Football Sunday Menu: v1

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What a fun day!  I volunteered at the Fortify table at the Minnesota Cheese Festival, handing out recipes and talking to food enthusiasts of all sorts about what to cook and where to eat.  I also got to mingle with tons of local food vendors that make everything from cheese, to beer, wine, vinegar, jams, honey and pretty much anything artisan.  The weather was perfect, the food tasted great and everyone was happy.  What more could you want?
One of the things the other members of Fortify and I were joking about is how much we talk and think about food throughout the day compared to the average human being.  No need to get super scientific here, but lets just day it’s a high percentage of the time :) But for real, I’m already thinking about what food to cook for the football games tomorrow afternoon!  Maybe you are too?
Sunday afternoons at our house are very much about watching the game itself, but they’re also about what we’re going to eat while watching the game.    Yes, its important that your game day  food spread includes lots of low maintenance, snack-like, bite-sized options that are appealing to a lot of different people.  Easy + simple + snacky does not equal hard.  Your game day spread does not have to come from a package!
This football season, I’m going write about football party food ideas that are homemade, easy, healthful and appealing to everyone.   Here’s what I’m thinking you should have tomorrow:
A big bowl of cherry tomatoes
Homemade black bean quesadillas with fresh avocado and chunky salsa
Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries
You can also put out some nice, juicy grapes, cut up a melon, chop some carrot wedges.  Crackers + brie cheese is always good.  Apples + brie are always good.  Ooo! What about apples dipped in caramel?  Now we’re talking.  But back to the menu…
Cherry tomatoes are a good idea because they are poppable, not messy and taste like straight up candy. Easy sell.
I love serving quesadillas to large groups of people because of the build- your-own nature and endless combinations!! Use whole wheat or spelt tortillas to get a little extra flavor and nutritional value. Rather than just sticking with plain shredded cheddar, think about how you can get creative with the cheese component!! I think Brie and feta cheese go exceptionally well in quesadillas :)  You can come up with your own set of ingredients, or take a look at a how I made an Avocado + Sauteed Onion Quesadilla here.
And of course, crispy veggie fries are always a crowd favorite. They are easy to throw together and pop in the oven while you get the other food ready or watch the pre-show analysis. I wrote a little bit more about why I like this recipe here and I think your friends would like it if you made it for them.
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So there you have it! I hope this gives you a couple of ideas for what to make tomorrow to watch the best sport in the world :)  What is your favorite game-time snack?  Leave some comments and let me know!


  1. wings, wings wings…I toss em in liquid smoke, tabasco and honey or soy and brown sugar and bake…

    • Allie @ The Nutritional Epiphany says:

      Dannnnnnggggg woman! I have never used liquid smoke – sounds kind of intense! But I can only imagine how many endless possibilities there are to take regular dishes and make them taste nice and smoky without having to smoke up the house. What brand do you recommend?

  2. What a great idea for delicious and healthy snacks! Your cherry tomatoes look divine.

    • Allie @ The Nutritional Epiphany says:

      Thanks, Laura. Yeah, I cannot believe how bright and shiny they are! Literally, I did not edit that photo one bit. I am completely speechless every time I walk out into that garden!

    • I would be too! Like little shining jewels waiting for you between the leaves :)

  3. Yum! I was at the healthy living summit downtown, otherwise I would have been all over the cheese festival!

    • Allie @ The Nutritional Epiphany says:

      Ummm hello? A Healthy Living Summit? That sounds like so much fun! Did you have a nice time? Learn anything interesting?

  4. I love all of these ideas! Quesadillas are perfect because they taste just as good as all the other processed, packaged foods, but are (can be) much healthier. I’m always on the lookout for healthy, fresh appetizers/snacks to bring to potlucks. It’s a great way to share healthy eating with others.

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