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Superbowl Sunday Tofu Wings

Superbowl Sunday is just a couple days away and if you’re anything like me, you like indulging on some of the classic tailgate appetizers like beer cheese dip and chips and salsa while balancing that with some fun and HEALTHY appetizers.

These tofu wings are a great option for vegetarians, health enthusiasts, or really anyone that likes food. They are vegetarian, gluten, and dairy free. They also offer a great source of plant-based protein, selenium, phosphorus, and calcium. You can substitute them for standard wings or do both!

Soy products like tofu often get a bad rap but I can tell you that talking about the benefits of soy is one of my favorite soap box topics as a dietitian. Tofu is a whole soy food and soy eaten in moderate amounts (i.e. 2-3 servings per day) has actually shown protective effects when it comes to cancer risk and heart health. Whole soy foods, such as tofu, contain phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens are plant estrogens or phytonutrients that occur naturally in certain foods derived from plants. They are found in other foods, such as nuts, seeds, legumes, cashews, garlic, apples, cabbage, and fennel. 

Contrary to popular belief, phytoestrogens are not estrogen. In fact, they protect and help regulate estrogen receptors. They also help with the metabolism and detoxification of estrogen, which can be particularly useful in estrogen dominance, heavy periods, and reducing PMS symptoms. What types of soy should I be consuming if I do? I would stick to organic, non-gmo whole soy foods, such as tofu, tempeh, edamame, miso, and soy milk. 

When should I limit whole soy foods?

If you have any thyroid issues, you’ll want to be careful with your soy intake because soy can interfere with thyroid peroxidase, the enzyme largely responsible for the production of thyroid hormone. To be on the safe side, limit your soy intake to 4-5 servings per week and wait two hours after consuming soy to take thyroid medication for adequate absorption. 

Now that we cleared that up, let’s get to the recipe! One variation that would be for all my hot and spicy wing lovers would be to add 1-2 tsp of chili powder to the breadcrumb mixture and use hot chili pepper sauce instead of sweet chili sauce for the coating. Enjoy!

Sweet Chili Tofu Wings

Course Appetizer
Keyword appetizers, dairy free, gluten free, healthy, healthy appetizer, plant based, superbowl, superbowl sunday, tofu, tofu wings, wings
Servings 16 wings
Author Elizabeth Bissell


  • cup gluten-free Panko bread crumbs Equal to 1-7 oz package
  • 1 14 oz package extra firm tofu
  • ½ cup all-purpose gluten-free baking flour
  • 1 cup your choice of milk
  • 1 tbsp parsley, dried
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder

Sweet Chili Sauce

  • ¼ cup sweet chili sauce
  • 3 tbsp plant butter
  • ¼ tsp sea salt


  1. Place a paper towel over a plate and place the tofu brick on top. Place another 1-2 paper towels on top and place a book or heavy pan on top to help press any water out of the tofu. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, pour the milk into a bowl and the flour into a separate bowl. On a large plate, pour the bread crumbs, paprika, parsley, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder. Using your hands, mix the spices and bread crumbs together until evenly combined.

  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray.

  4. Take the tofu and cut into strips length-wise and about ¾-inch thick (about 16 strips). Place the tofu strips on a plate. Next, set up your prep line...plate of tofu first, then the bowl of flour, then the bowl of milk, next plate of breadcrumb-spice mixture, and lastly the baking sheet.

  5. Using your prep line, place the tofu wings in the flour first, then dip in the milk, roll in the breadcrumb-spice mixture to coat, and then place directly on the baking sheet. Once all the wings are done, bake in the oven for 20 minutes, flip, then for another 10 minutes.

  6. In the last 10 minutes, prepare the chili sauce. Melt the butter and stir in the chili sauce and salt. Once the wings are done baking, place in a large mixing bowl and pour the chili sauce over them. Using the bowl, shake and flip the wings until evenly coated. Serve immediately with celery and your favorite dipping sauce. Mine is Ranch 😉 Enjoy!

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Chocolate Chestnut Dessert Hummus

Chocolate Chestnut Dessert Hummus


Dessert, Snack

chestnut, chocolate, dessert hummus, hummus

Author Liz Bissell


  • 1-
    6.5 oz
    package of chestnuts, peeled and steamed
    I used the brand, Melissa's
  • 2
    100% unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼
    vanilla extract
  • ½

  • tbsp
    100% pure maple syrup
  • 1
    tahini paste
  • sprinkle coarse sea salt


  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add more water 1 tbsp at a time if a smoother consistency is desired.

  2. Refrigerate for at least an hour and serve with fresh fruit and/or graham crackers.

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No Added Sugar Currant Jam

Sugar. The poor word gets such a bad rap. And often for good reason. It is in a lot of our foods…I mean A LOT. The food industry does not help us along the way either. At times, they make it very difficult for the average person to understand whether a food is high or low in added or natural sugar. They also tend to sneak it in wherever they can, especially condiments.

The easiest way to become more comfortable with understanding what is added and what is natural sugar is by looking at the ingredient list. The most common added sugars are high fructose corn syrup, raw sugar, honey, fruit juice concentrates, syrups, or molasses.


Naturally occurring sugars generally come from lactose in dairy foods and fructose, which is naturally occurring in fruit. Foods high in added sugars often come from sweetened beverages, condiments, desserts, and baked goods. 

One of the main reasons you want to keep your added sugar intake in check is the amount of calories in 1 gram. With 1 gram of sugar containing 4 calories, the calories from high-sugar food items can add up quickly if you’re not careful. If you consume sugar in large quantities, the excess calories can result in weight gain. Excess weight in the form of overweight or obesity can lead to a multitude of chronic diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, or stroke.

So what’s the limit for added sugar intake per day? The American Heart Association recommends ~6 teaspoons or less (25 grams) of added sugar daily for women and ~9 teaspoons for men (36 grams). If you’ve ever kept an eye on your sugar intake throughout the day, you know this target can be very difficult for some us, especially my fellow sweet tooth lovers. To put this into a little perspective, a standard 12-oz soda has around 39 grams of added sugar. This equates to around 9 teaspoons and close to 160 empty calories just from the sugar. See what I mean? This shit adds up!


So what do we do with this information? Well I have some really great news for you. Fruit is a natural sugar and it is sweet! Getting creative with how you use certain fruits can lead to healthier choices and overall reducing your added sugar intake. Now keep in mind, fruit is still a sugar, a natural sugar, but nonetheless a sugar. However, the pros of eating fruit over other high sugar food items, such as cookies, cakes, or soda, greatly outweigh the cons of potentially eating too much fruit, which is highly unlikely in our westernized eating habits.


This three-ingredient currant jam is so easy (hence only three ingredients!) and is naturally sweetened using dates. The red currants offer a fresh tartness that compliments the sweetness from the dates beautifully.

Another bonus, both dates and currants are jam-packed with vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, vitamin A, dietary fiber, iron, and potassium. Dates also contain tannins, which have great antioxidant and anti-infective characteristics.

Enjoy this nutrient-dense jam without the guilt of any added sugar. Spread on whole grain toast with avocado chunks, goat cheese, chia seeds, and fresh thyme for a healthy snack or serve with pork loin for a hint of sweetness in an otherwise savory dish. -EAB


No Added Sugar Currant Jam

Course Breakfast, Snack
Servings 1 small mason jar
Author Liz Bissell


  • 1 cup red currants
  • 5 dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup water


  1. Pit and chop the dates.

  2. Add the currants, dates, and water to a small saucepan. Bring to medium heat and simmer until the currants become gelatinase, about 3-5 minutes.

  3. Pour the date-currant mixture into a food processor and blend for about 1-2 minutes until smooth and evenly combined. Store in a mason jar in the refrigerator until ready for use.