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The Thanksgiving of Sports

Don your helmets, bring on the jerseys, call your friend with the huge screen TV and don’t forget massive amounts of goodies – it’s Super Bowl! Super Bowl is the Thanksgiving of Sports; when it comes to snacks for the day, there needs to be plenty of them. Here are my ideas for what to cook up for the big game!

Chicken Wings are hot! They have become the food of choice and rank as the most popular food for Super Bowl gatherings. Alton Brown shares his recipe for the best chicken wings on Food Network; his secret – cook them twice. If you are looking for some new twists on the classic hot wing, check out this Squidoo page for ideas.

Football Fans will love these Meatball Parmigiana Sliders and Cheesesteaks with Peppers and Onions from Delish.

On to dips! Check out Rachel Rays Lucky 7 Layer Dip.  Another all time favorite is Guacamole. Bobby Flay has a yummy recipe that will have all your guests saying “Ole!” Guaranteed to disappear quickly is Dill Dip in Rye Bread; make sure to start this recipe the day before so the flavors can meld.

Don’t forget to put out some bowls of snack mix! Check out these ideas from Cooking Light.

Oreo-Football-Cookie-Balls-52162Finally, and perhaps most important (at least in my book), dessert! Score one for the team with Oreo Football Cookies; easy, fun and perfect for the day. These Touchdown Cupcakes will definitely clear the field.  Or you can just take everything yummy, throw it in a bowl and you’ll have Kitchen Sink Super Bowl Bars – your team will totally be cheering you on when they taste these.

Enjoy the game, the food, the commercials, the social media and the fun!!! And may your team win – go team!


Hunger Games

Creating a well-rounded menu for your meeting can mean the difference between attendees that are lively and energized or attendees that more closely resemble a hoard of walking dead zombies (eeek!). Welcome to the Hunger Games ala Meeting Planning.

Here are some helpful ideas to keep in mind for your next event. These menu hints will keep your group humming and alert all day long!

  • Breakfast: Steer clear of continental. Instead think protein, complex carbs and whole grain. Some good options are yogurt with fruit, veggie omelets, or an oatmeal “bar” with a selection of yummy toppers like berries and nuts.
  • Lunch: Hearty sandwiches made with whole grain breads, fresh meats, veggies and dip, and interesting condiments like flavored mustards and relishes.
  • Hot Lunch/Dinner: Lean meats like grilled chicken breasts in a light sauce, seafood in a citrus glaze, lightly sautéed vegetables and whole grain rolls. Another idea is a whole grain pasta in marinara sauce with meatballs made from lean ground beef.
  • Beverages: Outside the standard beverages, consider interesting flavored hot and ice teas (not flavored with sugary syrups, however), or sparkling water with a splash of cranberry or pomegranate juice. Make sure to have plenty of water! Dehydration makes for tired people.
  • Breaks: Hummus with pita, crudites, mozzarella cheese sticks, nuts, whole grain pretzel sticks with honey mustard, fresh fruit smoothies and protein bars.
  • Desserts: Fresh fruit served with a bit of gourmet real vanilla bean ice cream is a nice choice. Of course, it could also be said that a good dessert feeds the soul, so perhaps chocolate lava cakes or caramel cheesecake is in order!

Win at the Hunger Games for your hungry gang! What menu items have you served to win over your attendees?