I really don’t care who wins the game this Sunday – I’m not a fan of either team, although I’d love to see a few Gronk spikes (not likely to happen), and I’m hoping to see Jason Pierre-Paul crush Handsome Tom a few times – but I do care about what I’m going to stuff myself with while I watch. As the rest of America contracts heart disease and cancer by consuming 1.25 billion chicken wings and 4.4 million pizzas, there’s plenty of deliciously healthy options out there for you to grub on that even meat-eaters will love. Here are some of my suggestions.
1. Hummus and Veggies: This one is super easy and delicious. Just make sure you get hummus WITHOUT OIL. There are 2 oil-free hummus’ at Trader Joes – the eggplant hummus and the guacamole hummus, and at Whole Foods, you can either buy their “Health Starts Here” store-made version or Cedar brand’s “fat free hummus”. Alternatively, you can make your own very easily. Almost every plant-based book from Chef AJ’s Unprocessed, Rip Esselstyn’s Engine 2 Diet, Julieanna Hever’s The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, Caldwell Esselstyn’s Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, and Dr. Furhman’s Eat For Health have good recipes. All you need really is some garbanzo beans, lemon juice, water, and some spices.
2. Chef AJ’s Chipotle Corn Salsa: This salsa is super easy to make, filling, and salt-free. Pair it with some La Reina Baked Tortilla Chips (no salt), which you can buy at any Whole Foods. Here’s a video of the recipe:
3. Kale Chips: Most kale chip recipes call for oil, but it’s totally not necessary. Use parchment paper to line your baking tray (or a SilPat) and spray a little water or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (I use half of each in a bottle) before you season the kale so the spices stick. Here’s a good version of the recipe from Happy Herbivore.
4. Roasted Chickpeas: These are so good I don’t know why I haven’t made them more often. Like the kale chips, most recipes for roasted chickpeas call for oil, but it’s totally unnecessary. When you drain and pat dry the chickpeas, leave a little moisture on them so your spices of choice stick. I’d go for some curry powder on mine. Here’s a link to a recipe I used for reference.
5. Chef AJ’s Kale Dip: I haven’t tried this yet, but along with Julieanna Hever’s nachos, I’ll be making this dip over the weekend.
6. Portabello Pesto Sliders: A 30-day challenge participant shared this recipe with us and I had to post it. These sliders look ridiculously good.
What are you making or buying to eat this Sunday?