Friday, March 20, 2009

Mad for March

Well, it's official guys and girls. It's now spring. YAY! And what better way to usher in the warmer weather than with a little March Madness! For any folks reading this from overseas, this is the time of year when employers across the U.S. notice a dip in staff productivity, all because workers nationwide are frantically plunking down money, filling out brackets and eagerly watching to see which college basketball teams make it the farthest in the tournament. The Big Dance, you see, is probably almost as popular as the crown jewel of American sports - the Super Bowl! Anyhoo, I'm still doing pretty well in my office pool. As of last check, I had 20 out of 24 picks correct so far. Then again, it's only the first round. And my team has yet to play, (ON WISCONSIN!!!) so it will only get more interesting in the days to come. Moving on, though...I know many of you might not want to dig into a salad when it comes time to watching sports. It's all about the burgers and hot dogs, right? But that doesn't mean you have to blow out your calorie count in one sitting. Here are a few low-cal Hungry Girl recipes to enjoy while watching your favorite b-ball teams compete.

Cheesy Dog Tortilla Roll-Ups
2 97% Fat Free Hebrew National Hot Dogs
1 La Tortilla Factory 95% Fat Free Low Carb Tortilla
1 slice Kraft Singles Fat Free Cheese
Microwave hot dogs according to directions on package. Slice tortilla in half. Fold cheese to create two halves. Place each half cheese slice on top of each tortilla half. Roll cooked hot dog in cheesed-up tortilla. Toast in toaster oven until desired golden color is reached.

De-Pudged Pigs in a Blanket
1 fat-free (or nearly fat-free) hot dog (like the ones by Oscar Mayer, Hebrew National and Ball Park)
1 portion Pillsbury Reduced Fat Crescent roll dough
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut hot dog into 4 even pieces. Stretch or roll out the triangle-shaped dough slightly, to make it a larger triangle. Cut dough into 4 long, narrow triangles. Beginning at the base of each triangle, roll a piece of the hot dog up in the dough until the point of each triangle wraps around the center. Place dogs on an ungreased baking pan and cook for about 12 minutes (until dough appears slightly browned and crispy).

Ooey Gooey Chili Cheese Nachos

1 bag (7 oz.) Guiltless Gourmet Tortilla Chips, Yellow Corn flavor
1 package Boca Chili
4 oz. 8th Continent Light Vanilla Soymilk
3 oz. fat-free block cheddar cheese
2 oz. Velveeta made with 2% Milk
2 tbsp. fat-free cream cheese
2 tbsp. fat-free sour cream
3/4 cup Newman's Own All-Natural Bandito Salsa
Melt all three cheeses in a saucepan with the soymilk; stir to combine. Prepare chili according to the directions on the box. Microwave chips until warm, and place on a large platter. Pour your low-fat cheese sauce all over your chips. Cover your chips with chili. Spoon salsa on top, along with a few dollops of fat-free sour cream, and, voila, there you have it! Makes 5 servings.
*Feel free to use other brands as desired. Nutritionals will vary.

Awesome Whopper Stopper
Ingredients:-Wonder Light (or other light) Hamburger Bun
Boca Burger Patty, Original Vegan
1 slice Kraft Singles Fat Free Cheese
1 Tbsp. Miracle Whip Light
3 pickle slices
tomato slice
onion slice
1 Tbsp. ketchup
Cook Boca Burger as per instructions on box. Toast bun (optional). Lay burger on the bun’s bottom half, followed by the cheese, tomato, onion, and lettuce. On the top half, slap on the mayo, ketchup, and pickles. Put two halves together and enjoy!

Finally, to get you in a basketball state of mind, here are a few clips from some of the best b-ball movies ever made. Have a great weekend!

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