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