Happy Monday, kiddos! I can’t believe that it is actually February 3rd… the year is just flying by! Yesterday, apart from being Groundhog Day, was a celebration that provides a little excitement (and a chance to throw a party) between New Year’s and Valentine’s Day – the Super Bowl! Congratulations to the Seahawks and their fans… it was a great game and a well-deserved win!
But I do have a confession to make… I don’t get football. When my dad tries to explain passing yards, rushing yards, etc. etc., my eyes glaze over and I just nod and hope he doesn’t realize that I am spacing out. Sorry to all you football fans out there, but football makes no sense. For me, the Super Bowl is a great excuse to get together with family and friends, eat some amazing food, have a couple of drinks, and debate if the commercials were better last year or not… and maybe watch a little bit of the game.
Like last year, some of us from our graduate class got together at our friends’ house for a potluck party. I decided to bring a couple different things to cover all my bases.
One of my wonderful friends, J, has a delightful 18 month-old son who has literally grown up alongside our journey through graduate school. He is absolute perfection and I wanted to make sure I had a treat that he could enjoy. I made these awesome cookies I talked about a couple of weeks ago.
Nothing says football food than a dessert you can grab quickly and devour while cheering on your favorite team (or running around being chased by a pretend “monster” in your footie pj’s!). Our friend’s 18 month old son loved them… the rest of the 20-somethings loved them too!
I wanted to bring something that was relatively healthy (since we are nutrition graduate students), so I decided to make an avocado- black bean- pomegranate pico de gallo recipe I found online. I tweaked it slightly by adding an additional avocado and substituting parsley for cilantro.
Look how pretty all the ingredients are together.
I found that this was a good alternative to traditional pico de gallo and guacamole because it had similar elements to the originals but had a seasonal (and healthy, anti-oxidant filled) pomegranate twist.
One of our friends, L, is gluten-free and I wanted to make a dessert that she could enjoy during the Super Bowl. So I adapted a recent (and already beloved) recipe The Sister found on Pinterest to make it gluten-free.
This is what I brought!
This is Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark by food blogger Mary Ellen and be warned – it is addictive. It is the perfect balance of salty and sweet, of crunchy and smooth. And one simple swap makes this the perfect treat for everyone.
The pretzels. Swap the regular ones for a gluten-free version and you are golden.
Just make sure they are the small twists (they break better)!
Beautiful, delicious, and gluten-free. What could be better?
I hope everyone had a fabulous Super Bowl Sunday full of food, fun, and friends!
Your football-confused, pretzel bark addicted friend,