Game Day

If you ask me whose playing in the Superbowl, I promise you I will NOT know the answer. My husband says he stopped watching football once he started dating me. And that’s pretty accurate. No one in my family ever watched sports, so that is that. Lol. He can totally watch it, but my main focus will always be the food and the halftime show! But now that we have 2 boys, he has made a point to start watching it again. I’m ok with that, as long as there is some good food, not just a bowl of Doritos!

So if you are planning on watching the game and are having friends over, here are some of my favorite game day foods that will keep everyone happy, whether they watch the game or not… Feel free to pick and choose your favorites and throw in some classics like chicken wings and chili!

  • You have to start with chips and dip! People come hungry on game day and love to pick. These are two of my favorite dips that will start the day off in the right direction.

Guacamole and Salsa: This combo is always a hit and goes quick on days like this, so make double batches!

If you were asked to bring a dish to a friend’s house, this Shoepeg Corn Salad is amazing! Make ahead and bring a big bag of Tostitos. It will be the star of the game.

 

  • I like to serve pizza as an appetizer. I highly recommend you keep the toppings simple and use a pizza slicer to slice them into small, handheld slices. For some reason everything tastes better when it’s bite size.
  • Stuffed Bread is a great option for game day. It’s a hearty meal for big eaters.
  • And who doesn’t love a big platter of meatballs? I would make them small enough so that you can serve them with toothpicks and your friends can just pop them in their mouth!

If your’e crowd isn’t full after all this food, you may have a problem. But I think everyone should be full and happy.

I know most people want beer on Game Day, but if I was at a Super Bowl party after hours of drinking and eating I’d be looking for strong coffee and a sweet treat! Hello, Annie’s Crumb Cake… It’s simple, delicious and will feed your crowd.

Go Mets! JK, but not kidding…

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Let’s Get a Poppin’

So for Christmas we secretly converted our office into a movie room/game room. The boys love it! Our house is small and as they grow it will give them some space to hang out with their friends other than in their rooms. We don’t have a couch yet, but we do have some cool chairs and a bar cart. I filled the bar cart with some fun snacks, but wanted to keep it healthy. The last thing I want is them hiding out in their “MAN” cave, playing video games for 3 hours and eating handfuls of movie candy!

BUT

Popcorn is a perfect snack to fill my family up when they are looking to snack…

Do you still buy microwave popcorn thinking, how bad can it be? My mom is my personal Dr. Oz. She calls my sisters and I immediately after she watches DR. Oz to tell us to throw out everything in our pantry! And I usually listen. It’s crazy what some of our food has in it. So, I haven’t bought microwave popcorn in years! My mom said I can’t, so I don’t. She saw this video a couple of years back, so I don’t blame her…

Well, I recently purchased this Family-Size Popcorn Maker. Popcorn, without the scary chemicals, is a healthy whole grain food that is low in calories and high in fiber! So, let’s get a poppin’!

The Family-Size Microwave Popcorn Maker gives you the convenience of a bag of microwaveable popcorn without the extra cost and chemicals. You’ll have a healthy snack in minutes.

  • Makes about 12 cups of popcorn.
  • Includes bowl, lid, and cup.
  • 9¾” diameter.
  • Cup has a ¼-cup capacity.
  • Pop with or without oil or butter.
  • Silicone.
  • Collapses for compact storage.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • One-year guarantee.

Of course once I purchased the new Microwave Popcorn Maker, we had to try out some recipes!

I started out with a simple Buttered Popcorn🍿and then tried my favorite, Kettle Corn…

Both were a hit and have no chemicals! 👏🏼👏🏼

Buttered Popcorn

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: EASY
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Ingredients

  • 2 caps of kernels
  • 4 tablespoons of salted butter
  • Sea Salt for seasoning

Directions

  1. Add kernels to popcorn maker.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of salted butter.
  3. Place cover on the popcorn maker.
  4. Add 2 more tablespoon to the vented cap on top.
  5. Keep the cap open and place the popcorn maker off-center in the microwave, but make sure it doesn’t touch the walls.
  6. Microwave for about 4-5 minutes. This time will vary depending on your microwave.
  7. Add sea salt to your liking! Mix and enjoy!

***Pay attention to the popping. Stop the microwave when there are 1-2 seconds between pops***

Kettle Corn

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: EASY
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Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels

Directions

  1. Add kernels to popcorn maker.
  2. Add salt, sugar, and coconut oil.
  3. Mix together so kernels are coated evenly.
  4. Place cover on the popcorn maker.
  5. Keep the cap open and place the popcorn maker off-center in the microwave, but make sure it doesn’t touch the walls.
  6. Microwave for about 4-5 minutes. This time will vary depending on your microwave.
  7. Add more salt if you’d like. Mix and enjoy!

***Pay attention to the popping. Stop the microwave when there are 1-2 seconds between pops***

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The smaller size Microwave Popcorn Maker is just as great, but will only make about 5 cups of popcorn.

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Soup Season

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I just came back from a weekend in Long Island and was quickly reminded that it is soup season! I had so much fun with all the girls and of course my adorable nephew, but I was freezing. My Florida blood couldn’t handle the cold. I make soup all year long due to the fact that it is usually easy and healthy. Some soups are heartier than others. If a soup I make is not filling enough for my hungry family, I will make a salad and some garlic bread before. Here is a list of FIVE of my favorites that I put on rotation all year long, not just this time of year!

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Honestly, if you are a soup maker like me you need a slow cooker and a dutch oven.

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I love a white bowl for soup. These bowls are simple in white with a chic square edge design. Set of 8/$24.99

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Kid-Friendly Breakfast Options

 

 

 

I feel the most important meal for kids is breakfast. They get rushed off in the morning and are expected to have energy and patience all day while they learn. That certainly can’t be done with a big bowl of sugary cereal or a cinnamon bun in the morning. Way back before I had kids, I was a teacher. I saw the difference between the kids that had a nutritious breakfast and the kids that did not. I taught kindergarten and I used to get in trouble because I let them rest their heads on their desks in the afternoon. Most of them fell asleep. Poor babies needed a nap. Guess that’s why I’m not a teacher anymore. Lol.

But there are so many options for breakfast. It just might take a little time to make ahead each week.

I made a list of some of my favorite kid friendly breakfast items that will give your kids the energy they need to keep their brains on point all day. Most of these can be used for  lunch or snack as well!

  1. Eggs: When I eat an egg or two I am full for hours. It gives me energy and prevents me from snacking like I usually do.
    • Hard Boiled Eggs: I usually hard boil 6 at a time. These can be eaten with just salt and pepper. That’s usually my mid morning snack while I’m rushing around. My son loves deviled eggs. Take the yolk out and mix with a little mayo, salt and pepper. Put the mixture back in the middle of the egg and sprinkle with paprika! Hard boiled eggs can also be used in salads or to make a quick and simple egg salad.
    • Egg Muffins: My son Dominick has two for breakfast and sometimes two before bed. He’s growing and always hungry!
  2. Muffins: The muffins we buy at the store have some scary ingredients.
    • Whole Wheat Banana Muffins: These are filled with great ingredients and taste delicious! I have to hide them from my husband because he will eat the whole batch! My son Matthew has one as a snack in school and two for dessert.
    • Pumpkin Muffins: It does not have to be Halloween to enjoy pumpkin muffins! If bananas aren’t your thing, all you need is a can or two of pumpkin…
  3. Bring on the smoothies! I am a big fan of smoothies. I love that you can customize them with what you like. They can also be prepared in freezer bags and placed in the freezer. All you have to do is dump it in the blender and add your choice of water, milk or juice!
    • Triple Berry Smoothie: This is my go to smoothie that everyone in my family enjoys. I love that there is a big bunch of spinach in it!
    • I also make a very simple kid friendly smoothie some mornings that both of my boys love. No spinach, but a great big serving of fruit!
      • 1 cup of frozen strawberries
      • 1 frozen banana
      • 1 cup of watermelon
      • 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of orange juice
    • Smoothie Bowl: If sometimes your kids need a little bit more crunch to their breakfast, you can make a smoothie bowl. We enjoy it with peanut butter and granola with some sliced bananas on top. Simple and delicious.

 


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Egg Muffins

I really love to start my day healthy. It may not always end up that way, but if I could give us all a head start, that works for me. I like to prepare quick, healthy breakfasts ahead of time so I don’t have to do much cooking in the morning. I enjoy taking it easy and drinking my coffee while I plan for all the other big meals. I have been making these egg muffins for a while now. They are filled with veggies and protein and are delicious. They go quick because everyone grabs them throughout the day, so double the recipe if you want to have enough on hand. They can easily be stored in the fridge or freezer. I take a few out of the freezer each day and put them in the fridge. It takes about 20-40 seconds to heat it in the microwave. We like to add a dab of Sriracha on top for a little spice!

***Keep in mind that any of these veggies and cheese can be replaced with what you have in the house or what you prefer!***

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All you will need to get started is a muffin pan!

Egg Muffins

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 of a small onion, diced small
  • 1 container of baby bella mushrooms, rinsed and chopped small
  • 1-2 handfuls of baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 piece of Swiss cheese, broken up into small pieces
  • 3 or 4 pieces of bacon broken up into little pieces(I use this if I already have some leftover in the fridge, otherwise I’ll leave it out)
  • 2 tablespoons of milk or 1/2 and 1/2
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray muffin pan with non stick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the eggs, veggies, cheese, bacon and milk. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Mix until it is all combined.
  5. Evenly distribute the egg mixture into the muffin pan.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes or until fully cooked.

Enjoy!

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Happy New Year! I wonder how I got through my days before smoothies… It is such an easy meal or snack. And they always make me feel good. I try to prepare our smoothies for the whole week so we can grab them on the go, in the morning, or whenever we need a quick meal.

There is one thing you will definitely need before you get started on your smoothie making skills. You have to have a good quality blender. I LOVE my NINJA! I have the old model and love it.

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Triple Berry Smoothies

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of Spinach or kale or both(I use spinach)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Chia seeds(Or Flax seeds or both)
  • 1 Banana(I keep plenty in the freezer peeled and cut in half, so when I need them I have them.)
  • 1 cup of Mixed Berries(I get the big bag of triple berry blend at BJ’s. You can use whatever variety you like. There’s tropical blend or just strawberries. Sometimes I put the fruit that is gonna go bad in a day or two in the freezer and use that.)
  • 1 & 1/2 cups of Almond milk( I can’t live without the Califia Toasted Coconut. It’s really tasty and healthy)

Optional ingredients:  

  • 2 tablespoons of 2% Greek yogurt- (plain, vanilla or coconut)
  •  1 scoop of protein powder
  • a splash of leftover coffee
  • 1/4 cup of quick cooking oats
  • 1-2 tablespoons of nut butter(I prefer almond or peanut butter)
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

Directions

  1. Dump all of your ingredients in your blender and blend until it is a smooth consistency.

Enjoy!

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Sausage and Peppers

This is one of those meals that I make if I need to feed a lot of hungry people. You can make it all ahead and then just heat and serve. It’s filling and delicious. I either serve it with a big loaf of Italian bread OR I add potatoes to the recipe. This time I added potatoes and it was yummy! I like to use good quality pork sausages or chicken sausages.

If you are looking to keep it light for the new year, use chicken sausages and no bread. You can even add mushrooms to get more veggies in.

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There are a few items you will need to help you prepare this delicious family meal:

Kitchen Shears

Large Sheet Pan

Sausage and Peppers

Ingredients

 

  • 3 rings of Italian sausages or 2 packages. (You can get mild, sweet, or spicy.)
  • 6-8 peppers, seeded and sliced (I use mostly cubanelle peppers and then add a couple of red bell)
  • 1 bag of small potatoes, sliced or quartered
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced or sliced
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Dried oregano
  • Optional:  14.5 oz  can of tomato sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Unfold sausage rings and cut with kitchen scissors to pieces about the size of a hot dog.
  3. Place on a large baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes turning halfway. Set to the side until vegetables are done.  (The sausages should be brown, but not too overdone because you will be cooking them again. You can also throw them on the grill and they would be even better!)
  4. Place the peppers, potatoes, onion and garlic in a separate baking sheet.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and oregano. Toss to coat evenly.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes turning a couple of times so everything gets cooked evenly.
  7. Add the sausages to the baking sheet with the vegetables. If using the tomato sauce, pour the can of sauce on top and mix it all together so everything is coated.
  8. At this point you can put the whole tray in the fridge until about a half hour before you are ready to eat. When you are ready, put it back in the oven until hot-about 20 minutes.

Enjoy!    

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