A hardcore football fan I am not, but give me some fun snacks and good drinks with good company and I’m all in! And in my world, that’s what Super Bowl Sunday is all about.
I’ve shared a lot of traditional game day snacks in the past (wings, potato skins, + buffalo meatballs are some of my favorites) but this year I wanted to create a theme based on EASE (ease is my word for 2015!). So I began researching and experimenting with assembly only snacks that I would want to make this Sunday and here’s what I’ve decided on:
1. Veggie Hummus Snack Cups
These beautiful little cups are insanely easy and such a fun way to serve veggies and hummus.
All you have to do is plop some hummus in the bottom of a small (recyclable) plastic cup or a small mason jar and then stick in some colorful veggies. If you wanted to go crazy you could make your hummus from scratch (basic hummus, avocado-cilantro hummus, roasted red pepper hummus + lentil hummus would all be great). Or you can really ride the wave of EASE and just go with store bought.
Do your best to cut all the veggies in a similar size but don’t get too fanatic because honestly as long as you have bright colors and variety, these little snack cups will be beautiful and taste great regardless. Don’t they kind of look like little flower pots?
VEGGIE HUMMUS SNACK CUPS
- 1.5 cups of hummus (this can be store bought or homemade)
- 1 cucumber, cut into strips
- 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips
- 1 orange bell pepper, cut into strips
- A handful of green beans
- 2 carrots cut into strips
- 2 stalks of celery cut into strips
You will also need small plastic cups or small mason jars for assembly.
Place ¼ cup of hummus at the bottom of each cup or jar.
Stick an array of veggies in each cup, the hummus will hold the veggies in place so you can have fun with it!
Serve to all your friends and enjoy!
Makes 6 servings.
2. Buffalo Chicken Salad Endive Bites
You can’t do Super Bowl without including some type of buffalo inspired dish. This buffalo chicken salad is simply diced up chicken with celery, scallions, and carrots. And then instead of using mayo or Greek yogurt to bind it all together, I simply mix in a little blue cheese dressing and hot wing sauce to create the beloved buffalo combo.
Then to keep things nice and light, I like to serve the salad in little endive leaves. The endive leaves are light and refreshing but they still give me the crunch factor that I love so much when it comes to snacking, so I am a huge fan.
BUFFALO CHICKEN SALAD ENDIVE BITES
- 1 cup chopped white meat chicken (I used an organic rotisserie)
- ¼ diced celery
- ¼ cup diced carrots
- 2 scallions
- 2 tbsp. blue cheese dressing
- 1 tbsp. hot wing sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 16 endive leaves
In a medium bowl combine chicken, celery, carrots, scallions, blue cheese, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Stir well until everything is well combined.
Scoop 1 tablespoon of salad into each endive cup. Serve and enjoy!
3. Dairy-Free Vegan Queso Dip
Seems like an impossible task, doesn’t it? I mean, queso = cheese, so how exactly does one make a cheese dip without cheese?! Allow me to enlighten you…
The secret to this dip is cashews + nutritional yeast.
When raw cashews are soaked and then blended they create a creamy base with little to no flavor, so that creates the base of the dip (this seems to be a little trick that vegans have known for years!).
The nutritional yeast is a vegan seasoning that has a cheesy flavor, so by adding a few tablespoons to the blended cashews I was able to create a creamy vegan dip with a cheesy flavor.
If you’ve never heard of nutritional yeast before, don’t feel bad! I just learned about it myself and will be sharing a 101 video about it next week, so if it’s new to you, stay tuned and you’ll be a pro before you know it.
VEGAN QUESO DIP:
- 1 cup of raw cashews (soaked for 2-4 hours and drained)
- ½ cup water
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 tbsp. + 2tsp lemon juice
- 3 tbsp. nutritional yeast
- 12 ounces of your favorite salsa (1.5 cups)
- Optional: fresh chopped onion and cilantro
In a food processor or high-speed blender blend cashews, water, salt, lemon juice, and nutritional yeast. Blend until everything is well combined and you have nice, thick, creamy texture.
Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in salsa. Top with cilantro and onion for garnish and serve with fresh veggies or tortilla chips. Enjoy!
*Note – If desired this mixture can be gently heated in the crockpot, over the stove or at a low setting in the microwave.
Makes 2 cups
I also demonstrate all of these recipes in the video below, so if you are anything like myself, and like to see the step-by-step, be sure to check it out.
What’s on your Super Bowl menu this year? Any recipes that are clean, delicious and super EASY?!