I love autumn, it is my favorite season. Summer is great, but it is just the set up for the glorious colored leaves, perfect temperature, and pumpkin everything that comes along with fall…and football season. I LOVE football season. Don’t get me wrong, I will never pretend to know everything that is going on in the game (typical me, unfortunately), but there is nothing I love more than the feeling of team spirit and watching your team all suited up and playing their hearts out. And of course, you can’t beat the fun food and appetizers for football games, so, in the spirit of the season, I have decided to share some of the amazing recipes I have found for great game day snacks! Even though I won’t be eating most or any of them this season (crying big tears as I write this) in attempt to get healthy before I sabotage my diet with peppermint everything over the holidays… so stay tuned for the show! 😉
PS- I do not own the rights to any of these images, nor do I pretend to claim these recipes are mine (for you guys who know my cooking history, that is obvious!) they are most definitely the works of other brilliant chefs/bloggers- If you click on the link, it will take you to the recipe!photo via: http://www.aspicyperspective.com/chipotle-bbq-chicken-skewers/%5B/caption%5D
1- Chipotle BBQ Chicken Skewers from A Spicy Perspective. Chipotle anything and I are always great lovers… and can I just mention this recipe only uses FIVE ingredients?? Even I can handle just 5 ingredients! Find the recipe here.Photo via: http://chameleongirls.blogspot.com/2011/09/fried-mac-n-cheese-balls.html%5B/caption%5D
2- Fried Mac N Cheese Balls. So my favorite food in the whole world (besides pancakes) is the fried mac-n-cheese from Cheesecake factory. For those of you who haven’t tried it… how have you lived your life so far? So in efforts to copycat it, I’ve hunted a million fried mac recipes on pinterest and come across some pretty great ones! This one is from Chameleon Girls and is found here.Photo via: http://therebelchick.com/chicken-nachos-salsa-verde/%5B/caption%5D
3- Skillet Chicken Nachos. Because what is game day without Nachos??? And I love basically anything that can be made in a skillet, so naturally I HAD to include this one from the Rebel Chick. Recipe found here.http://www.sunnywithachanceofsass.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1078&action=edit Photo via: http://lecremedelacrumb.com/2015/01/10-minute-chili-lime-almonds.html%5B/caption%5D
4- Chili Lime Almonds. Who else is nuts for nuts?? Anything with almonds?? Yes. Anything with lime?? Double yes. And you guys, these are even easy enough for me to do and only take a few minutes (doubles points for short prep time!) This recipe is found on Creme de la Crumb (seriously, check out that food blog!) and the recipe is found here.Photo via: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/skewers-of-glory/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20pwcooks%20%28The%20Pioneer%20Woman%20Cooks!%29%5B/caption%5D
5- “Skewers of Glory” (pineapple, shrimp, and bacon in a delicious teriyaki glaze) I can’t even handle how good these are… like literally I probably could eat 3 or 4…hundred… of them at a time. Recipe from The Pioneer Woman found here.
Photo via: http://peasandcrayons.com/2014/12/black-bean-queso-dip.html%5B/caption%5D
6. Skillet Black Bean Queso. Ummm…does this one need more of an explanation?? Queso is basically a staple for football season, #amiright ? Recipe can be found on Peas and Crayons at this link here.Photo via: http://damndelicious.net/2013/03/18/buffalo-chicken-quinoa-bites-with-greek-yogurt-blue/%5B/caption%5D
7. Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites (with incredible dip!) Something about Buffalo chicken just feels like football to me., so of course I wanted to include this recipe here. Plus Damn Delicious is possibly one of my favorite foodie blogs
8. I can’t be the only one who thinks cookies belong at every event, including game day?? I’m not exactly the word’s best cook, but you guys, after fiddling around in the kitchen one night when I HAD to have chocolate chip cookies and I didn’t have brown sugar, I stumbled across the best recipe for chocolate chip cookies that don’t even need brown sugar and I just had to share it. So if you are a cookie lover like me and want to add some sweet to your other game day tasties…that recipe is here.