Apparently football season has started, or so I hear. Seriously I do know football is a fall sport. I also know that the Super Bowl is in January / February. I enjoy watching the commercials with my family and cooking lots of fun foods to snack on all day.
I was recently challenged to create a paleo football menu. So I've pulled together a host of wonderful recipes that my family enjoys and that will foot the bill for a football gathering.
Bacon-Wrapped Chorizo Stuffed Dates
(I've not made this one but will this week. It's food wrapped in bacon so really what could go wrong?!)
Lettuce Boat Tacos
I use homemade Taco Seasoning by Whole New Mom. Use some nice romaine lettuce for the boats and fill with taco meat, guacamole, diced onions, diced tomatoes and what ever other toppings you like on your tacos.
Plantain Chips and Guacamole
You can certainly make your plantain chips, however I purchase mine from Trader Joe's and they are wonderful and clean. Make some fresh guac and you are ready to go.
These are hot dog bits wrapped in a paleo dough. For the hotdog I use Applegate Farms nitrate free. It's a wonderful tasting clean hotdog. These a winner with everyone.
If you've ever invited me to a meal I generally bring these and they are a hit every time. These are from Everyday Paleo cook book (the first one).
Italian Meatballs in Sauce -
- 1.5 lbs ground meat (I use 1/2 ground turkey and 1/2 ground meat)
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 2 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tbl of Italian Seasoning
- Mix the above ingredients, roll into approximately 1" balls and bake for about 25 min at 350 degrees. Add the cooked meatballs to your favorite marinara sauce or use TJ's brand which is clean and comes in a big green can. Heat everything and serve or leave on low in a crock pot. (If' I'm using 2 lbs of meat I will round out the tblspoons to heaping so the flavor carries)
Pulled Pork with Coleslaw
The pulled pork is by Everyday Paleo and is outstanding! A 4-5 lb pork butt goes a long way. This pairs perfectly (like in the same fork bite) with my plain jane coleslaw. For the coleslaw shred or dice up the amount you want to use then add paleo mayo, salt and pepper. To make the best mayo I follow The Clothes Make the Girl and this recipe. Double this recipe for your game day feast because you'll use it for veggies.
Veggies with Hot Paleo Mayo dip
Make your own veggie tray. Think OUTSIDE the normal veggies to make it fun. For the dip use paleo mayo at the link above and add hot sauce to taste. I use Louisiana and add quite a bit until it's a nice pink. We like some spice. It's the best veggie dip.
Fresh Fruit - No brainer here. You need some sweets and these fit the bill. Don't BUY a fruit plate, make your own.
Breakfast Meatballs by PaleOmg
There are no words for how awesome these are for breakfast or any meal!
Last but not least another no brainer. Of course leave out the beans for the paleo version. I've made chili for years and I've always winged it. However I was asked last year to write it down. So here's my chili.
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 2lbs ground meat, browned
- 5 tomatoes
- 2 cans TJ Mainara Sauce
- 2 green bell peppers, chopped
- Amanda's Chili Seasoning
Dice up tomatoes, onion and green peppers and add all to a large pot with marinara sauce and heat.
In a separate skilled brown the meat. With the meat browned add the chili seasoning mix and cook into meat. When the meat is done add it to the pot and continue to heat through for about 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper as needed to taste. Turn off the chili and let sit covered on the stove for a few hours, or serve right away. Tastes best if it sits for a while. Leftovers are awesome! I serve my chili with diced cabbage and paleo mayo. Yes mayo, it acts as sour cream and is yummy!
I could go on with more football day recipes but this is certainly a good start. So many of these items can be prepped the day before and simply reheated on game day.