We love the excuse that the Big Game provides to gather friends and family for a casual, fun get-together with festive food. Just post-fall-and-winter-holiday season, we’re grateful that the only shopping we have to do is for fun, delicious ingredients for our tailgate recipes. Other than a friend or family member here or there reminding us to make their favorite football food recipe, we aren’t asked or told too much what to buy. And, as the one in our family who does most of the cooking and who feels responsible for keeping family members healthy, we welcome calling the shots. We love putting on our “creative hats” and surprising family members with new recipes that we come up with ourselves or that we find online that allow us to serve up tasty recipes that pack a powerful produce punch!
Double Up on the Cheerleading and the Produce!
With the Big Game just around the corner – Feb. 5, 2017 – we’re already planning what #deliciousandnutritious food we’ll be serving or bringing to friends’ or family members’ homes for game day. We like knowing that while we’ll be cheering on our favorite team, we’re also cheerleading for our friends and family by making healthy game-watching snacks available. If you’ve been a Concord Foods fan for a while, you know the guacamole and salsa recipes that you can make with our mixes are huge crowd-pleasers. While both of the traditional forms of these dips already incorporate produce like avocado and tomatoes, you can increase their produce power by serving them with more fruits and vegetables or incorporating additional, unique produce in the dips themselves, as shown in the following great recipes (just click on the recipe name link to access the recipe.)
- Field Goal Guacamole – we love this recipe from Spark Recipes (shown above) because it already contains beautiful tomatoes in addition to the avocado used to make the guacamole, and you can serve it with carrots, celery sticks, or green peppers to multiply its produce power!
- Cherry Lime Guacamole or Cherry Salsa – these cherry creations combine the sweet taste and nutrition of cherries with other produce powerhouses, like avocado and peppers. Add raw snap peas for dunking and you’ve got a sweet and snappy treat!
- Salsa Hummus – never mind doubling up, you can give your guests a triple produce punch, when you serve this dip from Ally’s Sweet and Savory Eats made with chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and salsa alongside cut-up veggies like cucumbers.
Make Another Healthy Play By Serving Additional Flavorful Fruit!
In addition to your sneak play of adding cherry or some other fruit to the salsa or guacamole you serve, you can make a bold, more-obvious move by serving eye-catching recipes whose star players are vitamin-rich fruit. We love the recipes below that feature fruit but also provide a little crunch or other texture temptation to get our favorite people to eat and enjoy fruit.
- Goat Cheese and Pistachio Covered Strawberries – what’s better than a recipe that adds a smooth or a crunchy texture to beautiful fruit? One that adds both like this delicious one from Two Purple Figs.
- Maple Cinnamon Oats Greek Yogurt Fresh Fruit Parfaits – no need to go all fancy or create a lot of dishes to do. You can make this recipe from Salt & Wit pre-game in small clear, plastic cups to show off your fruity beauties!
- Caramel Apple Pretzel Salad or Caramel Apple Wheels – when you make these recipes from The Gunny Sack and Chelan Fresh, respectively, using our Simply Concord clean-label, simple-ingredient caramel, you’ll be dressing your creation with a no-artificial-ingredient and no-artificial-color caramel – another reason you can feel good about serving this recipe!
Good, Healthy Food Is Meant to Be Shared
Throughout the year, we’ll be introducing more great ideas and recipes for doubling, tripling and quadrupling the produce you serve using #produceup #producepusher #biggerthanyou #producepowerhouse #supportyourteam #smartwaytovegout #fortifywithfruit and #producepower, and hope you’ll join in the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. We’d love to hear how you’re supporting your favorite team by creating and serving recipes that incorporate yummy, healthy produce, so please do share!