It’s that time of the year again when men across the country become infatuated with other men in tight pants who are apparently the best butt-slapping, man-wrestling, concussion-causing, chemically amped up participants in a “game” organized by a
corporation league that extracts 9 billion dollars a year from the US economy.
For the rest of us, it’s an excuse to eat 9,000 calories, drink 9,000 more, marvel at the wizardry of Madison Avenue, and wonder if someone is going to get fined during the halftime show. Since Madonna is performing at this year’s game, I think it’s a safe bet that the FCC will be at least $250K richer by the end of the week!
Gluten Free Beer
First up, be sure to check out our Gluten Free Beer Showdown for some honest opinions of the best (and not so much) tasting gluten-free brews.
Beer ain’t your thang?
Shirley has some great cocktail recipes over at Gluten Free Easily:
For my fellow winos
I recommend Frey Wines. Frey states on their website that they don’t use any animal or gluten-based fining agents, their wine doesn’t contain any added sulfites and they use only non-GMO yeast. And yes, they taste great too!
Super Bowl Ads
Hands down, my favorite Super Bowl ad in 2011 was Volkswagon’s The Force:
I think they may have topped themselves this year with The Bark Side:
I’m not sure how I feel about the remake of Ferris Beuller’s Day Off for Honda’s CR-V…well, other than OLD!
Now, this commercial is sure to be my personal favorite (but shhh, don’t tell Mike, LOL!).
My guys are especially excited for Sunday’s Super Bowl because last year, we were all on the Modified Elimination Diet (before flying out to California to see Dr. Vikki Petersen at HealthNOW Medical Center).
Yeah, we ate pancakes.
So while I am all about eating a healthy diet 99% of the time, there are those times when I just want to live it up a little. Afterall, it’s all about balance and I have found that (for me anyway), a little indulgence every once in a while goes a long way in helping me stay on track the rest of the time.
To help you navigate the following recipes, I’ve divided them up. The first category is full of recipes that are free of *most* of my family’s top offenders: gluten, dairy, eggs, soy and corn. There might be a recipe or two that contains corn but I added it anyway since I’m the only corn-free person in my family.
The second category are “just” gluten free recipes (Gluten Free 101 is a feature I added to my blog after my sister was recently diagnosed with celiac disease).
Gluten Free (and Allergen Friendly) Munchies
“Just” Gluten Free Munchies
For this recipe there are a few ingredients that you will need to make sure are gluten free:
Worcestershire Sauce: Lea & Perrins is gluten free
Bacon Bits: Hormel Bacon Bits, Pieces & Crumbles are gluten free (but I bet fresh bacon crumbles would taste much better!)
Beef Bouillon: Herb-Ox Beef Bouillon is gluten free
Beer: There are many gluten free beers available
Taco seasoning: Honestly, I’d recommend that you make your own taco seasoning, we happen to like this recipe (for those who avoid corn, sub the cornstarch with either arrowroot, tapioca starch or potato starch) and this recipe is good too (if you have little ones, you may want to scale back on the chili powder and crushed red pepper flakes a bit).
Here’s your playbook, so get out your “chop block” and be sure you don’t line everything up in an “illegal formation” when you set it all out – a safe game is a fun game.
5th Down and 2 To Yards Go
So enjoy the game and all its pomp and circumstance, especially Tom Brady (super hunk, even if he did go to Michigan). The commercials will be fun, but don’t forget to watch for the “tight-end” running the slant after a play-action out-route caught the zone blitz off balance. And remember that arm-tackles will not slow down a 220-lb husband from taking the last chicken wing any better than they will stop a running back from shooting the 3 gap with his shoulders square!
(I have no idea what I just wrote…Mike said it would make me sound more football literate than I did last year, LOL!).
Do you plan to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday? If so, what will you be serving up?
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