Let’s get ready to rummmmble!!!

Guys.  It’s football season. That means we don’t have any more football-less weekends until FEBRUARY!

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With the glory of the game comes everyone’s second (some people’s first) favorite thing about the season: food.  All the glorious fall food…crock pots for everyone!

Eating your way through Sunday doesn’t necessarily have to wreck the hard work you put in Monday through Saturday.  Moderation is key, but so is finding healthier versions of your favorite recipes.  Some are so good that even your fried food loving friends will devour them!

Appetizers

Texas Caviar – Basically salsa, but with beans (I also add corn) that will add some protein and staying power!  I make this for every get-together and at least one person asks me for the recipe as they walk out the door and they’re shocked when they realize how easy it is!  Best served with pita chips or tortilla chips.

Lightened Up Buffalo Chicken Dip – A football staple that is a little more health conscious but still tastes delicious! Great with celery or tortilla chips.

Main Course

I try to keep my main dishes in the crock pot for a few reasons, namely you don’t have to spend your time cooking instead of watching the action.

I love this turkey chili recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.  Full of protein, low in fat and super delicious.  I like to put out bowls of sour cream, shredded cheddar, and green onions for toppings so people can customize it to their liking.  If you think you can control yourself and not eat the entire pan of cornbread (spoiler alert: I can’t), it’s a great addition to it as well!

Another great crock pot option is pulled beef from Skinnytaste.  Another one of my party staples!  Get some good rolls and thinly sliced provolone and let everyone have at it.

Dessert

Not every football party requires dessert, but if you know people are going to have a post-game sweet tooth, these “ice cream” sandwiches from Skinnytaste are a great option.  I love to keep the desserts limited to cookies or cupcakes so people can grab and go as opposed to waiting for the cake to be cut.

While these recipes will keep you from breaking the calorie bank all in one day, intuitive eating (Fannetastic Food goes more into it here) is still your best option…eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full, and enjoy the game!

If an avocado and hummus had a baby.

I actually set them up on Friday night and they did have a baby.

My friend Anne was nice enough to have our usual group of girls over for a movie night.  We’re all trying to save money and the best way to do that as a 20-something living in the city is to not go to a bar, and with Maggie doing her long runs on Saturday and me running the Rock and Roll Half on Sunday, we weren’t up for a wild and crazy night.

We did a BYOB/BYOA thingy which is my favorite kind of night, especially since my friends are such good cooks!  Maggie made us some healthy chicken nuggets (light breading, no oil, baked) and Anne made what be my new favorite app….buffalo cauliflower! I mean, it’s not wings, but you can pretend.

My contribution was Spinach and Avocado Cannellini Bean Hummus from my favorite foodie, Anne and Fannetastic Food.  I love avocados and I love hummus, but I was a little worried this wouldn’t have much taste or it would just taste like blended spinach.  Luckily, it didn’t!  And it’s so simple.

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The avocado was definitely ripe but I had a hard time getting it off the pit. Does anyone else have that problem or am I just bad at avocado?

All you need is a can of cannellini beans, half a ripe avocado, a lemon, spinach, garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper.  I used a food processor, but I feel like all you need is elbow grease and you could do it with a masher or something else.  Get creative.

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Am I excited about how healthy the dip is? Or am I excited about cooking in a normal sized kitchen?

I combined everything in the food processor and poured it into a bowl.  Literally.  That’s it.  BOOM.  You just made your friends a healthy dip.  We ate it with pita chips, celery, and carrots but I also would have eaten it with a spoon.

We never actually watched a movie because we were too busy talking, but nevertheless nights like that are my favorites.

What do you do when you’re trying to save money but still want to have fun?  What’s your favorite dish to bring to a night in at a friend’s house?