Sunday, February 03, 2019
Fast, Easy Super Bowl Recipes
Fruit - This might take more time but everyone in the family loves it, especially in the winter! I get some fruit. Whatever I can get. If I do blueberries, strawberries, fresh pineapple chunks, and some cantaloupe then I'll cut them up, throw in a bowl and toss with powdered sugar. The powdered sugar keeps the fruit fresh and adds sweetness. If I make an apple salad then I cut the apples up, finely chop some celery, throw in some black walnuts and then toss with a dressing I make. I use Duke's mayo (not meant to be an endorsement, it's just the only mayo I use), add some balsamic vinaigrette and sugar to sweeten. I throw in some poppy seeds and whisk. Taste and adjust the ingredients until you like it. If these don't appeal to you, make a congealed fruit salad with some mandarin oranges, orange Jello and grated coconut. Throw in some nuts (everyone likes fruit and nuts together) and whisk in some Cool Whip and put in the refrigerator to set. Not to endorse Jello and Cool Whip, just what I use.
Beanie Weanies - My two fast rules are to only use Hebrew National hot dogs and Bush's Baked Beans. I chop up the wienies in bite size pieces, throw them into a casserole dish and add the baked beans. Pop in the oven and there you are! By the way, I don't mean to endorse a product, I make no money from endorsing them, it's my own opinion and it's just what I use. Make your choices based on what your family prefers.
Homemade Salsa - I use my Vitamix mixer (you can use a food processor, blender or emulsifier). I throw in either canned roma tomatoes (for more flesh and less seeds) or fresh tomatoes, depending on the season. I add washed chopped fresh cilantro leaves, chopped onion, a clove of garlic, salt and pepper. You can add something hot if you like it that way. Turn on the mixer and pour into a bowl! Serve with tortilla chips.
Homemade Guacamole - For this I use my emulsifier. I use 2 ripe avocados, some chopped onion, a clove of fresh garlic, washed and chopped fresh cilantro leaves, salt and pepper, a little lemon and/or lime juice. Emulsify and you're done! Serve with tortilla chips.
Sausage Cheese Crockpot Dip - Brown a lb of sausage and a lb of beef, drain and throw into your crockpot. Add a package of taco seasoning and 2 cans of diced roma tomatoes. Throw in a package of cream cheese and a 16 oz package of Velveeta white cheese (again, not meant to be an endorsement, it's just what I use). Heat up your crockpot but keep it on warm. If it's too hot, it tends to separate and it can get real thick if it's too cool. So use your trusty crockpot on a low setting. Serve with tortilla chips.
Wings - You can do this on the grill or in the oven. Throw your wings in a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl, add the BBQ sauce of your choice. As soon as the wings come to a boil, drain the water and toss the wings in the mixing bowl of BBQ sauce. Then bake or grill to finish them off. Some variations to the recipe are some hot sauce for some spice; use Ranch dressing instead of BBQ sauce; sprinkle fresh chopped cilantro leaves over the finished wings; toss the wings in a mustard sauce and sprinkle sesame seeds on top; use a wasabe sauce for a dip. Cut you some celery sticks to go with it.
We have a Krispy Kreme here so my dessert would be donuts. Can't get any easier or more delicious. If you don't have a KK, then maybe some cookies or cupcakes. Leave off the dessert if you are worried about empty calories.
This may not be the healthiest but it's not bad either. You have fruit, vegetables (avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, celery, onion), carbohydrates and protein (cheeses, beans and meats).
I used to love watching football and the Super Bowl usually meant a small family party. I haven't watched football since they began "protesting" by refusing to show honor during our National Anthem. My way of protesting is by turning them off and not going to any games. It's one thing to protest injustices but it's quite another to disrespect our entire country, government, military and democracy because of the perceived injustices done by a few. Of course there is some injustices and some racism because, with human beings, you are always going to have a few rotten apples in the bushel. But America is one of the few places in the world, and in the history of mankind, where injustice and racism are no longer wanted and we have striven to make our country a more level playing field (excuse my pun) for everyone: black, white, male, female, rich, poor, young, old, etc. So to target America (the place where everyone wants to live BECAUSE we offer better opportunities) is silly. Especially protests done by privileged, highly paid players of a game who are usually treated like superstars. It's a little hard to see past their bank accounts, their expensive sports cars and their shiny gold chains to see what injustices they are talking about. They seem to have risen through the ranks despite any "injustices". Their hard work and commitment to their sport has paid off BECAUSE they have the opportunity, in America, to excel. If there were real injustices, they wouldn't have had the opportunity to excel and become sports superstars with big checks no matter how much they wanted it or worked hard to get it. So, excuse me, if I don't feel your pain. Go protest a real injustice and I'll be behind you. But don't protest my country when it's the best humanity has ever come up with! I won't be watching the Super Bowl, even for the commercials. I think I'll stick to the Puppy Bowl or Kitten Bowl!
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