I love the Super Bowl and am so grateful it falls on the first Sunday in February. With the holidays over and winter in full swing (okay, pretend for a second I’m still living in NYC), I’ve always found January and February to be a little depressing. No more decorations, joyful music, or jolly people, and worse we’re all now back to working-all-day work days.
Because we’ve thrown a Super Bowl party for the past six years, it has given me something to look forward to at this time of year. And so rather than dwelling on the gloomy days of January, I get to plan a party!
Parties though can sometimes throw off healthy lifestyles, particularly those on strict diets, so I’ve managed to pull together a few recipes that are perfect for keeping up with clean eating and that won’t throw off your friends who don’t follow the same lifestyle. These are some of my favorite paleo recipes for watching the big game, including one from yours truly.
can’t help but dig in Paleo Nachos
- 1 pound of ground grass-fed beef
- Taco seasoning (see below)
- 1/2 cup of water
- 4 tsp chili powder
- 3 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp red chili flakes
- pinch of sea salt
- pinch of pepper
- 1 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight or for at least 4 hours, and drained)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/8 tsp turmeric
- 1 16 oz can full fat coconut milk, left in the fridge overnight
- 1-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- pinch of sea salt
- 4 cups plantain chips
- 1 jalapeno, sliced thinly
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1/4 white onion, diced
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1 avocado, mashed (or your own guacamole)
- cilantro for garnish
- In a small bowl, make taco seasoning by mixing together all spices. Set aside.
- In a large pan cook the beef over medium to high heat. While it's cooking, add taco seasoning and the water to the pan. Mix together thoroughly and continue cooking until the meat is browned and the water is gone. Set aside.
- In a high powered blender or food processor, combine all the ingredients and blend until creamy. May take several minutes.
- If it becomes too thick, mix in 1 tablespoon of coconut water.
- When you are ready to use, heat the sauce in the microwave or on the stove in a sauce pan over low heat until warm.
- Take the coconut milk from the fridge, flip the can upside down, and with a can opener open it. Drain the liquid (i.e. milk) into a separate container (you can save for smoothies!). You should then have cream left in the can.
- Scrape out the cream into a medium-sized bowl, add the lemon juice and sea salt, and whisk together until well combined. Add more juice or salt, if needed.
- On a large plate lay out your plantain chips. Then add a layer of meat, then another layer of cheese. Garnish with desired toppings including jalapenos, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. Add a dollop of avocado and sour cream, garnish with cilantro, and dig in!
- I like to triple the taco seasoning recipe so I have tons for later. Just store in an airtight container and you're set for several taco nights!
- Instead of plantain chips, you could use sweet potato or zucchini chips. All are great alternatives to traditional chips.
and a few more paleo recipes…
~ coconut shrimp ~
~ chicken wings ~
~ apple nachos ~
~ swedish meatballs ~
~ spicy cashews ~
~ onion rings ~
~ sweet potato chips ~
~ deviled eggs ~
~ reese’s cups ~
What are your plans for the Super Bowl this year? Excited about the teams going?