Posted by: karascrumbs | January 20, 2012

Game Day Eats

It’s that time of year again:  football playoff season.  Just as all of the holiday parties are ending and people are starting their diets, playoff parties start happening.  And I’m sure you find you just can’t get away from all of the food.  Whether you are hosting a party or going to one, you have to have something to serve.  So I present to you three dishes that you can feel proud to serve.  They are tasty and healthy and totally party friendly.

Spiced Nuts
What party doesn’t have a bowl of nuts for people to nibble on?  Well, rather than serving boring nuts, why don’t you spice them up a bit.  Any combination of nuts will work; my favorite is walnuts, pecans, and almonds.  I can’t have it, but I think a little chili powder would be a nice addition.

 3 cups mixed nuts
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg white

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk egg white until lightly frothy.  Stir in nuts.  Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
Spread nuts evenly on a baking sheet.  Toast for 20-25 min., stirring atleast once.

Zucchini Hummus
Every party needs a cracker and dip.  Here is a twist on traditional hummus.  I love this version since I can’t eat chick peas.  This is very good served with my crackers or flatbread.  Or you could be super healthy and serve with veggie sticks.  It would also be good spread on a sandwich.

2 zucchini
3/4 cup tahini*
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 T. cumin
2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup olive oil

First, chop and finely shredd the zucchini in a food processor.  Leave the zucchini in the processor and add the remaining ingredients, except the olive oil.  Start to process.  When things appear to be mixing, slowly drizzle in the olive oil, and continue to process until everything is smooth.
*Tahini: you can buy this at most grocery and health food stores.  Or you can make your own by putting sesame seeds into a food processor and processing until a thick paste forms (similar to almond butter).  I made my own for this hummus and then shredded the zucchini on top and mixed it all together.

Zucchini Hummus with flatbread

Almond/Coconut Butter Bark
This is very easy to make and the recipe can be adapted to suite your personal tastes.  It’s a great party food because it’s finger-friendly and small.

1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup coconut butter, melted
2 T. coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 chopped nuts
3 chopped dates (optional; but delicious!)

Line an 8×8 dish with parchment paper.
Mix together the wet ingredients.  You can use a mixer or food processor if need be.
Stir in the dry mix-ins.  Add whatever you like.
Spread into pan and refrigerate until hard.  Break into pieces to serve.

I’ll be enjoying these snacks while watching my beloved New England Patriots!  Go Pats!!!


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