Game Time Recipes with Less Guilt

Tonight was the Superbowl…yeah Giants and I decided to serve the game food I love with fewer calories, fat and much less guilt.  I was asked by all those present to share the recipes.  Both recipes are inspired by others,(Weight Watchers and Alton Brown of Food Network) I  add my twist to make them a little more….me.  Bon appetit!

Good Eats Baked Buffalo Wings (Inspired by altfitgirl from Food Network)

I often take inspiration from other peoples recipes.  Combine them with other ideas and give them a twist.  Growing up just north of Buffalo, I have been eating wings since my early teens.  As much as I love them, I was in need of a healthier version.  This one is it!

Ingredients  (2-3 people, I always double this one)

    • 12 whole chicken wings ( tips removed and cut at the joint)
    • 3 ounces unsalted butter
    • ¼ cup Louisiana or Frank’s hot sauce
    • blue cheese dip  (1/2 cup light sour cream, ½ cup crumbled blue cheese, ½ cup light mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp white vinegar)
    • celery and carrots


I like to brine all poultry the night before I cook it.  For these wings, I soak them in cold water infused with ½ cup Kosher salt, 1 Tbsp red pepper flakes and 1 tsp cayenne.

  • Steam the wings over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the wings from the basket and carefully pat dry. Lay the wings out on a cooling rack set in a half sheet pan and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Spray rack with a little non-stick spray.
  • Roast on the middle rack of the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Turn the wings over and cook another 20 minutes or until meat is cooked through and the skin is golden brown.
  • If you are like me and like your wings a little browner and crispier, bake them for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  • While the wings are roasting, melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  • Pour this along with hot sauce into a big container with a lid (or big bowl).
  • Remove the wings from the oven and transfer to the bowl and toss with the sauce.
  • Serve warm with blue cheese dressing and celery/carrots sticks.


Turkey Chili (Inspired by Weight Watchers recipe)

2 T olive oil

1 lb ground turkey breast

1 lb turkey sausage, casings removed and crumbled

1 sweet onion chopped

1 res onion chopped

2 bell peppers (1 red, 1 yellow)

3 gloves garlic pressed

1 can 28oz crushed tomatoes

1 jar salsa

3 Tbsp cumin

2 Tbsp dried oregano

2 Tbls Adobo

1 tsp cayenne

2 cans beans, (chickpea, red kidney or cannelini)

Heat oil over medium heat, add all turkey meat and cook until browned.  Add chopped onions, peppers, garlic and cook for 2 minutes.  Add in crushed tomatoes, salsa, spices and beans. Simmer low heat for 30 minutes.


  1. Yeah Giants again!!! I took great note at the ingredients above…..I too served wings and chili as well. Thank you Francine, will adapt in the future. N.xo

  2. Mickey Murray says:

    Hi Francine
    I never thought of steaming the wings first?I always roast mine in the oven until they are brown and crisp and then sauce them-I will certainly try the steam method-BRAVO FOR THE GIANTS-the commercials were something else too-saw them on the evening news for the first time as we do not get to see those on our canadian TV-Clint Eastwood is back-lot’s of talk about that one!
    Thanks for sharing your recipes.

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