It’s that time of year – SUPER BOWL WEEKEND! I love this weekend because there are always races, fun events, and the best of all – parties with your friends! This weekend would be more fun if the Baltimore Ravens had successfully made it to the post season – but we are left with the Falcons and Patriots instead.
I wanted to share with all of you some of my favorite recipes to take to a party! There is something here for everyone – my favorite are the Buffalo Cauliflower Bites!
Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 2 cups Brussels sprouts
- 1 tbs grape seed oil
- 2 tbs maple syrup
- 1 tbs minced shallots
- 2 tbs slivered almonds
- 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
Cut off the ends of the brussels sprouts and cut in half lengthwise. Steam brussels sprouts for 5-8 minutes (until tender). Toss brussels sprouts in a pan with oil, shallots and almonds. Add balsamic vinegar 4 minutes in. Sauté brussels sprouts on medium heat for 5-6 minutes. Add in syrup right after removing the pan from heat. Enjoy!
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes
- 1 head of cauliflower
- ½ cup brown rice flour (whole wheat would work also)
- ½ cup water
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tbs coconut oil
- 2/3 cup hot sauce
Preheat oven to 450*. Cut head of cauliflower into bite size pieces. Whisk flour and water together with the spices. Coat cauliflower evenly by placing into a bag or a sealed container and shake. Bake on greased sheet for 15 minutes.
While the cauliflower is baking, heat up oil and hot sauce in a pot. Re-coat cauliflower evenly with the hot sauce/oil combo and place back into the oven for another 20 minutes, or your preferred doneness. Enjoy! They are delicious when dipped in a hummus or greek yogurt dip.
Orange Chicken Spicy Skewers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
- 1 Orange
- 1 lb Chicken Breasts
- 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Cumin
- 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce
Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 20 minutes. Slice orange into 16 bite size pieces. Cut up the chicken into 1 inch cubes. Alternate adding the orange and chicken on to the skewers. In a bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients. Brush kabobs with the mixture until each piece of chicken is coated. Place on a pre-heated grill on each side for about 5-8 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.
Flourless Black Bean Brownies (Original from SkinnyTaste)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
- 1 (14 oz) canned low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- ½ teaspoon oil
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon of freshly ground coffee or instant coffee
- 2/3 cup of carob chips, divided (or semisweet chocolate chips)
Preheat the oven to 350*. Spray a 9×9 pan with baking spray.Blend the beans, eggs, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, oil, almond milk, balsamic vinegar, baking soda, baking powder, and coffee in the blender until smooth (you need to use a blender or food processor, beaters do not work).
Fold in ½ of the chips.Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining chips evenly over the top of the brownies.Bake the brownies about 30-32 minutes. Allow them to cool before slicing into squares.