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Super Bowl 50, Game Day, Game Changin’ Eats!

“Super Bowl 50, Game Day, Game Changin’ Eats!”  9 amazing appetizers for the big day that are more than guaranteed to satisfy your crazy crowd.  Have you been wondering what to serve other than plain chips and plain sliders? Well, here is your answer and some! There is no way, and I mean no way, that these 9 appetizers will not only be crowd pleasers but have people, dare I say it, at times almost forget about the game.  Ahh!  Crazy!  Sacrilege!  Don’t hate me. Promise, you will thank me later when you are rolling your guests out the door with their ever-so-content bulging bellies.  And yes, they will be half beer bellies as well, no doubt.  So, start makin’ your list and sortin’ out next Sunday.  Go ______! Insert team of your choice. ­čśë

The list: (Click on the colored link to bring you to the recipe page)

Holy Sh#& Nachos! This is maybe the best thing in the entire world.  

Classic Guacamole.  Great to top the nachos with AND for an awesome dip!

Lentil Sloppy Joes To Die For! Make these into sliders for game day.

Cheesy Mushroom & Onion Pizza.  Serve as slices or small square bites.

Classic Creamy Mac n’ Cheese.  Serve in large slices or as small bites in cups.

Easy Spinach & Mushroom Quesadillas. Serve in small triangles.

Classic Hummus.  Honestly, when and how could this ever not be a perfect app? Serve with pita chips, pretzels, veggies, whatever! Make in 5 minutes!

Parmesan & Artichoke Dip.  A super creamy and 5 minute dip that can be served with the same options as the hummus!

Mediterranean Pita Platter.  Throw some of the already made hummus on here, plus some other easy & quick do-dads, and done!


Holy Sh#% Loaded Nachos!

Amazing Classic Guacamole

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Classic Creamy Hummus

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Parmesan & Artichoke Dip

Parmesan & Artichoke Dip is a creamy and divine dip that everyone must be serving at virtually every fun, fancy, or low down/hoedown affair.  This dip is compliments to my very first guest poster.  A big welcome and HUGE “thank you” to my Beijing bestie, Ms. Alana Martin!  Not only is she amazing, but her dip is as well.  She serves this at every party and I’m pretty sure it’s always the first thing to go.  I was saying that I wanted one more recipe to add to my game day post (to come) and was hoping that she’d kindly find some time (like asap, as I asked her last minute) out of her extremely busy work day, mommy day, and wife day, to make this, let me photograph it, and of course, let me eat some as well.  In all of her fabulousness, she agreed, and lucky for all of you and every party that you may have in the future, for her easiness & agreeability.  Healthy? Ummm… Can it be made healthier?  Totally! Replace all mayo with Greek yogurt. You can serve this with almost anything as well and it takes a mere minutes to make. So let me get this right? Divine? Check. Delectable? Check. 5 minutes or less? Check. Guaranteed crowd pleaser? Check, check, check, check, check! Why are you still reading this? Get your artichokes and start stirrin’! Game day awaits!

Disclaimer: Had to be shot at night.  I’ve been trying SO hard to only shoot during the day but alas, this simply wasn’t possible this time around. 

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Parmesan & Artichoke Dip
Parmesan & Artichoke Dip is a creamy and delicious crowd pleaser. Make it in under 5 minutes!
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 3 Tbl mayo
  2. 1 1/8 C plain greek yogurt (260 grams)
  3. 1/2 C shredded fresh parmesan cheese
  4. 1/2 lemon - squeezed
  5. 1 clove garlic - pressed
  6. 1 tsp of dried oregano and a dash more for garnish
  7. 1 can artichoke hearts
  8. Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Garnish: (optional) with a sprinkling of oregano & shredded parmesan
  1. Serves enough for a small party (in conjunction with other appetizers of course) - approximately 2 1/2 cups
  2. Serve with veggie sticks, baguettes, bread sticks, or anything you like!
  3. Great with a crisp white wine
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Mediterranean Pita Platter

This Mediterranean Pita Platter is incredibly easy, extremely loaded, and absolutely beautiful.  You will impress your guests with this display without a doubt.  What is better than loads of hummus, pita, feta (optional for vegans), veggies, garbanzo beans, arugula, and balsamic?  Nothing, that’s what.  Well, almost nothing!  As usual, I had a lot of stuff left over in the fridge that I simply could not let go to waste.  What was, in my mind, going to be a simple meal turned into this incredible looking platter!  Before I knew it, I was adding more and more, then finally, grabbing my paella pan (yes, I love serving platters in here, check out my nacho pics as well), and voila!  A star was born in the form of this gorgeous platter.  Get down with your inner Greek (or Greek inspired) self and see visions of Santorini! I mean, hey, why not?! Disclaimer: Night shots below, sadly. 

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Mediterranean Pita Platter
This Mediterranean Pita Platter is incredibly easy, extremely loaded, and absolutely beautiful. Impress your guests with this display! Absolutely divine.
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Total Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 5 pitas (I use whole wheat) - cut into triangles
  2. 2 C hummus (or your desired amount)
  3. 1 head of broccoli - florets
  4. 1/2- 3/4 C red & yellow peppers - diced
  5. 1 large red onion - diced
  6. 1/4 C olives -sliced
  7. 1 package of feta - crumbled
  8. 3-4 super ripe tomatoes - sliced
  9. 1/2 package of arugula
  10. 1/2 C garbanzo beans
  11. Olive oil for pan
  12. 3 Tbl dried oregano
  13. 1/4 fresh basil - chopped (if not, you can use 2 Tbl dried)
  14. Salt & pepper to taste
  15. Balsamic for drizzling
  1. Heat oil in pan and cook onion for about 5 minutes
  2. Throw in peppers, salt/pepper and cook for 3-5 minutes
  3. Throw in broccoli & beans - cook for about 2-3 minute more (adding half the oregano)
  4. Remove from heat
  5. Lay arugula on bottom of platter
  6. Place the veggie mixture in the center and sprinkle the basil and the rest of the oregano on top
  7. Organize the pita and sliced tomatoes nicely around the edge of the platter
  8. Top the veggie mixture with hummus and sprinkle the feta & olives all over the platter
  9. Lightly drizzle platter with balsamic vinegar
  1. Serves a large group
  2. Serve with the these wines: (or any wine you love of course)!
  3. Red- Pinot Noir
  4. White- Sauvignon Blanc
  5. Remember, any ingredients can be optional. Get creative with what's in your fridge!
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Lentil Sloppy Joes To Die For!

Lentil Sloppy Joes To Die For! are a twist on a childhood recipe.  I loved these growing up!  Now, I smother these in cheese, however, if you want it a tad healthier or you would like to make it vegan, forget the cheese!  Still totally delicious, cross my heart!  I have to say, I’ve never had a real sloppy joe, as I have been a veg head since I was 8 yrs old.  I can honestly say that I don’t really think I’d love one.  I am, and always have been, a lover of the lentil so this is truly an amazing recipe whether or not you enjoy the real deal.  Thinking of what to do for a meatless Monday perhaps? These are your jam.  Thinking of alternative or twists on the ol’ classic? Again, these are your jam.  I think I’ve mentioned before how my mother told me to never eat spaghetti on a date (me + pasta = hot mess).  Well, these should never be eaten in the company of a first date or anyone you are trying to impress.  You will less than impress, as you will be a sloppy mess!  Sorry, had to do it. Sloppy & delicious.  Wash it down with a cold brew and you’re golden.  Bring your napkin (or ten) and slop your way to heaven.

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Lentil Sloppy Joes To Die For!
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These Lentil Sloppy Joes truly are to die for! Easy, delicious, and loaded with flavor. Bring them out for your next party or on a meatless Monday!
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Total Time
25 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 6 large toasted buns of your liking
  2. Oil for pan
  3. 2 cans lentils
  4. 20 oz (about 2 1/2 C) shredded pepper jack cheese
  5. (Optional) Some sort of soft & creamy spreadable cheese for the bottom bun - I used cracked pepper cheese
  6. 1 avocado - sliced
  7. 1 large onion - diced
  8. 6 cloves garlic - minced
  9. 4 celery stalks - diced
  10. 1 small carrot - diced
  11. 1/4 good ketchup
  12. 1/4-1/2 tomato paste
  13. 2-3 Tbl dijon mustard
  14. 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  15. 1 Tbl brown sugar
  16. 1/4 veggie broth
  17. 2-3 Tbl dried oregano
  18. Hot sauce to taste
  19. Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Heat pan with oil and add onion & a dash of salt. Cook for about 5 minutes
  2. Add garlic, more salt/pepper & cook for 30 seconds more
  3. Add celery, carrot, and half the oregano - cook for about 5 minutes or until soft
  4. Add tomato paste, ketchup, mustard, broth, balsamic, brown sugar. Stir for 1 minute
  5. Add lentils, hot sauce, and rest of oregano, plus any more salt & pepper you'd like
  6. Cook for about 10 minutes stirring often.
To assemble
  1. On toasted buns, spread creamy cheese on bottom halves & add half of the pepper jack on top
  2. On top bun add avocado and the rest of pepper jack
  3. Slop the lentil mixture on top of bottom bun, carefully put the top on
  4. Throw some awesome potato chips on the side of each plate!
  1. These make 6 large sloppy joes but can be make into slider style buns for a party!
  2. Serve with a cold brew of your liking!
  3. I always serve with potato chips on the side (these were jalapeno flavored...yum)!
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