Super Bowl Snacks...paleo edition

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Confession: I love tailgate food. That may sound like a strange love, but there is nothing more wonderful than taco dip, chili, and other finger foods of the like before going to watch your team *hopefully* win....even if that watching is taking place in your living room, on a couch. Mo often describes me as a 'guys girl' because I can talk about sports with any guy out there. Personally, I think this description is hilarious because I'm not sure that its true. 

Don't get me wrong, I like sports...well certain sports. I was raised in Hockeytown, USA. I will always and forever be a Red Wings girl, I attended Michigan State University and will bleed green and white until the day I die. Nothing is guaranteed to give me chills more than the first lines of the Spartan fight song being played by the Spartan Marching Band inside Spartan Stadium on a chilly September Saturday, or the entire IZZONE linking arms and yelling as our team is introduced player by player. I will cheer for the Red Skins because, homeboy Kirk Cousins is repping my Spartan Dawgs. I was a big Colts fan until they traded the love of my life to the Broncos, but don't worry Peyton I will still cheer for you. (As I re-read this paragraph I am realizing that perhaps Mo has a point...but I stand by my statement.)

The thing about it is, if I get to throw a tailgate party, I will endure pretty much any sport...except NBA basketball, hard pass on that one. Luckily for me, this year the Broncos are headed to the Super Bowl, so I actually have loyalty to a team! If you want to call an undying love for Peyton Manning loyalty. 
Look at that face! How can you not love him?!
Anyway, the true point of this post is to share how I am going to handle Super Bowl Sunday appetizers and snacks without totally throwing my paleo efforts aside. When I saw that Kaitlyn at Wifessionals was hosting this link-up with Brittany at This Beautiful Life, I knew I had to participate because this girl is NOT going to pass up a Super Bowl party...or its appetizers for that matter, even if I have to make them all paleo! So here is my menu: 

For a main dish I will make a batch of my Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili. It is so easy and hearty, perfect for any game day! 

I love these Crock Pot paleo nachos because they are just so cute! They are a must! Mo and I had them for dinner on Sunday and they were delish! (See recipe below!)

Obviously, homemade guacamole is a must, both for dipping and to top the nachos. 

Again, for dipping and nacho topping: homemade salsa

Seriously y'all whats game day without buffalo chicken dip? Us paleo-ers can dip celery and carrot sticks, while the rest of y'all can dip tortilla chips like normal people. (See recipe below!)

If we're being honest this is not 100% paleo...but its like 98% there and that counts for something! Plus, if I'm cooking for a crowd I can't substitute ALL the good stuff for paleo food! (See recipe below!) 

Now that I have the menu planned...who wants to host?! I cancelled my cable remember?? (This is a serious statement friends, you host I'll cook)

Okay, since I have not yet posted my newest paleo diaries...three of these recipes are not yet on my blog...but they have been Leslie & Mo tested and approved! But I won't make y'all wait for the next edition of Paleo Diaries to get the recipes...I will just share them now because I love y'all just that much! Also--don't forget to check out the other posts on this Super Bowl Party food link up over at Wifessionals

Crock Pot "Nachos"
serves 2
-2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
-1/2 onion, diced
-2 tbs chili powder
-2 tbs oregano
-1/2 red bell pepper, diced
-1 clove garlic, minced
-1 cup vegetable broth 
~16 sweet little red and yellow peppers
-salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: Put chicken, onion, chili powder, oregano, bell pepper, garlic, vegetable broth, salt and pepper in crock pot. Let cook for about 3 hours. 
Step 2: Shred chicken, still in crock pot. Turn crock pot to low and let sit for about another hour.
Step 3: Preheat oven to 350*.
Step 4: Cut and seed little sweet peppers. Place on baking sheet
Step 5: Scoop chicken into cut peppers. Bake at 350* for 10 minuets.
Step 6: Top with homemade guacamole and salsa. And cheese, if you so desire. Serve! 

Paleo Buffalo Chicken Dip
-1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
-1 egg yolk
-1 tbsp lemon juice
-1 tsp garlic, minced
-1 tsp mustard
-1/2 cup olive oil
-1/2 cup hot sauce (I generally use Frank's)

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375*. 
Step 2: In a separate pan, cover chicken with water and boil until chicken is white. About 3-4 minuets. Allow to cool, then shred. (You can also do the shredding later in the food processor, however, mine is NOT that I do it on the side first.)
Step 3: In a food processor, blend yolk, lemon juice, garlic, and mustard. Then slowly stream in olive oil until it gets thick. 
Step 4: Add chicken and hot sauce to food processor. 
Step 5: Pour into a casserole dish bake for 25 minuets then serve!

Mostly Paleo Puppy Chow
-1/4 cup almond butter
-3 1/2 oz dark chocolate
-3/4 cup powdered coconut sugar
-1/2 tsp vanilla
-2 tbsp butter
-4 cups Chex Rice cereal 

Step 1: In a sauce pan over medium heat, melt chocolate, almond butter and butter
Step 2: Add vanilla and stir
Step 3: Pour chocolate mixture over rice cereal
Step 4: Pour into a ziplock bag and add powdered coconut sugar, shake until coated. 
Step 5: Spread onto parchment paper to cool, then serve! 

One final thing, head on over to Mo's blog and give her some loving, she needs it today. :) 
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