They did it again! For the second year in a row, the New England Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl! This year’s NFL Super Bowl LII will be a showdown for the ages between the said Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, and you know the parties will be happening all over the country. Whether you’re interested in the game or are just there for the commercials, the Super Bowl is still a fun social event that gives you a great excuse to munch on some yummies with your buds. If you’re the host or are bringing a dish for a potluck, there are many great finger foods you can make that will be a guaranteed touch down with the guests! Here are a few ideas to get you inspired for the big game.
Cauliflower BBQ Wings
Gameday is usually considered a high-carb, highly indulgent day with lots of deep fried foods packed with unhealthy ingredients. Now, we’re not saying you can’t enjoy yourself, but we’re going to help you bring a little #health to your day starting with a Super Bowl staple, the bbq wings. In honor of the GOAT Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who credits a mainly plant-based diet for his success, we’re transforming the bbq wings into ones that everyone can enjoy no matter their dietary restrictions. Substituting chicken for cauliflower, these “wings” pack all the flavor with none of the guilt. So if you’re looking to change things up, check the recipe here.
Philadelphia is known for their Philly cheese steak sandwiches, but on a food-filled day, a heavy sammie won’t work which is why we’re opting for sliders! They’re bite-size and more convenient when conversing over the halftime show or watching the pre-game analysis. You can make them in bulk ahead of time and they’re bound to be a favorite with the kids. Not only that but you can make them with veggie patties to ensure your guests are getting their recommended servings of vegetables. As a side, you can make some french fries with an air fryer to save you time and calories!
Perhaps the staple of any viewing party, the dip is a must when entertaining and indisputably, guacamole is the crowd favorite. Full of healthy fats and low on processed ingredients, guacamole is the healthier alternative to a regular cheese dip and will let you binge guilt free. Because avocados are some of the most appetizing and nutrient-packed foods on earth, you’ll not only be keeping your friends’ tummies happy but their bodies happy as well!
To make this you’ll need:
- 3 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and mashed
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- ½ cup diced onion
- 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
Prepare this dish an hour before guests arrive to serve early with a side of chips. To make it just get a big bowl and firstly mash the avocados inside after which you can place the rest of the ingredients and mix them up before placing it into the fridge to cool down for some slightly chunky deliciousness.
Tip: save the avocado pits! To keep your guac lasting longer throughout the day, place a few pits at the top of the finished result to prevent browning.
Some serve all their dishes on a designated table while others like to have platters spread out around the viewing area, whichever way you choose to go, having variety is key. Even if you’re opting to bring your own item to the party, a mixed platter is a great way to go, and the host will love the thoughtful arrangement. Whether it’s cheese, meats or pickled items, making a platter is easier than you think! Once you decide on the direction you want to go, be it sweet, savory, or both, make sure to give the guests a couple choices. Say you want to create a chocolate platter, instead of placing unwrapped chocolate bars, mix it up! Pick out 4-6 different chocolate flavors (milk, dark, mint-infused) and cut them up into bite-size chunks. Play around and maybe pair it with some fruit. Get creative in your arrangement to create a visually delicious platter and voila, you’re done without having to spend a minute behind the stove!
Okay, so New England is known for their clam chowder but since a Super Bowl party is mostly about finger foods, nobody is about to sit down for a piping hot bowl of chowder. Lucky for us, the region is also known for the Whoopie Pies. The delicious dessert is always a hit and is surprisingly easy to make. In less than 30 minutes you can be eating these sweet treats which are gluten and dairy free!
All you need is:
- 1 cup cacao powder
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- Store bought or pre-made whipped coconut cream (for the filling)
Before you start, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While you wait for the oven to heat up, mix the cacao powder, brown rice flour, and the maple syrup together to create a doughy consistency. Add extra flour or syrup as needed, if it’s too dry or too wet. Once it’s all properly mixed, roll the ingredients into small balls of equal size and place them onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Press down on the balls to flatten each into a circular cookie shape. Place the pan in the oven for 10 minutes and once everything is baked let it cool completely. Use the coconut whipped cream as the filling between two cookies for a creamy treat!
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