Super Bowl Tostada Party

tostadaWhether you are a Broncos fan, Seahawks fan or just watch the Super Bowl for the commercials, you might be pondering what to serve while the big game is on. Consider our Make Your Own Tostadas. They are super economical (about .40 each) and easy. If you prepare the toppings and bake the tostadas the day before or during the pregame you won’t have to be in the kitchen while everyone else is watching the game.

For special occasions like this I like to set up a buffet table so everyone can help themselves. In addition to the tostadas, I would add a big platter of fruit and tray of brownies/cookies. To keep the refried beans warm I would put them in a slow cooker on low. If they get dry, add a little water or tomato juice and stir.

Make Your Own Tostadas


Serving Size: 1 tostada Serves: 10 Cost Per Serving: $.36

Ingredients: tostada label

  • 10 corn tortillas (6-inch)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 can (16 ounces) fat free refried beans

Optional Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • Guacamole
  • Nonfat sour cream
  • 1 cup tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup low fat cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 cups lettuce, shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Place tortillas in a single layer on baking sheets. Lightly spray with cooking spray. Bake for 5-7 minutes, flip over, and bake 5-7 minutes more until crisp.
  3. Put refried beans in microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave while tortillas bake. Stir beans so they heat evenly.
  4. Spread a thin layer of hot beans on baked tortillas.
  5. Serve with your choice of toppings.

Options Cut tortillas into snack size servings before baking. Use as dippers.


  • Wear plastic gloves to handle hot peppers. No gloves? Wash hands with soap and water before touching your face, your cooking utensils, or another person.
  • Save extra baked tortillas in an airtight container.

Fruit Pizza

You have to try this Fruit Pizza!  It really is one of the biggest recipe hits we have created for our Healthy and Homemade Calendar.  It is quick, easy, and uses common ingredients including whole grains (oatmeal).  Plus it tastes and looks fabulous.

Since we introduced this recipe it has turned up at birthday parties, coffee breaks, receptions, kids cooking lessons, and picnics.  Each time the flavor is a little different depending on the fruit and yogurt chosen.  In the winter, there were more mandarin oranges, bananas and apples on the pizzas, now I see peaches, berries, and melon which are plentiful and in season.

Sometimes it is served in wedges; other times the crust is divided into 8 individual cookies so that each person can “decorate” their cookie with the fruit of their choice.  Kids can help make the cookie and they love to decorate with their favorite fruits.

Another idea is to use the shape of the cookie or the fruit colors to tie into the theme of a party.  Last year I made a football shaped cookie for a Super Bowl Party.   Berries could support a patriotic 4th of July fruit pizza.

Super Bowl party on a budget

Super Bowl 2012 is set … the Giants and Patriots on February 5th. When it comes to the party, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a dedicated fan, or just socialize and watch the fun commercials. Check out our ideas for party planning on a budget!

Set the mood with a little decorating …

  • Use a Super Bowl XLVI theme or use team colors.
  • Decorate the table with a green vinyl or felt cover with white tape or ribbon yard markers.
  • Accessorize with other inexpensive items you could gather, make, or buy: team banners, mylar football balloons, pom poms, megaphones, and yellow penalty flags.

    Football fruit pizza
    Fruit Pizza — Super Bowl style

What’s it all about … the FOOD! Make the food for the party simple so you don’t have to spend the whole day in the kitchen. I’ve put together some menu ideas that are easy, inexpensive and healthy. Plus, they can all be made ahead.

A little healthy competition never hurt anyone! You probably won’t need many games, but it would be fun to have everyone guess the final score when they arrive and then give a prize for the winner. Or, how about some kind of rating for the commercials.

What are you planning for your Bowl party? Share your decorating, game, and food ideas for entertaining on a budget.

MMMM Good Fruit Pizza


For the cookie crust:

  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup uncooked quick-cooking oatmeal
  • Cooking spray

For the topping:

  • 3 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 (6-ounce) container nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • Fruit for topping the pizza


  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
  2. Use a medium mixing bowl to beat egg white until foamy. Add oil and sugar. Beat until smooth.
  3. Use a small bowl to stir together the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda. Add to sugar mixture. Stir in oatmeal.
  4. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Spread the dough in a 9-inch circle.
  5. Bake about 12 minutes. Crust will begin to puff but does not look done. Remove from oven and let cool about 20 minutes. The crust continues to cook while cooling.
  6. Use a small bowl to stir together the cream cheese and yogurt until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cool.
  7. Transfer the crust to a serving plate. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the crust. Arrange fruit on top.
  8. Cut into wedges and serve, or refrigerate up to 2 hours, covered and uncut.

Host a Super Bowl party for 12 for $20

Last week I challenged myself to come up with a Super Bowl party menu for 12 people that would cost $20 or less (not counting alcohol). I wanted a menu that I could serve to my friends, and one that didn’t take my whole Sunday to prepare.

And … I did it! My sister says I cheated because I already had basic staples on hand—vanilla, cocoa, sugar etc.—for the brownie frosting. She is correct that if I had to buy these ingredients, I would have gone over my $20 goal; however, I counted just the amount I used of each ingredient.

Here’s the quick, fun and EASY menu I settled on: popcorn with toppings, chili and crackers, carrot and celery sticks, and brownies w/frosting

Popcorn with toppings
Make popcorn the ‘old-fashioned’ way! One 32-ounce bag of popcorn will make about 6 gallons of popped corn. When popping corn, use a 1 to 4 ratio of oil to popcorn in a large heavy pan with a lid and a handle. Examples of 1 to 4 ratios are 2 tablespoons of cooking oil for 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup popcorn, 1.3 tablespoons oil to 1/3 cup popcorn.

To find out how much popcorn your pan holds, pour dry popcorn into the pan to make a single layer of popcorn, then pour the popcorn back into a measuring cup.
Put the oil in the pan, put in 2-3 kernels and when they sizzle and spin around, add the rest of the popcorn and the lid. Cook, shaking constantly until the popping stops. Remove immediately.
When you cook the corn on top of the stove with oil, salt and other seasonings will stick to the popped corn without additional margarine or butter. Lay out seasoned salt, Parmesan cheese, oregano, curry, garlic salt, etc. and let your guests experiment.


1 1/2 pounds ground beef 2 (16-ounce) cans chili beans, drained
3 stalks celery, diced 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained
2 large onions, diced 1 tablespoon ground cumin, optional
2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons chili powder
1 (29-ounce) can tomato sauce 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
1 (28-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups water

Brown ground beef, celery, onions and garlic together. Rinse and put in crock pot with rest of ingredients. Cook on low 8 hours. Stir occasionally.

Carrot and celery sticks

  • 2 pounds whole carrots
  • 1 bunch celery

Clean. Cut into strips.

Yum! Prepare brownies according to package directions, and frost with this quick chocolate frosting recipe:

  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt margarine over a low heat. Gradually beat in cocoa, sugar, milk and vanilla, mix well. Spread on brownies.

There it is …  how to throw a party for 12 people for $20! Tell us how you would change the menu for your party, or share your ideas for entertaining on a budget.

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