What food should I make for the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl 2015

Seattle Seahawks vs New England Patriots

With the Super Bowl next Sunday, you are probably asking yourself the question “What food should I make for my Super Bowl Party?”  And if you have people coming over you probably have some that are vegetarian or gluten free or just plain picky (I fall in that category :)).  So I thought I would create a list of the recipes I have already shared on my blog that may come in handy for the big game.

First off no Super Bowl is complete without some really good chili, especially if you are in a cold climate like we are.  So here are my recipes for chili.  One is vegetarian and one is full of beef. Both are delicious and easy to make and of course gluten free. Make the day before and the flavor will be awesome!

Of course you need some finger food heres some good choices to make everyone happy.  And for the salad if you put in fake bacon the meat eaters won’t even know.

Great vegetarian snacks.

And finally you need some sweets stuff to go with the chips.  Here’s some of my favorites.  No big surprise that most of them have chocolate as an ingredient!

Great sweet snacks for the party.

What are your favorite Super Bowl treats?  Please share in the comments below.

Just like Samoa Girl Scout Cookies, but Gluten Free and Paleo

Paleo Samoa Girl Scout Cookies

Paleo Samoa Girl Scout Cookies

Samoa’s are one of my favorite Girl Scout Cookies, so I was very happy to find this recipe. I made these at Christmas and this recipe is a  replicate of Samoa Girl Scout Cookies that is Gluten Free and Paleo.  This was another bit hit with Veggie Hubby and our neighbors.  I couldn’t find the original posting on the internet for this recipe or I would give credit to the original poster.

This recipe made 24 cookies.  My only change from the original is I forgot to indent the cookies in step 5 below.  This recipe is quick to make and only has 6 ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder (dark chocolate)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line baking pan with parchment paper
  3. In a bowl, combine the coconut, eggs, vanilla extract, honey, Mix well until a sticky dough-like texture forms.
  4. On the parchment baking paper, place flat circles of dough about 2″ apart
  5. With a small spoon, or your finger, dig a small well on top of the dough (this is for chocolate, which you add later) (I forgot this step)
  6. Then bake for 20-25 minutes until edges begin to brown
  7. Melt the coconut oil and stir in the cocoa powder
  8. Once the macaroons are done baking and cooled, drizzle the chocolate over them.

Please comment below with suggestions for improvements or other Gluten Free cookies recipes.

Paleo Samoa Girl Scout Cookies

Paleo Samoa Girl Scout Cookies

Ginger Shortbread Cookies – Gluten Free, Paleo

Finished Ginger Shortbread Cookies

Finished Ginger Shortbread Cookies

Over the holidays we tried out this recipe for Ginger Shortbread Cookies.  This was one of our favorites.  As you see from the picture to the left I did not dip the cookies and put sprinkles on them like the original recipe.  Veggie Hubby doesn’t like sprinkles so I decided to make them to look more like thumbprint cookies.

This recipe is very easy and quick to make.  Only about 10-15 minutes to mix and another 1o minutes to cook.  I didn’t use a cookie cutter, I just shaped with my hands. Once they have cooled you can put the melted chocolate on top.  I used the Chocolove Chocolate chips that are pictured below and melted about 3/4 cup to put on top of the cookies.  Veggie Hubby ate one of the cookies before I could get the chocolate on top of them, thus why the picture only has 11 instead of the 12 the recipe makes.

Please share any additional suggestions you have for improving the recipe!

Before the chocolate is added!

Before the chocolate is added!

Chocolove Dark Chocolate Chips

Chocolove Dark Chocolate Chips

Zucchini Noodles Gluten Free alternative!

Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini Noodles

One of the new kitchen tools we bought a few months ago was a Vegetable Spiral Slicer from Amazon.  We have mostly used it with Zucchini to make Zucchini noodles.  These are a great alternative to traditional spaghetti noodles.  I have tried several recipes with these noodles and the easiest is to make the noodles, put them in a glass dish and cover with your favorite spaghetti sauce. Set the oven at 400 degrees and cook for 10-15 minutes.

I  have been adding a breaded chicken patty for me (which I thought was gluten free but it turns out the nuggets in this brand are gluten free but the chicken patties are not).  For Veggie Hubby we usually use a veggie burger. He has several favorites so it depends on what we have in the freezer.  This makes for a very quick, yummy and healthy meal!

I’ll post some of the other recipes I have tried in future blog post.  Do you have any great recipes or ideas for Zucchini noodles?

Vegetable Spiral Slicer

Vegetable Spiral Slicer

Zucchini noodles with Spaghetti Sauce

Zucchini noodles with Spaghetti Sauce

Marinara Zucchini Noodles with Gluten Free Chicken Patty

Marinara Zucchini Noodles with Gluten Free Chicken Patty

Applegate Chicken Patties

Applegate Chicken Patties

Yummy Easy Snack – Chocolate Macaroons

Chocolate Macaroons

Chocolate Macaroons

I tried out this Chocolate Macaroon Recipe over the holidays.  It was a hit.  It is very easy to make and very yummy! A great variation on the classical plane coconut macaroon. I will definitely be making this again as a great snack to to eat after a meal or to drive away afternoon munchies!

The picture is the Macaroons in my oven.  They cook on a very low heat and the recipe was pretty true to length of time.

Below you can see a picture of my cookie plate with a chocolate macaroon on the upper edge.  Definitely 4 thumbs up for this recipe (2 from me and 2 from veggie hubby)!

Goodie Plate - Chocolate Macaroon on upper edge of plate!

Goodie Plate – Chocolate Macaroon on upper edge of plate!

Yummy Gluten Free Biscuits

Gluten Free Biscuits

Gluten Free Biscuits – before cooking

One of our favorite breakfast items are these Gluten Free Biscuits. I have made these many times over the last year and we always love them. Fresh from the oven they taste of melted butter and honey. We even reheat them in the toaster  a couple of days later and they are still yummy. Just wrap one in tin foil and reheat for a few minutes.

You can find the original recipe here.  The only change I have made is I add an extra egg for a total of 2 eggs.  I’m not sure if this works better because veggie hubby and I live at high altitude or because we just like the consistency better. With our convection oven we cook them at 325 for 15 minutes.

You can see in the background of the picture above that I use a couple of Pampered chef products.  The first is the pastry blender and the second is the adjustable measuring cup.  I love the adjustable measuring cup because the arrowroot flour tends to stick to the cup and I can just push the lever and it pushes most of the flour out.  I also use the adjustable measuring spoons, but they are not pictured.  The adjustable measuring spoons are great because I can push honey out of the tablespoon and when I cut recipes in 1/2 or 1/4 I can easily and accurately measure smaller quantities.  The adjustable measuring spoons happen to be one of my favorite cooking tools and I just ordered another set! I’m sure My Pampered Chef Lady – Ginger would be happy to sell you one of any of these :).

I have divided this recipe into more biscuits.  8-10 of them, you just need to adjust the cook time down if you do this.

Gluten Free Biscuits

Gluten Free Biscuits – fresh from the oven

Gluten Free Pizza (Paleo) – Great for football watching days!

Gluten Free Pizza - 1/2 is vegetarian

Gluten Free Pizza – 1/2 is vegetarian

One of our new favorite meals is Gluten Free Pizza.  The Pizza Crust recipe is located here.  This takes about 45 minutes to make and cook but it is really delicious. Please learn from my mistake.  You do need to grease the pizza sheet before putting down the crust or it will stick!

Veggie Hubby does not eat cheese so he decided to have green peppers and artichoke hearts on his side without cheese.  I like cheese so I put organic Italian blend shredded cheese from Whole Foods and uncured Pepperoni from Whole Foods.  The pizza sauce  is Organicville Gluten Free Pizza Sauce  which also came from Whole Foods and it is wonderful! Although I did look for the pizza sauce in Whole Foods today and they didn’t seem to be carrying it any more. 😦

Gluten Free Crust after 10 minutes in oven

Gluten Free Crust after 10 minutes in oven

Pizza is a favorite meal when watching Saturday night NCAA football or Sunday or Monday night NFL football!

Gluten Free Pizza ready for oven

Gluten Free Pizza ready for oven