A Must-Try Super Bowl Sandwich, and Low Calorie Meals for a Healthy 2021

Chug’s Diner Cuban Sandwich, photo by Blue Shell Media

Planning for a great Super Bowl meal

We have a few weeks till the Super Bowl (Feb. 7), but it’s never too late to start testing the nibbles you’ll reach for during the first quarter of the Big Game. Here’s a recipe from Chef/Owner Michael Beltran at Chug’s Diner in Miami. 

Chug’s Cuban Sandwich

  • 16 oz. of rosemary olive oil sourdough (or any sourdough)
  • 4 slices honey ham
  • 4 slices black pepper salami
  • 2 slices (3 oz.) country pate
  • 4 slices Gouda
  • Cornichons to taste
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard

Begin by slicing a thin layer off the top of the loaf and then hollowing it out. Then spread the mayo and mustard on the bottom and layer the ingredients: pate, honey ham, salami, cornichons, cheese. Top with the sliced bread once it’s been filled, and panini press for 15-20 under low heat. If desired, spread plantain chips on top. 

Starting 2021 on the right calorie path

Our new year resolutions have the best intentions and a good dose of willpower, on Jan. 1 anyway.

And then comes the rest of the year.  

For those buying takeout meals – still the best way to eat restaurant food right now – consider some of the new, lower-calorie meals from Carrabba’s Italian Grill. The Italian chain has put some work into creating dishes under 500 calories. Take advantage of the work chefs have already done for you!

  • Veal Piccata: Thin cutlets of veal dusted with flour, sautéed and topped with lemon butter sauce, parsley and capers. (380 calories)
  • Chicken Marsala: Wood-grilled and topped with mushrooms and their Lombardo Marsala wine sauce. (450 calories)
  • Mahi Wulfe: Breaded, wood-grilled, topped with artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and their basil lemon butter sauce. (380 calories)
  • Tuscan Grilled Pork Chop: Wood-grilled with their signature grill baste, olive oil and herbs. (390 calories)