Super Bowl Sunday. Commercials. Funny ones like these. Oh yeah, and very often, chips, dip, and...beer.
Here's the thing: you do not have to fall completely off the paleo reservation this weekend. Matter of fact, if I was a betting woman, I'd bet more money on many of you sticking to your guns this Sunday than I would on either team. That's just how I roll (or, you could say I'm just not a huge fan of either team).
Let's give you a few appetizer ideas first - munchies/snacks for you to bring/make/have on hand/choose from for the big day:
- Shrimp cocktail
- Veggies (just beware the dip, as many these days have all kinds of additives and stuff. Or you could make your own dip, like this spinach/artichokeish dip I once posted)
- Deviled eggs (solid protein choice, might have conventional mayo, but a far better choice than baskets of crackers - better still, make your own! )
- Satay or kabobs of meats and veggies
- Prosciutto wrapped melon, apricots, etc.
- Spiced nuts (if these are out on the table and you did not make them, sometimes there's a little sugar or something in there, but if they are homemade won't have all the preservatives and what not).
- Smoked salmon on cucumber rounds.
- Olives and nuts are always good choices! My grandpa used to always have a big bowl of nuts in their shells (walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, brazil nuts) where you'd have to crack your own to eat them. Makes you have to work for your food!
If you want to make something super easy, give this a shot: Prosciutto wrapped asparagus. Sure, it might make some people's pee smell funny, but the salty sweet is totally worth it. Here's the basic how-to: Preheat oven to 400degrees. Wash about 1 pound of asparagus (I prefer thin stalks over thick), and cut or break off the woody stem end. Wrap 2-3 stalks in 1 small piece of prosciutto, and place on a sheet pan. Repeat with all asparagus. Sprinkle bundles with fresh cracked pepper. Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until asparagus has softened. You can drizzle with some olive oil and balsamic for some extra tastyness.
Now, as for beer. If you can, stay clear of the beer. We'd rather you keep your system clear of gluten during these first 30 days. If you absolutely cannot imagine NOT having beer, try the Estrella Damm Daura gluten-free beer (available at Whole Foods). Jeff described it as "like a cross between PBR and Heineken." In comparison to other gluten-free beers I've tried, this one tasted much more like real beer to me. I've also become really partial to hard ciders.
Chime in - what are YOUR Super Bowl plans? Are you going to make/bring something, or do you plan on imbibing?