Game Day Snacks, with a Healthy Twist

So, if you know me, I love to decorate & over do anything I can get my hands on (obviously, I'm an event planner by trade), and that includes the Big Game this weekend. I am not a huge football fan, but I don't really have a choice in my house hold. If you know my husband then you know exactly what I am talking about. My husband is a die hard sports fan and football is top on his list. He is so bad, in fact during every pregnancy, I was warned that I was not allowed to give birth on a day ANY of his teams played or he would have to miss their birth. Lucky for me (and him) that wasn't an issue! Even though I am not a football fan I do enjoy watching the Big Game for the commercials & enjoy the food. Plus I have two boys so I have to make it seem like I am kinda interested in the same things (that's me being mom of the I am starting the year off with a healthy kick (pun intended) so I wanted to share a few recipes that should be a sure hit, but with a healthy twist. Some of these recipes are as simple as opening up a box and slapping some extras on to it. Don't worry I wont tell if you don't. I am a mom of four so the simpler the better for me!

Honey Glazed Cajun Not So Chicken Wings


2 bags of Gardein Plant Based Wings

2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, divided

½ cup ketchup

¼ cup lemon juice

¼ cup honey

1 teaspoon dry mustard

oil for frying


Step 1 Heat Oil

Step 2 Toss chicken and 5 teaspoons Cajun seasoning in a large bowl.

Step 3 Place chicken in heated oil and cook 4 - 5 minutes

Step 4 While chicken is cooking, stir the remaining 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, ketchup, lemon juice, honey and dry mustard in a bowl and set aside.

Step 5 Once the chicken is done cover the wings with the sauce

Note: I have dabbled in out of being a vegan for years and I can tell you Gardein is the best product out there to to use to get that close to chicken taste and texture when trying to do things the fast way and use already made products.

Banana Split Bites


3 Bananas 1/4 lb Cored Pineapple 6 Strawberries 1 cup Dipping Chocolate 1/4 cup Chopped Peanuts 12 Popsicle Sticks (or skewers)


Step 1 Cut strawberries in half. For each strawberry half, cut an equal size piece of banana and pineapple.

Step 2 Place pineapple on first, then banana and lastly strawberry.Place in freezer for 10 minutes.

Step 3 Line a tray with wax paper or parchment paper.

Step 4 Put chopped nuts in small plate to use for dipping.

Step 5 Melt chocolate by heating in microwave for 30 seconds, stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.

Step 6 Dip cold fruit in chocolate, then into nuts, then place on prepared tray.

Enjoy. Recipe from Life Love Liz.

Buffalo Not So Chicken Dip


1 bag of Morningstar Veggie Pulled Pork 8 ounces of cream cheese 2 1/2 cup of shredded Mozzarella Cheese ( divide 1/2 cup for later) 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt 1 cup Hot Sauce use a buffalo sauce

Optional Toppings: Green Onions & Fetta Cheese

Serve with tortilla chips, celery and carrot sticks or whatever you prefer


Step 1 Heat oven to 350°F.

Step 2 In a large mixing bowl, stir all ingredients together minus the divided 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella & the optional toppings. 

Step 3 Transfer the mixture to a baking dish & spread evenly.

Step 4 Bake for 15-20 minutes until the dip is warmed through and starts to brown slightly around the edges. 

Step 5 Take the remaining 1/2 shredded mozzarella and place on top of dip and place back in the over for a remain 10 minutes.

Step 6 Remove and sprinkle with your desired toppings.  Serve warm.


Dairy Free Ice Cream Football Sandwiches


Mini Non Dairy Ice Cream Sandwiches - Tofutti® Dairy Free Frozen Dessert Sandwiches or So Delicious® Dairy Free Coconut Milk Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Sandwiches

Wooden Ice Cream Spoons (available here on Amazon)