Healthier Dips Trio For the Big Game

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The light at the end of the winter tunnel looms closer!

The thing is, this is the time of year, every year, in which I notice more hope and light. I notice that I have many more events to look forward to, and that winter is almost halfway over. The last half always goes more quickly than the first half! That’s because we have things that keep us warm. And not just a pellet stove, and the fact that we just got back from 75 degrees Florida! It’s the fun of what’s to come in February and March. And soon, it will be time to party for the big game!

I first thought of an idea for a healthier dips trio, because I love everything in three! Whenever I buy crunchy snacks for a party, I buy them in three’s. That way we’re covered with pretzels, potato chips, and tortilla chips. Sounds simple enough, right? It’s about having something for everyone, and a dip for everything! (and everyone) That’s where my recipes come in.

And that’s where my favorite trio comes in too:

This is my favorite mix of new and traditional favorites. When you’re trying to have a party to suit many tastes, the variety matters. Food failure is no option – and this is our winning spread. Three crunchy snacks, three better for you dips, and fruits and vegetables. My husband makes spicy wings, and I usually try to find a dessert too. I think there’s no attention like there is to the snacks, though. They make the party! And it’s how we take our party from ordinary to extraordinary. To be fair, there’s nothing ordinary about our home and our eclectic parties, but crunchy snacks and dips should stand out.

Here are three healthier dips for Snack Factory® Pretzel Crips®, Kettle Brand® Potato Chips, and Late July® Tortilla Chips:

Broccoli Guacamole

Broccoli Guacamole

Ingredients

  1. 2 ripe avocados, diced
  2. 1 cup lightly cooked broccoli pieces, chopped
  3. 1 tomato, diced
  4. 1 garlic clove, minced
  5. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  6. 1 tsp paprika
  7. Salt

Instructions

  • 1. (optional because raw broccoli also works well) Cook the broccoli until it's soft, and drain well
  • 2. Place in a food processor and add remaining ingredients, except the avocado
  • 3. Then mix all ingredients in a bowl - add avocados and mash them but leave some chunks
  • 4. Season with salt, as needed
  • 5. Enjoy!
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I generally pair broccoli guacamole with pretzels, but many crunch snacks work! I lightly cook my broccoli, but I’ve also had it with raw broccoli. In those cases you just chop it really finely so it blends in. It’s a great way to get vegetables!

It’s such an easy recipe and it doesn’t take a lot of time either! That’s why I chose three dips that are all easy to shop for, and make. That way you have delicious and wholesome snacks in only a matter of time. Next is Lemon White Bean Dip:

Lemon White Bean Dip:

Ingredients:

2 cups cannelini beans, drained
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
2 lemon rinds, grated
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1 – Put the beans in a blender/food processor with half the garlic and some salt
2 – Add the olive oil a little at a time until the whole mixture is smooth
3 – Add more garlic and mix again
4 – In a large bowl, mix in rosemary, lemon zest and a bit more olive oil
5 – Enjoy with salt and pepper as needed

My third favorite recipe is a Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus. Hummus is forever a favorite recipe in this household, but I like to branch out a bit when we’re expecting company. I pair them with Late July® Tortilla Chips, in any delicious flavor!

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus:

Ingredients:

1 can garbanzo beans, drained
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp tahini
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
fresh basil to taste

Instructions:

1 – Add garbanzo beans to blender/food processor with tomatoes. Then add olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and salt
2 – Pulse mixture for 1 minute and then scrape down sides, and then pulse for another few minutes
3 – Add basil and mix into hummus
4 – Serve with tortilla chips and fresh vegetables
5 – Enjoy!

Are you inspired yet? I went to a birthday party on Saturday night and all I wanted were the chips, pretzels, and dips!

What’s your favorite crunchy snack for a big game party?

Enjoy!

5 Ways to Take Your Big Game Party to the Next Level: Spicy Chicken Ring

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Boy do I have a TREAT for you! Planning a big game party? Us too. This Spicy Chicken Ring uses crescent roll dough, cooked chicken, hot sauce, and some good cheeses to be the meltiest, breakiest, most appetizing party recipe. Plus, find out four other ways to have a next level party! #ad #TheOtherBowl

How many times do I tell you that I have a real treat for you with a recipe post?

Probably more often lately, right? It’s because I’ve been impressing myself! I started cooking a few years back as a life challenge for myself. I already knew how to bake, and sometimes quite well, but I needed motivation for my savory recipes – particularly party recipes. We seem to entertain quite a bit and I know I’m always looking for the best party recipe. Over the holidays, you may remember that I made a Chicken Pot Pie Wreath with red and green vegetables. I’m nothing, if not festive! And I love a big game party as much as the next person so that’s 50% for the food. And 50% for the ambiance.

I love a party with character. I love a party with decorations, food, conversation, and HUMOR. And I love a party focused on cleanliness and comfort too. That’s why you should hover over the image (below) to start shopping for your Big Game party!

As you prepare for your big game party, no matter how large or small, you probably have your guest bathroom in mind, among other things. How do you take your entire party – including the bathroom – to the next level? With these 5 tips:

1 – Embrace all that is amazing about Poo~Pourri. Over the holidays, we got quite attached to all the festive varieties! Now that we’re knee-deep in winter, we have some new favorites! Personally, I find Royal Flush® Before-You-Go® Toilet Spray from Poopourri.com to be quite fetching. I’m also big into the Smoky Woods variety! It’s Cedar + Hickory + Citrus.

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Why do we love it? It WORKS! It also helps make guests feel comfortable, which is important when party planning. A true Game Day Hero! We LOVE to have a good party here. And don’t forget about the Other Bowl! Not at your awesome party.

Poo~Pourri rocks. I bought it for all my loved ones for Christmas, because it’s funny. Right? Well it also works. So now I keep buying it! It’s all natural – no synthetic fragrance, no alcohol, no aerosol, no parabens, no phthalates, no formaldehyde, and all stink-fightin’ good stuff. The people have spoken because there are over 40MM bottles sold, and 15,000+ 5 star reviews!

Also, free shipping on orders over $19.95 at Poopourri.com! How does it work? It’s actually simple. When you spritz it into your toilet bowl – before you go – the pure blend of NATURAL ESSENTIAL OILS creates a film on the surface of the water that traps odor under the surface. A protective barrier! It stops trouble before it starts and all you’ll smell is a refreshing bouquet of NATURAL ESSENTIAL OILS. Flush yeah to that! Hello, to your happy and comfortable football party guests!

2 – Step it up with your decorations! I mean, your other bowl is already amazing, so why not use proper decorations? One thing we did once was put all of our chairs together on two sides to look like bleacher. And they were facing each other! Maybe some jeering was involved. We also gave our kids whistles and flags. Aren’t we insane? Well it was fun!

3 – Get your sight and sound ready. Sometimes upgrades are in order because you can’t watch the big game on a tiny screen! My husband will often have the game playing on two different screens in the house. That can be rather fun.

4 – Here’s a fun party hack – get a disposable grill. Yes. For real. You can enjoy it knowing you’re not destroying your grill. And it’s so cold to grill right now! You can get a grill pan for your stove and let the fun begin!

5 – Speaking of food, it’s recipe time! My Spicy Chicken Ring is a crowd pleaser with some vegetables and dip.

Spicy Chicken Ring

Spicy Chicken Ring

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 package cream cheese (4 oz), at room temperature
  2. 1/3 cup hot sauce
  3. 3 cups cooked rotisserie chicken, chopped
  4. 1 cup shredded cheese of choice (we chose pepper jack)
  5. 2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 375
  • 2. In a bowl, combine cream cheese and hot sauce until smooth
  • 3. Then mix in chopped chicken and cheese and stir
  • 4. Open the crescent roll dough and separate into 16 pieces
  • 5. On a baking sheet, arrange them to look like a sun - short sides of triangles are in the middle (dough can overlap)
  • 6. Spoon filling mixture on half of the triangles - closer to the center of the sun
  • 7. Bring each triangle edge up over filling, and tuck under bottom layer
  • 8. Repeat around the sun. It's ok if filling shows. I like that!
  • 9. Bake for about 22 minutes or until dough is golden brown
  • 10. Enjoy!
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I hope those step by step photos show you how fun and easy it is! There is no end to the delicious flavor and doughy goodness. I like to make a variation of this recipe for many occasions, because it’s always easy, festive, and fun.

Boy do I have a TREAT for you! Planning a big game party? Us too. This Spicy Chicken Ring uses crescent roll dough, cooked chicken, hot sauce, and some good cheeses to be the meltiest, breakiest, most appetizing party recipe. Plus, find out four other ways to have a next level party! #ad #TheOtherBowl

And that’s all my wisdom for today! Intriguing decorations. Amp up your sight and sound. Create a delicious recipe. Have some fun. Eat some food. And NEVER forget the best ways to game up your bathroom with Poo~Pourri from Poopourri.com!

What’s your best way to take your Big Game Party to the next level?

Boy do I have a TREAT for you! Planning a big game party? Us too. This Spicy Chicken Ring uses crescent roll dough, cooked chicken, hot sauce, and some good cheeses to be the meltiest, breakiest, most appetizing party recipe. Plus, find out four other ways to have a next level party! #ad #TheOtherBowl