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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.

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!

Strawberry & Asparagus Quinoa Salad

19 Apr

Serves 6-8

Oh, spring produce!  Your pops of color brighten my day.  Your flavors and textures inspire my senses.  Oh yes!  You are my muse and Strawberry & Asparagus Quinoa Salad is my ode to you.

Ingredients:

5 C. water

1 C. ice

1 C. quinoa

1 bunch asparagus, trimmed

6 oz. basket organic strawberries, hulled & quartered

1/4 C. olive oil

Juice of half an orange

1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. pepper

½ C. balsamic vinegar

1 ball burrata cheese, divided for each dish (optional)

Directions:

Rinse quinoa well and drain water.  Place 2 cups water with quinoa into small pot on stove.  Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until done, about 15 minutes. Transfer to large bowl and chill in fridge.

Bring another 2 cups of water to a boil.  Add trimmed asparagus and cook for 8 minutes.  While asparagus cooks, place remaining water and ice into a baking dish.  Shock asparagus in ice water. Remove immediately and cut into one-inch pieces.

Reduce balsamic vinegar down to 2 Tbsp. on low heat.  It should take about 15 minutes.

To assemble, toss strawberries and asparagus and quinoa in dressing.  Serve topped with burrata and drizzle of balsamic reduction.

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO: Gluten-free quinoa is chalk full of amazing health benefits.  This superfood is complete in protein meaning it contains all 9 amino acids imperative to building muscle.  It’s also high in fiber, manganese and magnesium, aiding digestion, warding off cancerous cells and promoting good blood pressure.

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