Appetizer Featured Kid-Friendly Recipes — 30 January 2015

Score points with this fan-tastic Super Bowl appetizer!

By: Jodie Shield, RDN

Looking for something easy and healthy to make for the big game? This pig skin party tray is sure to be a winner. No cooking required; simply assemble (from the inside out) and eat. To save time, look for presliced cheese squares – Trader Joe’s has a wide variety. Go ahead and use reduced fat cheese to trim extra calories. Some other lean Super Bowl cuisine options: Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Skinny Taco Dip Cups, and Sloppy-O-Joes. All of these tasty recipes are on my Time to Eat Healthy app. Game on!

Football Cheese Tray

12 servings

Prep Time = 15 minutes

Cooking Time = 0 minutes


  • 1 8-ounce bar sharp cheddar cheese cut into ¼ inch thick slices
  • 12 thinly sliced pepperoni
  • 2 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 6-ounce bar Monterey Jack Cheese cut into ¼ inch thick slices
  • 24 whole grain oblong-shaped
  • Large rectangular serving tray


  1. Use some sharp cheddar cheese to make small football shape in center of tray; cover it with pepperoni. Use provolone to make football lace shapes.
  2. Arrange remaining sharp cheddar around football shape. Next, arrange Monterey Jack Cheese around sharp cheddar. Finally, arrange crackers around outside.

Nutritional Information per Serving: 182 calories, 9 grams protein, 6 grams carbohydrate, 13 grams fat, 7 grams saturated fat, 35 milligrams cholesterol, 1 grams fiber, 298 milligrams sodium


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Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N. Jodie Shield has been a consultant and spokesperson in the field of nutrition for over two decades. A former national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (1989-1995), she has worked extensively with the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and taught nutrition and medical dietetics at the University of Illinois. Currently she is a complemental faculty member of the College of Health Sciences in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at Rush University in Chicago.

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