My favorite day of the year is almost upon us, the Super Bowl. I love putting together a spread of fun foods to eat that are gluten free and dairy free and watching the game with friends. This year I’ll be making some of the recipes in my 2013 Cookbook Desk Calendar. There are some great options that you can make too no matter if you’re hosting or taking a dish to someone else’s party. If you don’t have a copy of the calendar order it now so you’ll have it in time to cook up the recipes for the big game. It will help you on the path to living an easy, healthy, gluten free life.
This year there will be a first for the game. Two brothers are coaching against each other. Jim Harbaugh for the San Francisco 49ers and John Harbaugh for the Baltimore Ravens. Can you just imagine their parents and what that would be like? I’m guessing they’re rooting for both. Who are you hoping wins the game, Ravens or 49ers?
No matter who wins you’ll want to have some good eats while watching the game and the commercials. Scroll down and you’ll see each month and some ideas on how to serve them for the big game. This calendar is a party in a box!
Oh and don’t forget for those who own this cookbook calendar, to go to the last page and grab the Secret Code for the webpage full of photos giving more detailed directions, links to more recipes using the ingredients in these 12, plus a ton more recipes and cooking tips.
January is a must to have at the party, Jicama Tacos or Tostados. I love guacamole and anytime I can find more creative ways to use it I will. Here I’ve combined it with purple potatoes and mushrooms or shrimp and bay scallops.
February Little Lasagna Flowers are good since there are in single serve size. What you use for the flower itself and the filling is totally up to you. I give you a few suggestions for both.
March would be good if you cut up this Tunisian Frittata and served it on a pizza peel. You know the wooden paddle you see them pull pizzas from the oven with. I love that as a serving dish. Easy to carry over to the coffee table or even to carry around and serve people from.
April is something you may want to keep for the celebration meal the next day when your team wins. This Garlic Roasted Asparagus with Poached Egg and Prosciutto is a classic but with my twist of Polenta Croutons.
May is something that can be made in a large casserole and your guests can serve themselves this Easy Layered Mexican Casserole. You could even pair it up with the Jicama Tacos.
June is also a dish you can make in a nice large casserole or lasagna pan. It also takes just a few minutes to put together and then you pop it into the oven. With it being winter however I would use canned fire roasted tomatoes instead of fresh for this Oven Roasted Pesto Vegetables Deluxe.
July is the month to use fresh tomatoes for this Can’t Beet California Cobb Salad and since it’s January you’ll want to swap that out for another favorite ingredient if serving it now. I really like having some type of salad when watching the big game.
August is one of those dishes that looks really hard to make but trust me anyone can do this. The Summer Vegetable Rosettes you see pictured here was cooked by my husband who is not a cook. He can make scrambled eggs but doesn’t venture too far from that. Zucchini is in season during the summer but you can buy it any time of the year. This recipe uses cashew cream cheese as an option so if you make a batch save some for the many other recipes I’ve shared using that ingredient.
September is one of my favorite fast meals to make, Hash in a Flash. It uses ingredients you have on hand and is cooked in one pan so clean up is fast. If you make this serve it in a big bowl and let your guests spoon out as much as they like.
October is a very satisfying and flavorful Smoky Simmering Soup. It’s one of those great chop and drop recipes right into your slow cooker. Put it in there in the morning and it will be ready for you at game time. How easy can it get!
November is another recipe that uses cashew cream cheese. It’s a wonderful dish for those who want their big game food to be a little fancier. Cashew Cream Yam Cannelloni served with a bechamel sauce is sure to delight.
December Mushroom Party recipes are perfect for the big game food. Keep the mushrooms smaller so they are finger foods and not something you’ll need a fork and knife to eat. I give you three options and the recipes for each. You can keep them vegetarian and make the Yam Packed Mushrooms or not and make the Crabby Mushrooms or Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms.
Enjoy the game, your friends and family and the good food you’ll make. I hope your team wins!
So, what are you going to make and who do you hope wins the game?