Chipotle Sweet Potato and Black Bean Hash with Guacamole

Chipotle Sweet Potato and Black Bean Hash with Guacamole
Up next for my menu for the Big Game is a hearty, tasty and healthy sweet potato and black bean hash topped with a simple guacamole for breakfast to ensure that you start the day off right! (Although I will be making this for the big game it is perfect any time of the year!) This hash is super simple to make, it starts with bacon (omit for vegetarian), followed by onions, garlic, cumin, chipotle chili powder, the sweet potatoes and finally the black beans before being topped with a simple guacamole. The key to a quick cooking time is to dice the sweet potatoes small as the larger the sweet potato cubes are the longer it will take to cook them until tender. I like to keep things simple and go with an avocado topping with lime juice and salt but if you want something a little more complex you can go with a more robust guacamole. Of course pretty much everything is better when topped with a fried egg so I like throw some on as well and that gives me a trio of my favourite foods: bacon, eggs and avocado all on a tasty bed of sweet potato and black bean hash! Feel free to add any other extras like sour cream, salsa, cheese, etc.

Healthy Game Day Snacking

Healthy Game Day Snacking

Earlier this week I shared with you some of my favourite game day snacks for the upcoming Big Game, aka the football playoffs, but you may have noticed that a lot of them were not the healthiest recipes around so I decided to come up with a list of healthier munchies for the game. I know that a lot of you are rolling your eyes about now but these recipes are lighter without sacrificing anything in the way of flavour! The only things that are sacrificed are the carbs, calories and fat and all of these recipes are really easy to make and super tasty! This list of healthy game day snacks includes everything from buffalo cauliflower to veggie pizzas, dips, grilled meat on a stick, nachos, baked crispy veggie 'fries', quesadillas, chilies, casseroles, etc; pretty much anything that you could ask for! So if you are looking for some lighter snacking ideas for the Big Game this weekend I've got you covered and no matter which of these recipes you choose they are sure to satisfy and make your party the talk of the town!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pizza

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pizza
My favourite dip hands down has to be the hot spinach and artichoke dip and for this years Big Game for the football playoffs I thought that I would bring it in pizza form! The basic idea was to make a pizza with all of the flavours of the spinach and artichoke dip and as it turns out it is freaking amazing! This pizza is also super easy to make, you start by brushing the pizza sauce, in this case a garlic olive oil, onto the pizza crust, drop on some dollops of cream cheese followed by mozzarella and parmesan along with the stars of the show the spinach and artichokes before baking it until golden brown and bubbly; it's all done in less than 20 minutes! Both fresh and frozen spinach work well in this pizza and if you want to kick things up a bit you can try adding things like bacon, sun dried tomatoes or even shredded chicken. I will definitely be making this pizza very often and especially for the Big Game this weekend!

Korean Bulgogi and Kimchi Nachos

Korean Bulgogi and Kimchi Nachos
One of my favourite game day snacks is nachos and this time I though that I would combine them with one of my favourite cuisines, Korean cuisine, and so I present to you these Korean themed nachos with bulgogi, kimchi and plenty of melted cheese! Bulgogi is Korean BBQ beef that is marinated in a tasty sweet and salty sauce that is absolutely divine all by itself but it gets even better in these nachos. Kimchi is fermented cabbage that is on the sour side and can be spicy but when combined with the sweet bulgogi and the melted cheese it mellows out and really brings these nachos together! From there you can top the nachos with what you want and I like to go with sour cream (well I actually use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream), green onions and sesame seeds. If you like things hot, you can't go wrong with a spicy gochujang sauce or some sriracha! Of course everything is better when topped with a fried egg with a runny yolk so turn these bulgogi and kimchi nachos into a meal by adding some!

Crispy Parmesan Cauliflower Bites

Parmesan Cauliflower Bites
First up for my new snacking recipes for the Big Game (the NFL football playoffs) are these tasty little crispy parmesan cauliflower bites; aka crispy cauliflower popcorn! I had been seeing this recipe all over pinterest for a long time with the source being Damn Delicious and I had just been itching to try it. The recipe is super simple, you just cut the cauliflower into florets, dip them in egg followed by a mixture of panko breadcrumbs, parmesan and creole seasoning before frying them until golden brown and crispy. Normally I do not do a lot of deep frying but since I was frying a healthy vegetable I figured it would even out, though I am sure that you could also bake them if you wanted to. I have to say that these crispy parmesan cauliflower bites are amazingly good, super addictive, my new favourite snack and perfect for the Big Game!

Game Day Snacking

Game Day Snacking


The football playoffs are next weekend and that means that it's time to start planning your game day snacking menu! Whether you are throwing party at home in front of the big screen or heading out to a tailgating party you are going to need some tasty snacks! With that in mind I have gathered some of my favourite football munchies recipes and they include everything from decadent dips to chicken wings, chilies, grilled meat, jalapeno poppers, potato skins and grilled cheese sandwiches! All of these recipes are easy to make and many of them are even slow cooker friendly so drop that phone and don't bother ordering takeout when you can make something far better at home with little or no effort! No matter which of these recipes you make, they are all sure to keep you satisfied while watching the big game!

Roasted Pumpkin and Green Bean Quinoa Salad in Thai Peanut Dressing

Roasted Pumpkin and Green Bean Quinoa Salad in Thai Peanut Dressing
It's time for another pumpkin recipe and this time we've got a roasted pumpkin and green bean quinoa salad in a tasty Thai peanut dressing. Quinoa makes for both a nice addition to a salad and a great base for salads and if you are using it as a base for a salad all you really need to do is add some veggies, like pumpkin, along with a dressing and you're done! In addition to the pumpkin I added green beans (which I blanched rather than roasted to retain their bright green colour and crispy crunch) and red peppers along with some green onions and cilantro. The pumpkin and Thai peanut sauce combo is a fabulous one, and the inspiration for this salad, so a dressing based on it was a must! Although it's not required, I like to serve this salad on a bed of baby spinach, just to get some more veggie goodness!