A Perfect and Easy Menu for Football Gatherings

Fall is here...that means football season! Whether you are a couch football fanatic or you play a pick-up game with your friends, food (unhealthy food to be exact) is always involved! Here is a meal idea that is easy, fun, and most importantly...healthy that even the nacho lovers will love!

Guilt-free Deviled Eggs

Serves 6 (2 halves per serving), 90 calories per serving

The perfect appetizer for a football game! Roasted tomato or red pepper hummus is a yummy substitute for mayonnaise in this recipe.

6 large eggs

3-4 Tbsp. hummus (plain, roasted tomato, or roasted pepper- get creative!)

Paprika for garnish

Place 6 large eggs in enough cold water to cover completely, and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cover for 10 minutes. Drain hot water and add cold water to chill. This will keep the yolks bright yellow. 

Remove shells from eggs and halve lengthwise with a knife. Carefully remove the yolks and place in a medium bowl. Mash yolks with a fork and add your choice of hummus. Very carefully spoon mixture back into the egg white halves. Garnish with a light sprinkling of paprika (optional).

Turkey Chili

Serves 8, 345 calories per serving

The easiest and most delicious chili you will ever make!!!

Best if made the day before and allowed to really flavor through.

Ingredients:

2 lb. ground raw turkey

2 (16-oz.) cans tomatoes (undrained), diced

2 (15-oz.) cans red kidney beans, drained

8-oz. can tomato sauce

1 medium onion, chopped

1/4 cup dry red wine (optional)

1 tsp. dried parsley flakes

3/4 tsp. dried basil, crushed

3/4 tsp. dried oregano, crushed

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4-1/2 tsp. ground red pepper

1-2 Tbsp. chili powder (use more for more bite)

1 bay leaf

In a 4-quart Dutch oven cook the turkey until it is no longer pink. Drain off fat. Stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer uncovered for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Please remove bay leaf before serving. 

Apple Crisp

Serves 12 (Gluten-free) about 295 calories per serving

The sweet, crunchy crust complements the slightly tart flavor of the apples. Precooking the apples before baking insures a perfect dessert every time.

Filling

3 pounds (about 6-7) Golden Delicious apples, peeled and cored

2 tablespoons lemon juice

¼ cup brown rice syrup or honey

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons coconut oil or oil of choice

½ cup apple cider or unsweetened applesauce

Topping

8 tablespoons butter or dairy-free substitute of choice, melted

1 cup gluten-free flour blend or regular flour

1 cup rolled oats

¼ cup coconut palm sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup unsalted sunflower seeds or chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray grease an 9x9 inch baking dish. Set aside. Slice the apples into ¼ to ½-inch wedges and place them in a bowl. Add lemon juice, rice syrup or honey and cinnamon. Toss well to coat. Add to prepared baking dish.

2. Prepare topping: pour melted butter into a bowl, and add remaining topping ingredients, mixing well to combine. Sprinkle topping over apple mixture.

3. Place baking dish in preheated oven and bake on middle rack for about 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are bubbly and topping turns golden brown. Remove from oven and cool slightly before serving.

4. Serve warm in individual dessert plates or refrigerate for several hours and cut into squares.