game day food

DePostButtonI’ll confess, I’m not really a big football fan. If the New-England Patriots are playing, I’ll attempt to rally. If they’re in the Super Bowl, I will definitely rally. But other than that, football just doesn’t really do it for me. I have trouble understanding it; it’s like my brain won’t comprehend the information. It’s been explained to me multiple times, by my brother, by my boyfriend, but the details float out of my brain minutes later. Probably not too different from how I failed to retain anything from math classes in high school.

That said, if there’s one thing I am good at, it’s preparing food for the viewing of the big game. I can handle that.

Read on for some game-day recipes guaranteed to please both the  football lovers and football-confused alike.

game.day.guac

The easiest way to make guacamole and salsa feel fancy? Put them in martini glasses: 

Homemade Salsa For Two

You will need…

  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • salt, pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • pinch of red pepper flakes

Method…

  1. In a large bowl, mix chopped veggies. Allow the tomatoes to keep their juices and mix with the other veggies.
  2. Add lime and spices. Enjoy!

Guacamole For Two

You will need…

  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 large avocado, pitted and chopped
  • 1 tsp lime
  • salt, pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder

Method…

  1. In a large bowl, mash avocado until smooth and in a thick paste. Stir in chopped onion and garlic.
  2. Add lime and spices. Enjoy!

sweetpotatokalequesa

Quesadillas are an easy ‘game-day’ food: they are easy to eat and delicious. There’s lots of ways to get a little more creative with quesadillas other than your standard meat / black bean / veggie / cheese combo. Did someone say sweet potato and kale? 

Sweet Potato & Kale Quesadillas

You will need…

  • 1 large sweet potato, skinned, and cubed
  • 1/2 sweet slicing onion, diced very fine
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions (green onions)
  • olive oil
  • salt, pepper
  • 5 large kale leaves, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed & drained
  • grated mild cheddar cheese (optional – leave out if you want this to be vegan)
  • 3 whole wheat tortillas (vegans- check ingredients for honey)

Method…

  1. Preheat oven to 400. On a baking sheet, spread out the sweet potato cubes and drizzle with olive oil, salt, & pepper. Cook in the preheated oven approx 20 minutes, checking once to turn. Remove from oven and let cool. Mash slightly if desired.
  2. In a skillet, heat some olive oil. Add onions and cook until soft, about 4 mins. Add scallions and chopped kale; cook approx another 5 minutes. Season with salt & pepper. Set aside momentarily.
  3. Lay one tortilla flat. On half of the tortilla (to make a half-moon), sprinkle some of the cheese. Top with a spoonful of black beans, kale mixture, and sweet potato. Add a little more cheese, if desired. Repeat with other tortillas.
  4. Fold the tortilla in half to make the quesadilla. Heat a large skillet or grill pan and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Cook the quesadilla on top of the stove, turning once every couple of minutes, until cheese begins to melt. Remove from heat, and cut into triangles! Yuuuum.

buffalo.chicken.dip

Saving the best for last here….this year, I decided to try something new: Buffalo Chicken Dip. 

Recipe originally from Gimme Some Oven, here

What are some of your favorite game day recipes?

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