I’ve mentioned before the intense love of food & cooking my family has. It’s the first topic of conversation when we all get together and my favorite way to spend an evening with my mom, trying a new recipe or creating something we saw on Food Network earlier that day. Would you believe that we have already started planning our Christmas dinner menu?
Raise your hand if you love Chipotle.
Got it up? Everyone loves Chipotle.
I mean everyone. Of all the fast food places, I analyze more chipotle meals for diet records than anything else. From my student athletes to pregnant vegan women, rarely do I meet someone who doesn’t love the have-it-your-way Mexican chain. Burritos, bowls, tacos, even picky eaters are satisfied.
I love Chipotle because it’s one of the few fast food places that I know I can find something good and healthy.
Rice, beans, fajita vegetables, lettuce, salsa X 2 & guacamole. My standard order and a treat when we are traveling and need to find something quick and easy on the road. Read more…
Is it too early to be thinking Superbowl?I don’t know about your house, but the Superbowl in mine is given almost as much billing as other top holidays. A day solely reserved for football, beer, and food.
Maybe it’s because I live with someone who has almost convinced himself that he plays for the Packers, but football tends to be a topic of much discussion. Mostly, how it in going to
ruin run our weekend? What day can I plan for us to do something, and which day is BL going to be parked in front of the TV?
While I would never call myself a fan, I actually don’t mind the enormous amount of attention that BL gives his games. It allows me to enjoy almost an entire weekend day to grocery shop, cook, and work on this blog. All without interruption from B. That being said, I am also ready to kiss this season goodbye! I’m excited to get him back to enjoy Sunday brunch, workouts, and weekend get-aways.
Whether your favorite team is playing or not, chances are good that you will be spending this day with family or friends, enjoying commercials, questionable halftime shows, football & food. Think of the Superbowl as a second Thanksgiving, with the average day of grazing clocking in at well over 1,000 calories and a day’s worth of saturated fat. For New Year’s Resolutioners, it’s the first ‘big test’ of the year. No matter what your goal, here are my top picks for surviving, no thriving, during the Super Bowl.
I’ve also included 5 yummy recipes that will be featured in my Superbowl Spread. What are you making?
Cauliflower Buffalo Wings
You knew these were going in the mix, right? I’m officially obsessed.
Tip #1: Bring something for you, and others, to enjoy. Try creating a healthier version of your favorite dip or entree for you, and others, to share. Bean chili, cauliflower chicken wings, low-fat dip and vegetables, or guacamole are all easy, mostly familiar choices. That way you can fill up on healthier choices, while still leaving room to indulge in your favorites.
Photo and Recipe: Beach Cookies by Chef Chloe
Tip #2: It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Most Super Bowl spreads are meant to be enjoyed over the course of 4+ hours, so no need to over indulge before the halftime show. Use smaller plates and place a small amount, just a bite or two, of foods. When finished, put down the plate. Wait at least twenty minutes before going back for seconds and only get stuff that is truly worth it.
Awesome Easy Layer Dip
Photo and Recipe: Chorizo, Mango, & Avocado dip from C’est La Vegan
Tip #3: Watch the alcohol. Ice cold beer pairs so well with bar-type food, even more so when the game is on. However, we all know that alcohol isn’t calorie free. Not only does overindulging make you more likely to overeat at the buffet table, it also contributes to empty, non-filling calories. Choose a light beer and stick to 1-2. My favorite drink? Ginger Beer & Vodka. Keeping it classy in the DK household
Dill Pickle French Fries
Photo and Recipe: Peas & Thank You
Tip #4: Exercise the day of. Since most of the afternoon/evening will be spent on the couch, make it a point to move earlier in the day. Enjoy a walk with family, go on a bike ride, or take a class at the gym, whatever motivates you to move!
Chipotle Black Bean Chili
Smoky Black Bean Chili with Tortilla Chips
Enjoy your three-day weekend!
There are a lot of things we eat in excess in my house. Topping the list: tomato sauce, spinach, frozen mango cubes, and salsa. I think BL single handily takes down a jar of salsa every week. Besides his chips and salsa obsession, salsa goes on most of his meal foods like salad, eggs, burritos, and more.
I have this very annoying compulsion to make most of my food from scratch. I’m sure I don’t have to dig too deep into my type-A personality to figure out where that need comes from, especially because I indulge it on almost a daily basis. Maybe it’s because most of the ingredients in packaged food disgust and/or scare me or that I like proving just how granola/do-it-yourself-y I really am. Whatever the reason, I also know that I get tired of buying endless amounts of salsa to feed BLs need, so I jarred my own. (P.S. Costco’s Kirkland Brand Organic salsa might be the best jarred salsa anywhere)
Thanks to my mother #2, BL’s Mom of Walnut Burger fame, I was gifted this recipe just in time for summer tomatoes. The other advantage of doing most things from scratch? You save a ton of dough. I bought lbs. of slightly-blemished organic tomatoes from the Farmer’s Market for just $0.75 a lb. Show me any market that you can get tomatoes for that price!
So, try it out! As far as canning recipes go, this one is pretty simple and only takes a few hours from start to finish.
Recipe Type: Condiment
- 9 cups chopped tomatoes (skin removed, see below)
- 3 cups chopped green peppers
- 3 cups chopped onions
- 4 jalapeno peppers chopped (leave seeds in for extra kick)
- 8 cloves of garlic chopped
- 6 tsp. canning salt
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 12 oz tomato paste
- Put all ingredients into a large pot. Simmer for 20-30 minutes. Process 25 minutes in pint jars. Makes 6-8 pints.
- To remove the skins, boil a small pot of water. Place the tomatoes in, a few at a time, and leave for ~60 seconds. Remove and place in a ice bath. When cool to the touch, peel the skins off and discard. Then chop tomatoes.
- Place all ingredients into a large pot. Simmer for 25 minutes.
- To process jars:
- Heat a large pot of boiling water
- Place salsa into steralized canning jars, leaving 1/4″ headspace at the top. Wipe the lid of the jar with a clean rag. Place the lid onto the jar and twist to close. Place the jars into the boiling water and process for 25 minutes. Remove. When they have sealed (you will hear a pop sound) store in a cool place until ready to use.
Have you tried canning yet? It is easier than you think and totally worth it. Especially for those foods you find yourself consuming in excessive qualities
I am eagerly awaiting fall to try my hand at pumpkin and/or apple butter!