Pigskin Party

They may not be serving up any nipples during this year's Super Bowl (we're guessing), but even so, that doesn't mean you have to suffer through the game without enjoying any mouth-watering treats. But before you dial up Domino's for a quick and FCC-approved fix, keep in mind that those slices can put close to a thousand calories into you. You're best defense against that ab-busting assault? Change your gridiron strategy and go for the unexpected, like these home-cooked eats that can tackle even the heartiest party-going appetites.

Home-team Hoagies
French bread (look for a loaf that's 16 inches long and 4 inches wide)
Olive-oil cooking spray
5 lb sliced low-fat ham
5 lb sliced smoked turkey breast
4 slices low-fat beef salami
2 oz light mozzarella, sliced very thin
3 whole tomatoes, sliced very thin
Small white onion, sliced very thin
2 cups shredded lettuce
Red-pepper flakes
Dried oregano

(1) Cut the loaf of bread in half, lengthwise, and open.
(2) Lightly coat the inside of both halves with olive-oil spray.
(3) Place ham, turkey, and salami evenly over the bottom portion of the sandwich.
(4) Add the cheese, tomato, onion, and lettuce.
(5) Sprinkle the red pepper and oregano on the inside of the sandwich top.
(6) Close the sandwich, fasten with toothpicks, and refrigerate until needed. Slice into 10 equally sized portions before serving.

Per serving: 233 calories, 14 g protein, 29 g carbs, 6 g fat, 2 g fiber

Touchdown Chili
1 lb top-round steak
1 tsp salt
14 tsp chili powder
2 tsp olive oil
1 large red pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
15 tbsp chili powder
1 can (28-oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (6-oz) tomato paste
1 tbsp sugar
5 tsp cumin
Hot sauce to taste
1 can (15-oz) black beans

(1) Trim all visible fat from steak.
(2) Cut beef into 5-inch cubes. Season cubes with salt and chili powder.
(3) Place a large nonstick pot over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and meat to pan and brown on all sides. Add red pepper, onion, and garlic, then cook until tender. Add remaining ingredients -- except black beans.
(4) When mixture comes to a boil, turn heat to low, cover pot, and allow to simmer for 60-90 minutes.
(5) Add beans and cook another 30 minutes.
(6) Spoon chili into bowls. Makes 4 servings.

Per serving: 333 calories, 35 g protein, 39 g carbs, 7g fat, 9 g

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