ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!
It’s almost Super Bowl time and whether you’re the one hosting the party or are going to be a guest you want to be able to offer or take some yummy, gluten free treats. Here are a few quick and easy examples:
Chips & Salsa – A classic. Whether you make your own salsa or buy your favorite brand, you can find both gluten free salsa and/or chips at every supermarket. Just be sure to read the labels.
Hummus & Bagel Chips – Typically gluten free, they come in a variety of flavors, like: Tahini, Roasted Pepper, Garlic, Sun Dried Tomatoes, to name a few. One of my favorites is an Edamame Hummus, which is offered at Trader Joe’s. Whole foods also carries a range of choices. However, if you don’t have access to either of those stores, most every supermarket now carries hummus. The gluten free bagel chips I enjoy are rather neutral in flavor, which is great when you don’t want to mask the flavor of a stronger dip or hummus. They’re made by Glutino.
Veggies & Avocado Yogurt Dip – Veggies are great because they’re not only a healthier, low calorie choice, they can be substituted for most chip, cracker or bread type dipper. My Avocado Yogurt Dip can be found here.
Cheese & Crackers – Who doesn’t love a bit of cheese spread on a cracker? And now even those who don’t eat dairy products can find delicious substitutes. There are also a wide range of gluten free crackers out there that everyone will enjoy. One of my personal favorites is the Glutino brand. They presently offer: their Original cracker, Sea Salt, Rosemary and Olive Oil, Vegetable, Multi Grain, Cheddar, as well as their Table Cracker. They can be purchased at Whole Foods, some supermarkets, and online.
Nuts – Heart healthy, nuts help to slow down the absorption of all the carbs you may be enjoying. In their pure form, they’re naturally gluten free. The thing you have to look out for is how they’re packaged. Often ‘flavored’ nuts contain wheat. Blue Diamond and Planter’s both make flavored nuts that are gluten free. Just make sure and read the labels!
Chex Party Mix – Great for nibbling, Chex brand cereals now have several different gluten free brands. You’ll find the directions to making a gluten free party mix here.
And this link: http://janiceameesglutenfree.com/halloween/ will provide you with a list of gluten free candies, which can be added to the mix.
Pizza – Is the cornerstone of any Super Bowl party. So isn’t it nice to be able to offer a slice to your guests? There are a number of options out there, from store bought gluten free crusts (found at your local supermarket), to pizza establishments that will actually deliver a tasty, gluten free pizza! Or you can try mine:
Chili – Both filling and healthy, a nice spicy bowl of chili goes great with the big game! Whether you choose to make one of your own favorite recipes or my gluten free Pumpkin chili, it’s sure to be a hit!
If you’d like to add ground turkey or ground beef for an even heartier chili, simply add 1 lb. in the beginning when you’re sautéing the vegetables. Cook until the meat is done. To cut down on the fat, drain before continuing with the recipe.
Chicken Wings – Whether you choose to bake, broil or barbecue them, San J’s gluten free sauces make it so much easier! Some of the delicious flavors they offer are: Thai Peanut Sauce, Szechuan Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce, Sweet & Tangy Sauce, Asian BBQ Sauce, and their Mongolian Sauce (with ginger). They can be found at Whole Foods as well as many supermarkets. Or you can order them online.
Deviled Eggs – Always a favorite, whenever these make their way onto a party table, they’re always gobbled right up. Just be sure and use a gluten free mayonnaise.
Beer – There are a number of pretty good gluten free beers available. Redbridge Beer produced by Anheuser-Busch (to name just one), is readily available at most supermarkets.
Desserts – It’s nice to be able to offer something sweet and there are many tasty gluten free cookies and gluten free cake mixes (and frostings) and brownies out there now. Betty Crocker is just one of many available brands and can be found at your local supermarket. For the recipe to any of the following desserts, simply click on it:
I’ve added these Cookie Truffles to the top of mine. Aren’t they cute? I saw them on Pinterest and thought, “Why can’t these be made gluten free?” Turns out, they can!