n With her editorial team at nutrition network HealthCastle.com, dietitian Gloria Tsang examined five of the best-known New Orleans food items to create simple suggestions for lightening up the classic recipes.
"Louisiana's rich food culture gives Super Bowl fans lots of options for regionally appropriate Super Bowl party foods," Tsang says. "We just tweaked them so that they work as healthier snacks while maintaining the classic flavors."
Here are HealthCastle.com's recipe tweaks for healthier New Orleans-style party foods:
1. Po'boy: Keep the mayo serving small and pan-sear shrimp (rather than deep fry) dipped in egg white and tossed in bread crumbs. Serve cut into quarters or eighths.
2. Gumbo: Stick with seafood versions, and serve over brown rice to get the benefits of whole grains.
3. Jambalaya: Try chicken breast instead of sausage and pile in lots of veggies (especially the New Orleans favorites onions, bell peppers and celery).
4. Muffuletta sandwich: Try serving this sandwich's strongest flavor component, olive salad, on thin rounds of broiled or toasted baguette, bruschetta style.
5. Red beans and rice: Use turkey sausage instead of the traditional meats and serve over brown rice.
n The Baron Stiegel Lions Club of Clay and Elizabeth townships will hold a buffet breakfast Sunday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Brickerville Fire Hall, Hopeland Road, Lititz. The event is a tribute to Sid Adams, who died Dec. 15 and was Brickerville Fire Company Chief for 40 years and also a Medic 4 and Medic 5 volunteer for 27 years. Cost is $8; $4 for ages 11 and under. Call Bob Straub at 721-3597 for more information.
n Olive Garden is asking students "How would you help end hunger in your community?" as part of the 17th Annual Pasta Tales national essay writing contest.
Through Friday, March 22, students in grades 1 through 12 in the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec) are invited to submit an essay of 50 to 250 words with their ideas for ending hunger in their local communities.
The grand-prize winner of the contest will receive a three-day family trip to New York City that includes dinner at the Olive Garden in Times Square and a $2,500 savings bond. In addition, Olive Garden will provide a $5,000 grant to bring the winner's essay to life by supporting hunger initiatives in his or her local community. The winners in each of the 12 grade categories will be awarded a $500 savings bond and a family dinner at their local Olive Garden restaurant.
Pasta Tales entry forms and complete rules are available on Olive Garden's website at olivegarden.com/About-Us/News-and-Media/Pasta-Tales/.