Super Bowl Ready!

Super Bowl Ready!

We have a serious question, how many of you actually watch the Super Bowl game or just go to the parties for the free food and drinks!? We’ll we think it’s probably about 50/50 split! Whether you are the one who hosts the party, brings a snack, or simply shows up and enjoys the spread of treats; we’ve got a few easy recipes and DIY tips to make your Super Bowl healthy, festive, and delicious!

 

Ditch the tater tots and replace them with veggie tots this Super Bowl. You can find broccoli and cauliflower tots in the frozen section at your local grocery store and preparing them is simple!
 
All you do is grab your frozen bag of veggie tots, pack them in our 9-Can Cooler to keep them chilled on your way over to your party! When you get there, pop these in the oven and bake until golden and crispy (more detailed instructions on packaging of veggie tots).
 
Once their cooked to a golden, crisp perfection places these football themed toothpicks in each one. Not only does this add a little extra décor to your food, but it also keeps your food separated and sanitary for your guests!

 

Let’s talk about buffalo (anything)… this is a game day staple that your guests are most likely expecting to see at the party. For our dish, we took a healthier route and created buffalo celery sticks. The recipe is simple and will take you 5-10 minutes to put together!
 
You’ll need: shredded chicken, buffalo sauce, celery sticks, and ranch or blue cheese.
First you will shred your chicken into smaller pieces and then place in a bowl. Then pour a nice amount of buffalo sauce over the chicken and mix together until the sauce is fully incorporated.
 
Next, rinse and slice your celery sticks in half, leaving you with 4-5 inch long celery sticks! You will then take your buffalo chicken and scoop 1 to 2 spoon full onto your celery stick (or as much will fit). To top it all off, take your ranch or blue cheese and drizzle across your celery sticks.
 
For your party you can display these sticks already assembled or leave each ingredient out for your guest to assemble themselves. Either way, they will be a refreshingly delicious snack for your party!
 
To make this meal even healthier, you can make your own ranch dressing and buffalo sauce from scratch!

 

Our last snack is a Vegan and Gluten Free recipe; a good option for anyone with dietary restrictions. To make this you’ll need: gluten free pasta, broccoli, pine nuts(optional), lemons, olive oil, salt + pepper, red pepper flakes, minced garlic or garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
 
First you will prepare your pasta and broccoli simultaneously. As you boil your water to cook the pasta, on the stove top in a pan add in your broccoli, a little bit of salt, pepper, olive oil, and garlic powder. Once your broccoli is cooked and tastes to your liking, set aside to let it cool. Cooking the broccoli versus using raw broccoli will give your pasta dish extra flavor when mixed together!
 
Once your pasta is done, set aside in your fridge to cool! One quick way to also cool your pasta is running cold water through it when it’s in the strainer. Now your pasta and broccoli is cooled, so it’s time to put everything together.
 
In a larger bowl add in your past and broccoli, then add in 1/3 cup of pine nuts (you can add in more or less depending on your liking), then mix together. Add in 3 table spoons of olive oil, squeeze one whole lemon, and add a pinch or so of salt and pepper. Also add in 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon of minced garlic. Now mix all the ingredients together until evenly incorporated!
 
Place your pasta dish in a large Tupperware and keep it chilled in our Freezable Carryall Lunch Bag or 9-Can Cooler while you head over to your Super Bowl gathering! Once you’re there distribute your pasta into smaller bit size cups for your guests to easily enjoy!

 

 

You can purchase a nice size turf at Home Depot for about $4! You can use this turf as drink coasters, small plates, or even a place mat to set food or drinks on top of. It’s a simple and inexpensive way to add some fun creativity to your set up (and people will get a kick out of it).
 
All you do is simply cut the turf into whatever size you like and with a white sharpie or marker, draw about 2-inch long lines from the side with about an inch of space between each line. For our set up we varied in size, making some smaller turf coasters as well as a couple larger ones.

 

One way to avoid double dipping, is to separate your salsa or queso dip into shot glasses. This way everyone can take one for themselves and nobody should worry about the sneaky double dippers! To tie these sauce shot glasses into the football theme, we wrote players numbers on the outside of each shot glass.

 

We can’t forget about the drinks! You can fit all your drinks for the party in our 18-Can Cooler, keeping everything cool for ours. For the people who want an alternative instead of beer, try a healthier soda or an iced tea instead. We went for a darker liquid to fill up our mason jars, because once full they will resemble a football!
 
To make these you simply take your mason jars and a white felt marker and draw football lines on the side. Once the party is over, simply wash with dish soap to remove the marker! We also used black and white stripped straws to resemble a referee!

 

If you’re not quite satisfied with your super bowl decorations and want an easy way to add some unexpected fun; make these playbook balloons! For less than $5 we purchased 2 black and 1 white helium balloon at Party City. Once they were filled up, with a felt white marker or sharpie we added a couple different plays onto the balloon, taking them to the next level!

 

 

Thanks for stopping by! We hope you enjoyed this post and learned something you can do at your Super Bowl party! Share with us your take on these DIY tips and recipes through social and be sure to use hashtag #packitgameday so we can see your set up!

 


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