When most people think of football food, they think of hot dogs and burgers and nachos and chips and cheese sauce. Not the healthiest right?
THINK AGAIN! I am here to tell you that you CAN serve a healthy menu for the big game. Ben makes some delicious buffalo chicken bites that my kids literally used to fight over! Healthy can be yummy. Trust me!
We use these recipes quite often now and our friends love them! The key is to try and make your menu consist of real whole food!
Here are a few favorites!
Chef Ben’s boneless buffalo chicken bites
5 boneless/skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces,Almond Flour, Frank’s Hot Sauce, salt, and pepper.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Place chicken in large bowl. Salt and pepper to taste. Pour in the Frank’s and use enough to coat the chicken and toss until all pieces are well-coated. Pour some almond flour onto a plate. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Roll each piece of coated chicken in the almond flour and place on the cookie sheet. Bake in oven for approx. 25 minutes or until chicken is done and outside coating is crisp and crunchy and browned. We serve this with ranch dressing. Remember NOT low fat or fat free! Use regular and a brand with 2 grams of carbs or less per serving. Anything fat free or low fat on the dressing aisle will have double the sugar.
Another great snack is hummus. We make hummus not so healthy by using starchy breads and crackers and pita chips ad dippers. We LOVE to do a hummus platter with different mix-ins!
For mix-ins we will do crumbled feta, Greek olives, pesto, roasted red peppers. People can add what.
Then for dippers I love to make a colorful plate with red, green, orange, and yellow bell pepper strips along with carrots, celery, broccoli and cauliflower. This makes a snack that is packed with nutrients and also low in carbs and sugar.
CHIPS AND SALSA- LOW CARB CHIPS THAT IS!
Salsa is great for you! Especially the fresh chunky kind you make at home or buy refrigerated from the deli. Not the super processed in a jar on the chip aisle. recently did a Facebook LIVE showing how to make low carb tortillas chips using Joseph’s Lavash! Check this out here! These are SO EASY to make! The entire sheet of lavash has 8 net carbs and 8 grams of fiber. DELISH! These go well with your hummus bar also!
So easy! Buy a block of cheddar, Colby jack and pepper jack cheese. Then buy a pack of two or three of your favorite cold cuts. Slice the cheese and roll up the slices of meat and arrange on a tray in any way you like. When I do it I just throw on the tray, while Chef Ben wants to arrange it nice and cute. You can use this to make lettuce wraps or use low carb chips with this. SO MANY OPTIONS! add pickles and olives to the center and pieces of lettuce to make wraps.
SUPER FAST ALFREDO MEATBALLS
Quick and easy. This is GRREAT for those who are busy and on a time crunch. Yes this is a little processed. Remember it is progress and not perfection we are looking for each day. Buy a bag of frozen meatballs. Buy three jars of a good low carb Alfredo sauce like Bertolli classic alfredo. Put it in the crock pot and warm up! That is IT! EASY and Low carb.
It is pretty hard to make these NOT low carb. Use your favorite recipe and as long as your pickles are not sweet, you are good to go!
FAUX TRAIL MIX
I invented this little beauty as a popcorn alternative for our movie dates. Trail mix is so high in carbs and sugar! This is a great and healthy alternative! Check out the recipe here!
LAZY CREAM CHEESE STUFFED SWEET PEPPERS
This is another favorite of mine. It is the fast easy version of a recipe Ben created a while back. Click this link for the recipe and photos!
These are just a few of our favorites! Happy eating and I hope your team wins! I am only in it for the awesome commercials!