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Super Bowl XLVI Recipe Roundup

4 Feb

You’re stressing because you’re throwing a Super Bowl Party for the friends and fam but you don’t know what to make.  Well, you’re in luck because of this delicious, All-American, Super Bowl-worthy recipe list. Now all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the people around you!  Oh–and don’t forget to cook!

Set the Scene:

Do you have a favorite team?  Consider a Red, White & Blue theme (since the teams are pretty much representing the SAME exact colors anyway).  No offense to die-hard fans.  You’ll probably be able to borrow decor from 4th of July!  Easy!

CUTE ALERT!!!  Katie Brown turned lemons into mini footballs and created a fun Super Bowl centerpiece.

Drinks:

You won’t disappoint if you stock up on beer for the Super Bowl.  But put some thought into it…make it special by serving local beers, beers from Boston or New York, or an organic selection that pairs well with what you’re serving.

Starters:

Fresh & Easy Cantaloupe Salsa.  Cool, spicy and tangy.  Serve with your favorite healthy chips, like Garden of Eatin‘ Red Hot Blues.

Cranberry Goat Cheese & Herb “Hot Pockets.”  Like grown-up pizza rolls.  They’ll disappear in a flash!

Baked Kale Chips.  There’s nothing fried about ’em.  For a big crew, buy a few heads and bake away.  You’ll be amazed how quickly they’ll go.  Even the kids will love!

Spiced Party Nuts.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  No party is a party without party nuts.  And your guests will certainly go nuts over these sassy little numbers!

Sides:

Super Bowl Sunday Salad.  Flavorful and colorful.  Just what you want in a salad.  A real crowd pleaser!

Flash Roasted Green Beans.  These green machines go faster than it takes to cook ’em!

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries.  Because what’s better with an All-American meal than fries?

Not Your Grandma’s Potato Salad.  Leave the mayo in the fridge and try this slightly refined potato salad on for size.  Ol’ Grammie might not like the idea of it, but once she tastes, she’ll never go back!

Main Course:

Baked Rosemary Chicken Strips.  Kids will love ’em and parents will feel like kids again!

Pulled Pork Sliders.  Might be the easiest part of the entire meal…thanks to the crock pot!

Black Bean Patties with Mole Glaze.  Add instant chic to your football party by throwing in a little vegetarian fare.  Plus, your friends with food restrictions will love you for it.

Garlic Ginger Chicken Wings.  View this step-by-step YouTube tutorial on how to create Foodwishes.com Garlic Ginger Chicken Wings.

Desserts:

Ice Cream Social Network.  What’s more all-American than an ice cream social?

Oats, Orange & Hazelnut Cookies.  Perfect for a standing-room-only dessert line.

Healthy Tasty Chow’s Nutella Puppy Chow.  Such a great dessert for a Super Bowl soiree!  Don’t you just want to dig in already?

Oh How She Glow’s Itty Bitty Carrot Cake Cookies.  You wouldn’t know these were vegan…or a healthy cookie!  YUM!

Phew!  Now, get to work STAT.  Super Bowl starts in 24 hours!

Have a favorite Super Bowl recipe that you want to share?  Leave a comment below.

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Pulled Pork Sliders

14 Dec

Makes 24

Pulled Pork Sliders

You’re a Sunday Funday fanatic.  That’s right—come Wednesday you’re already planning lunches, brunches and aperitifs to spare.  It’s all play and no work on Sundays.  Especially when it comes to not wanting to work on those dishes.  That’s why on Sundays you put the slow cooker to work and make Pulled Pork Sliders.

Ingredients:

3 lbs. pork shoulder

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 tsp. paprika

½ tsp. sea salt

½ tsp. cayenne pepper

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Gala apple, whole but slit around center

1 onion, cubed

¼ C. spicy Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp. local honey

Hamburger pickles (dill, sweet or both)!

Your favorite slider buns (Hawaiian Rolls are delish)

Directions:

Create a dry rub in a small mixing bowl by combining brown sugar, paprika, sea salt and cayenne pepper.  Massage the dry ingredients into the pork.  Place pork into a freezer bag with olive oil.  Allow to marinate.  Tip: This is best done the night before to create the most flavor.

Place pork, apple and onion in a slow cooker on low and cook for 7 hours.  If you’re running low on time, you can crank the heat up to high, but cook for 4-5 hours only.  When done, pull the pork apart in the slow cooker using tongs (to secure) and a fork (to pull the meat).  Let it sit in the jus.

Just before serving, mix mustard and honey in a small bowl.  Spread honey mustard on inside top of roll and finish building out your sliders with a generous serving of pork and a pickle or two.  Secure with a toothpick.

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO:  A good source of lean protein, pork is naturally low in sodium and is packed with several vitamins and minerals.  Pork is also a great source of iron, which makes it a great option for your monthly holiday…hint, hint!

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5 Outdoor Entertainment Must-Haves

26 Jul

There they go again throwing together yet another fabulous summer soiree with style, ease and grace. Entertaining can be such a piece of cake for some.  For others, it’s a hot mess.  No offense.  Awkward…

Take control of your outdoor entertainment woes with a little advanced planning and a handy-dandy, super reliable cheat sheet—Food, I Love You’s Top 5 Outdoor Entertainment Must-Haves:

  1. THE BARBEQUE.  The Holy Grill!  An outdoor extravaganza isn’t complete until you fire it up and get cookin’. Opt for this eco-friendlier, affordable, go-anywhere, clean-burning propane grill.  If there were a triple threat of BBQ’s, this would be it.
  1. THE AMBIANCE.  Cue the candlelight and keep bugs out.  Try these adorable eco-friendly citronella candles to add pops of color while preventing those itchy bites.  Your guests will love you.
  1. THE GARDEN.  Nothing sets the tablescape more than gorgeous floral arrangements.  Outdoors you can go a bit more casual so opt for Crate & Barrel’s mini potted succulents or create your own to achieve incredible texture and color.  What’s best is that succulents require less water the average plant and almost always become the topic of some green thumb’s conversation.
  1. THE LIQUID COURAGE.  A summer party without a signature drink is like a baseball game without hot dogs.  It’s just not a party.  Blend up your own Campari Crush for a palette-cleansing aperitif.
  1. THE MUSIC.  Channel your inner DJ and set the mood with tunes that’ll have your guests easing into conversation and boogying down into the wee hours of the morning.  Need some inspiration?  Your Daily Thread’s summer music playlist is a good start.

Ah!  Summer soirees are a breeze!  And this cheat sheet?  It’s our little secret. 

Grilled Peaches and Burrata

21 Jul

Grilled Peaches and Burrata with Mint and Sunflower Seed Pesto

Serves 6 – 8

Peaches and cream.  It’s no wonder the delicious dish inspired the moniker of a to-die-for complexion. The fact is, sweet peaches caramelize deliciously on the BBQ.  Paired with creamy Burrata cheese and fresh Mint and Sunflower Seed Pesto, Grilled Peaches and Burrata is a knock-out summer appetizer.

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. olive oil

3 Organic yellow peaches

2 Balls Burrata cheese

Sea salt & cracked pepper to taste

Mint and Sunflower Seed Pesto

Directions:

Preheat the grill to medium-high.

Wash, pit and quarter the peaches.  Brush a generous amount of olive oil onto the peaches.  Grill for 3-4 minutes per side. Wrap Burrata in two separate pieces of foil and place on grill two minutes before peaches are done—just to get it nice and warm.

Remove from grill and prep two separate serving dishes to share, placing peaches around Burrata and garnishing with fresh pesto.

Just you and your honey for a romantic evening?  Quarter the recipe.

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO:  Peaches are high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant which converts to Vitamin A and supports healthy hearts and eyes.  The richer in color the peach, the richer it is in beta-carotene. Peaches are also high in fiber and have cleansing qualities.  If you’re needing to cleanse, grab a peach.

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Memorial Day Recipe Roundup

27 May

Image by Stephycupcake via flickr

You’re stressing because you’re throwing a Memorial Day BBQ for the friends and fam but you don’t know what to make.  Well, you’re in luck because I’ve put together my favorite BBQ recipes from Food, I Love You! and some other food bloggers I’m currently obsessing over.  Now all you have to do is sit back, relax (wine in hand) and enjoy the people around you!  Oh–and don’t forget to cook!

Drinks:

Go all out and create a signature cocktail.  Get inspired from this Your Daily Thread  list.

Starters:

Baked Kale Chips.  There’s nothing fried about ’em.  For a big crew, buy a few heads and bake away.  You’ll be amazed how quickly they’ll go.  Even the kids will love!

Spiced Party Nuts.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  No party is a party without party nuts.  And your guests will certainly go nuts over these sassy little numbers!

Spicy Tomato Basil Soup.  Serve it as a shooter, warm or chilled, topped with a dollop of creme fraiche and basil.

Sides:

Not Your Grandma’s Potato Salad.  Leave the mayo in the fridge and try this slightly refined potato salad on for size.  Ol’ Grammie might not like the idea of it, but once she tastes, she’ll never go back!

Strawberry & Asparagus Quinoa Salad.  Light, crisp and oh-so-seasonal.  Tastes delicious with herb-rubbed grilled chicken breast.

Main Course:

Grapefruit Chicken Salad.  Nothing’s more refreshingly satisfying in front of the pool than this.  Pair it with Rose and you’ll be in chicken salad Heaven!

Fire up the grill with The Kitchn’s Rosemary Lemon Kebabs.  This recipe calls for lamb but any meat would be delish!

Desserts:

Ice Cream Social Network.  What’s more all-American than an ice cream social?  With berries that are so this-season, you’ll be the sweetest belle of the BBQ!

Mango Frozen Yogurt by Yum Yum Yummers.  Looks deliciously tangy and you don’t even need an ice cream maker!

Spiced Party Nuts

18 May

Makes about 4 Cups

You’re an entertainer.  Which is why you know party nuts rule parties.  They’re an appetizer, conversation starter and satisfier of late night munchies.  Whether you’re at Happy Hour or throwing a backyard BBQ, a party isn’t truly a party without them.  These Spiced Party Nuts are savory and crunchy with just the right amount of heat.

Ingredients:

1 C. raw whole almonds

1 C. raw peanuts

1 C. raw cashews

1 C. raw walnuts

1 Tbsp. unsalted butter or olive oil

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. chili powder

½ tsp. cayenne pepper

1 tsp. sesame seeds

1 tsp. salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Place all raw nuts into large mixing bowl.  In a smaller bowl, combine all wet ingredients with spices and mix well.  Dress nuts with wet ingredients until fully coated. Place on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven, transfer to cooling rack lined with paper towels and let cool.

Stores well for up to two weeks in an air-tight container.

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO:  Raw nuts are a great way to cut unnecessary sodium out of your diet.  Yes, nuts contain fat, but almost 90% of that fat is unsaturated, the good kind of fat.  Do your body a favor by reaching for raw nuts.  

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