh? Trust me, I am sure I have been one of those statistics!
This year, if you are looking to bring something a little bit forgiving to the waist line, try these great Asian lettuce wraps! It is a different than the usual taco bar and it looks really neat on a buffet too!
ASIAN LETTUCE WRAPS:
1/2 cup water
1 package lean ground turkey (20-ounce) ( I used spicy chicken sausage)
1 cup chopped shiitake mushrooms or portabellas work good too!
1 can water chestnuts (8-ounce) drained and chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 head iceberg lettuce, separated into leaves (if you can find it, use the Living Butter Lettuce)
Hoisin sauce (optional)
Cook carrots and 1/2 cup water in a large nonstick skillet over high heat, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes or until carrots are softened and water is evaporated. Remove from skillet.
2. Reduce heat to medium. Cook turkey or chicken sausage in skillet about 5 minutes, stirring until turkey crumbles and is no longer pink. Add carrots, mushrooms, and next 8 ingredients. Increase heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring constantly, 4 minutes. Add green onions, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Spoon mixture evenly onto lettuce leaves; roll up. Serve with hoisin sauce, if desired.
Delicious! Your friends will be asking you for the recipe and your waistline will be thanking you the next day!