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Karen’s Roasted Winter Kumato Tomato Salsa

12 Super Bowl Party Food Recipes – Yes – They’re a Little Healthier

Crowd-Pleasing Updated Party Foods with a Healthier Twist that all will enjoy.

I might not be your source for Chicken Wing Recipes… BUT  here are some SPECTACULAR Game-Day party suggestions with Less Calories, Carbs, Sodium, Fat & Preservatives – Will help you feel good without sacrificing flavor!

A nice shift from the same old appetizers and heavy, uninspired so called “party pleasers.”

Nachos are Necessary

1. Grilled Chicken Buffalo Nachos (Vegetarian version too)

Grilled Chicken Buffalo Nachos (Vegetarian version too)
Grilled Chicken Buffalo Nachos RECIPE (Vegetarian version too)

Better For You Nachos:
Ditch the FRIED CHICKEN WINGS OR NACHOS loaded with ground beef and smothered in cheese…

  • Organic Blue Corn Tortillas – or your favorite type
  • YES to Veggies! Yellow Peppers, Tomatoes and Scallions
  • Freshly-grilled chicken cubes in your favorite hot sauce
  • Lingering “Buffalo” flavors
  • Dotted blue cheese on top of the nachos
  • Cheese Sauce – gluten free option (which I make)

Who Doesn’t Love Shrimp??

2. Spicy Citrus Chili Shrimp and what to do with them (hint: put a skewer in them)

Spicy Citrus Chili Shrimp
Spicy Citrus Chili Shrimp RECIPE
An easy and pungent marinade transforms Shrimp with intense flavor.
  • An easy and pungent marinade
  • Simply grill shrimp with sesame seeds in cast iron skillet
  • Serve in a bowl on top of a pool of: Citrus Chili Glaze
  • Lighten up version: serve in a bowl over a pool of Asian Orange-Sesame Vinaigrette

3. Skewered Shrimp Scampi Appetizer

Skewered Shrimp Scampi Appetizer
Skewered Shrimp Scampi Appetizer  RECIPE
Sautéed Shrimp in a Hearty Garlic Herbal Butter Sauce Skewered with a Cube of Sourdough Bread to Soak up the Flavors.
  • Give shrimp a quick marinade
  • Toast bread cubes in the oven
  • Sauté shrimp – make Scampi sauce in the pan
  • Using a 4″ skewer, add a bread cube and shrimp on top
  • Add warm sauce on a serving platter – add shrimp

Meatballs are Expected

4. Spinach & Chicken Meatball Appetizer

Spinach & Chicken Meatball Appetizer with Fontina Fondue
Spinach & Chicken Meatball Appetizer with Fontina Fondue RECIPE
These pop-in-your-mouth meatball~crostini~marinara bites are made with chicken & spinach. Their gorgeous green color is a hint – there’s something healthy going on…
Forget the fontina fondue if time is an issue, top with a grated Italian cheese and warm through.
  • Make meatballs miniature sized: (recipe) Can make ahead of time
  • Make bread rounds, toast
  • Make cheese fondue OR grate cheese
  • Warm marinara and meatball, add to bread round, top with cheese, and skewer

Everyone Wants Pizza

5. Garlic Garlic Pizza

Double Garlic Pizza with Roasted & Chopped fresh Garlic
Garlic Garlic Pizza! RECIPE   Karen’s Perfect Pizza Dough Recipe
Karen’s Perfect Pizza Dough is topped with a Roasted Garlic purée, Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, dollops of Ricotta Cheese & Marinara and Chopped Garlic.
NOTHING smells better than from-scratch pizza from your oven!
  • Make Karen’s Perfect Pizza Dough
  • Bake a head of garlic, cool, then mash cloves
  • Roll (or stretch) dough, spread garlic puree, scatter mozzarella
  • Dollop with ricotta & marinara, add oregano, chopped garlic and hot pepper flakes
  • Bake until bubbly, cut slices & eat!

Serve. A. Vegetable!

6. Mediterranean Stuffed Shishito Peppers

Mediterranean Stuffed Shishito Peppers
Mediterranean Stuffed Shishito Peppers RECIPE 
Blistered Shishito Peppers are cut in half and stuffed with a medley of Mediterranean ingredients for an addictive appetizer 
  • Quick blister shishitos in a heavy skillet. Cool, slice in half horizontally
  • Make goat cheese & vegetable filling:
  • Add cooked and raw veggies to goat cheese, add fresh herbs
  • Place shishitos on a baking pan, add filling to each, broil until warm and bubbly

7. Sesame Blistered Shishito Peppers

Peppers with Sesame Seeds, Shallots and Hazelnuts in French Clay bowl
Sesame Blistered Shishito Peppers RECIPE
An amazing, fun & delicious EASY appetizer and side dish – these charred peppers are addictive and healthy!
These are QUICK TO COOK – can easily make dozens.
Just pick up by the stem & 
  • Heat a cast iron skillet with neutral oil add shishito peppers and a pinch of sea salt
  • Blister them over high heat; 3 minutes
  • Add shallots, sesame oil and cook 3 minutes – add sesame seeds and hazelnuts
  • PS: Shishitos are now available at Trader Joe’s!

Make a Homemade Salsa

8. Karen’s Winter Kumato Tomato Salsa

Karen’s Roasted Winter Kumato Tomato Salsa
Karen’s Roasted Winter Kumato Tomato Salsa RECIPE
The Best Homemade Salsa features Kumato Tomatoes available year-round and prized for their sweet, juicy flavor and firm texture.
Serve with Organic Chips and Guacamole 
  • Roast half the Kumato Tomatoes with Garlic Cloves in their skins, 500 degree oven
  • Whirl the roasted tomatoes and garlic in a small food processor until smooth and creamy
  • Add chipotle peppers and adobo sauce, vinegar, lime juice and salt – pulse to combine
  • Place salsa base in a bowl
  • Fold in remaining ingredients: diced Kumato tomatoes, diced colorful tomatoes, parsley and olive oil

Take A Dip

9. Healthy Roasted Garlic & Onion Dip

Healthy Roasted Garlic and Onion Dip
Healthy Roasted Garlic and Onion Dip RECIPE
The Best Homemade Salsa features Kumato Tomatoes available year-round and prized for their sweet, juicy flavor and firm texture. Need a dip for the game-day get together that doesn’t break the calorie bank?
A real crowd pleaser – there will not be any leftovers! A Redux recipe – a healthier version of the Lipton Soup Mix.
  • Serve with Roasted Sweet Potatoes – OR Delish with Organic Potato Chips
  • Roast a head of garlic in the oven, squeeze our the cloves
  • Roast scallions, toast dehydrated onions
  • Add dip ingredients in a large bowl, mash all together and blend all
  • Serve cold

You Gotta Serve Chili

10. Amazing Veggie Chili Without Beans

Amazing Veggie Chili Without Beans
Amazing Veggie Chili Without Beans RECIPE 
A Healthy and Hearty Chili Chock Full of Veggies. Chickpeas, Lentils, Butternut Squash and Cremini Mushrooms in a Tomato Based Sauce with Homemade Chili Seasoning.
Dig in and be creative with your toppings!
  • Dice and cook veggies in a heavy pot. Add tomato sauce, vegetable broth and lentils.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Prepare Garnishes: grated cheddar, chopped red onion, sliced jalapeño, sour cream & herb sprigs
  • Add warm chili to individual bowls
  • Top with garnishes or let you guests choose their own

Stuff a Mushroom

11. Stuffed Shiitake Mushrooms with Tomatillo Salsa Topping

Stuffed Shiitake Mushrooms with Tomatillo Salsa Topping
Stuffed Shiitake Mushrooms with Tomatillo Salsa Topping RECIPE
Delectable with Mexican Spices – these caps are stuffed with flavor! Lots of colorful Vegetables and Ground turkey OR Plant Based Tempeh.
A healthy approach to stuffed mushrooms ~ serve with a dollop of sour cream and tomatillo salsa.
  • Make the Tomatillo Salsa
  • Clean mushrooms, brush w EVOO and bake 8 minutes
  • Make turkey & veggie filling – season well with chili powder
  • Add marinara to filling, top mushrooms
  • Top with grated cheese, bake until melty and serve

Add A HOMEMADE Dessert

12. Karen’s Best Blondies – They’re Gluten Free

delicious gluten free blondies with Guittard baking chips
Karen’s Best Blondies – They’re Gluten Free! RECIPE
A “Blonde Brownie” with a rich caramel- butterscotch like flavor dotted with chocolate chips.
Baked in a pan – you cut them into squares or rectangles. Simple to make and a family favorite of mine! Can use regular flour too.
Or choose something here: COOKIES & BARS 
  • Line a 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper
  • Cream butter & sugars until light
  • Add egg, then rest of ingredients (use best quality dark chocolate chips)
  • Spoon batter in pan, bake until done. (Do not overcook) Cool, cut into 16 squares
  • Double or triple the recipe for a crowd!

Come for the Game; Stay for the FOOD!

Karen’s Roasted Winter Kumato Tomato Salsa

Winter Kumato Tomato-Chipolte Salsa

Blackened Kumato Tomatoes and Garlic whirled in your blender with Chipotle Peppers in Adobe - the best roasted salsa you can make at home!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings; make 1 1/2 cups, 4 tablespoons per serving
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  • 1 pound Kumato tomatoes (about 4 to roast; one to dice)
  • 4 medium garlic cloves unpeeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle peppers (canned)
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from canned chipotles
  • 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup sweet onions peeled, 1/4" dice
  • 1/2 cup fresh cherry tomatoes multi colored, 1/4" dice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
    Cut 4 Kumato tomatoes in half (I had 5 medium sized ones.) Place a sheet of parchment on a medium sized rimmed baking pan. Add 1/2 teaspoon evoo. Place tomato halves and unpeeled garlic on top. Brush all over with oil on pan.
    Sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper.
  • Roast in the hot oven to blacken - REMOVE garlic after 6 minutes; will be blackened around the edges an softened inside.
    Roast tomatoes a total of 20 minutes until well roasted and just blackened and caramelized around the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
  • Peel Garlic; In a small 3 -4 cup food processor add garlic, HALF the roasted tomatoes, chipotle peppers, adobe sauce, vinegar, lime juice and sea salt.
    Blend until very smooth - add all to a medium sized bowl.
  • Dice the remaining unroasted Kumato tomato. Coarsely chop remaining roasted kumato tomatoes, add to the bowl. Add the onions, diced cherry tomatoes, parsley and extra virgin olive oil.
    Mix all - taste for salt and spiciness. Can now add more chopped chipotle peppers and adobe sauce if you like a spicier salsa.
  • Refrigerate any unused salsa in a airtight container and enjoy within one week.


This recipe may not be reproduced without tie consent of its author, Karen Sheer.
COURSE: Appetizer, salsa, side condiment
CUISINE: American, Southwestern
KEYWORDS: kumato tomato salsa, roasted salsa, winter roasted salsa
Nutrition Facts
Winter Kumato Tomato-Chipolte Salsa
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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