My family and I love to participate in sports and are an active family, but I’ll admit, we don’t watch that many sports on TV, except of course the Superbowl. It’s an opportunity for us to get together with friends, share laughs, excitement, and FOOD! Who doesn’t love the food on game day? The only problem is that some of the appetizers and dishes that we have come to associate with Superbowl Sunday are very calorie dense. I don’t expect my family to eat rabbit food, but there are many things you can do to reduce the calories to make your food LESS calorie heavy and not feel like your sacrificing flavor and tradition.
I’m all about keeping our life balanced. I like to indulge wisely and moderately. I want my kids to eat their vegetables, but if all I serve is veggies, they wouldn’t eat them. That’s why when I was shopping in WalMart the other day I picked up several bags of C&W frozen vegetables. We use frozen vegetables all of the time during the week because they’re so convenient, but I wanted to make something a little more fancy for Super Bowl since we have a crowd coming over.
I challenged myself to create a dish that everyone would love, get them to eat their vegetables and still reduce some of the calories, and came up with a baked Wonton. This recipe is by no means the picture of health, but simply a lightened up version of something that could really be laden with calories. By baking instead of deep frying this appetizer you save yourself a lot. Also, because these are small bites, you can limit yourself to just a few this way you get the flavor without the guilt. You could also make this a vegan dish by using vegan cream cheese and omitting the cheese. I have made them both ways and they are equally delicious.
My kids also love these as an after school snack. I make these ahead of time, put them in the freezer and then they can put a few in the toaster oven when they get home for the perfect sized snack. I like being able to make this appetizer ahead of time for parties as well– it makes it very handy when you are pressed for time.
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What You’ll Need
8 oz. of softened Neufchatel, Light Cream Cheese or Vegan Cream Cheese
1 cup of C&W frozen spinach thawed and liquid squeezed out
1 cup of C&W frozen artichoke hearts thawed
1/2 cup of sharp white cheddar (optional)
Juice of one lemon
1 clove of garlic minced
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
Avocado or Grapeseed Oil Non-stick Cooking Spray
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
First, take several paper towels or a cheese cloth and squeeze and much liquid out of the thawed spinach as possible. This recipe will not work well if you skip this step. Then place all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until all ingredients are well incorporated.
Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place several Wonton wrappers on your work space and spoon a teaspoon of the spinach dip in the center of the square. Fill a small dish with water- keep that nearby. With your finger, wet the edges of the Wonton wrapper. At this point you could either fold in half and seal the edges making a triangle, which I find to be the easiest, or as I have done in this picture, bring all four corners together at the top.
If making ahead, at this point you would place pre-made Wontons in a freezer bag or container and place in freezer for up to one month. When ready to use, take them out of the freezer and defrost– then follow the instrutions below.
Once you have filled and sealed all of the Wontons (makes about 2 dozen +) place them on the baking sheet about 1 inch apart and spray each Wonton generously with Avocado Oil Non-Stick Cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. The time will vary depending on your oven– so keep an eye on them. They should be golden brown.
Cool for 10 minutes and serve.
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