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Friday, February 4, 2011

Super Yummy Super Bowl Eats!

This Sunday cook up some easy but super yummy Super Bowl eats that will have your guests going home happy no matter who wins the big game!

You just can’t have a Super Bowl party without nachos. Make these super-loaded nachos for your guests and they will go home happy, no matter who wins! Just make sure to have extra ingredients on hand to make more because they will disappear fast! 

Corn Tortilla Chips
Shredded vegan cheese (I used my new favorite, Daiya vegan cheese, cheddar and mozzarella styles)
Black beans, rinsed and drained
Diced tomatoes
Chopped cilantro
Diced avocado
Jalapeno slices
Chopped green onion
Squeeze of fresh lime juice

How to Make It:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place chips on a large oven-safe plate, platter or baking sheet. Top chips with a layer of shredded vegan cheese.
  • Add remaining toppings to the chips-black beans, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, jalapeno, green onion, and lime juice. 
  • Add one more light layer of cheese and bake in the oven until cheese is melted and beans are warm, about 10-15 minutes. 
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

These simple pizza bites are easy to make and great finger food for guests to eat while watching the big game. You can pre-make and pre-bake the crust the day before so come game day all you need to do is add the toppings and pop it into the oven for 10 to 15 minutes!  Decorate the pizza with your teams colors, or go half and half for the Steelers and the Packers using different colored toppings!

Steelers team colors are, black, gold, and white.
Packers team colors are, green and yellow.

Allergen-Free pizza crust (try my yummy pizza crust recipe!) formed into a square shape and pre-cooked. 
Tomato or Pizza Sauce
Sweet onion, chopped in slices or diced
Mushrooms, chopped
Black olives, sliced - (Steelers)
Orange bell pepper, diced - (Steelers)
Green bell pepper, diced - (Packers)
Yellow bell pepper, diced - (Packers)
Shredded Vegan Cheese (I used Daiya Vegan Cheese, both cheddar and mozzarella styles, cheddar for the Packers and mozzarella for the Steelers)

How to Make It:
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spread tomato or pizza sauce evenly on the pre-cooked pizza crust.
  • Add a light layer of both of the shredded vegan cheese styles to the entire pizza.
  • Sprinkle the onions and mushrooms evenly onto the pizza.
  • Cover one half (Packers) with the green and yellow bell peppers.
  • Cover the other half (Steelers) with the orange bell peppers and black olives. 
  • Add another light layer of the vegan cheeses over entire pizza, mozzarella on the Steelers half and cheddar on the Packers half.. 
  • Cook pizza for about 10 to 15 minutes or until cooked throughly and cheese melted. 
  • Cut pizza into square bite-sized pieces.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Okay, so this one is not at all allergen-free for me, but it is my absolute favorite recipe from before and my husband loves it. I have always gotten rave reviews every time I’ve served it, and it is a healthier take on store bought dip. So for your non-allergen guests, or if you can have dairy, this is a must make! Serve with bread, veggies, chips, pretty much anything you can dip! 

4 cups baby spinach leaves
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup milk
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts, drained, chopped

How to Make It:
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 1-quart shallow glass baking dish or 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.
  • Place spinach in 2-quart microwavable casserole; add 1/4 cup water. Cover; microwave on High 2 minutes. Drain well, pressing spinach with paper towels to remove excess liquid. Chop spinach. (Or I just put it in a saucepan on the stove and cook for a couple minutes until the spinach is soft since we don’t have a microwave, either way works.)
  • In large bowl, beat cream cheese with spoon until smooth. 
  • Beat in mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese, the milk, garlic and basil until well blended. 
  • Stir in spinach and artichokes until combined. 
  • Spread evenly in baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon cheese.
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through.
  • Enjoy!

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