Can you guess the thing that I love the most about football season? It’s the food! I bet no one here is surprised by that answer. Jeez. I’m so one dimensional and predictable. Sorry guys. How do you put up with me?
Comfort food comes to mind when I think of football parties. It’s all about the dips and chips, buffalo wings, pizza, chili and of course, the beer. I also think game day food should be easy to prepare. Because no one want to be stuck in the kitchen when they are trying to watch the game. That is not conducive to maximum football-watching enjoyment.
Side note: I watched the Miss America Pageant last night while shoving Oreos in my face. That wasn’t the best idea. Especially when the time came for the bathing suit competition. Insert feelings of guilt right here. Anyways…..
These little chicken poppers are the perfect thing to try out at your next football party. They are fast, bite sized, dip-able and a surefire crowd pleaser. The chicken pieces are coated in a mixture of cashews and coconut before being baked in the oven. And the dip is made with Greek yogurt, for a lower calorie/higher protein option than a lot of other dips out there. So they aren’t even all that terrible for your waistline!
One year ago: Roasted Grape and Goat Cheese Crostinis
Apparently today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day. Sadly, I don’t have a milkshake recipe for you. Sorry. But I do have a chocolate smoothie recipe to offer up as a peace treaty. Can we still be friends? Pleeeeaaaase.
Let’s talk chocolate beverages for a moment. Chocolate milk basically kept me alive for the first 16 years of my life. I was a very picky eater in my early career as a human being. I survived on grilled cheese, peanut butter sandwiches and chocolate milk.
To say that I drank a lot of chocolate milk would be a gross understatement. Because everyday I would have a glass for breakfast, one after school and one before bed. And I’m not talking about an 8 ounce glass. I’m talking a BIG 24 ounce glass. Told you it was a lot. And I was really OCD about the whole thing. I only drank it out of a certain cup. I had to have a bendy straw. I had a certain ritual with the adding and stirring in of the Hershey’s syrup. AND after it was perfectly combined, I would microwave the chocolate milk for EXACTLY 50 seconds. So my parents and I started calling it “milk-5-0”. And they still make fun of me about it. Which I kind of deserve for being such an ass as a kid.
I’m still a big chocolate milk fan, but now I try to drink something with a little more substance to it. Empty calories are only acceptable in the form of beer, wine or bourbon. Just saying. So this is my new favorite way to enjoy “chocolate milk”.
I start with chocolate almond milk (I like to use unsweetened milk so that I can control the level of sugar in my smoothie) and a little cocoa powder. Then I blend in some good for you ingredients like avocado, spinach and a ripe banana. It’s “milk-5-0” for a grown up Liz.
One year ago: Nutella-Chunk Cookies