Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Nutritious Noshing Part 2

Best Olympic/Bowl Options -Crowd Viewing Eats 


Top Pick:
THE fastest disappearing act won't be the defensive line of the team you're NOT rooting for...

Crowd pleasing-and IMO- ideal hostess gifts-right along with that six-pack or bottle of booze (better even)...WONDERFUL Pistachio  (aka Get Crackin™) nuts-are addictive nutritious goodness,,, (for about half cup serving-6grams protein, 3 grams dietary fiber+ meaningful amounts of Thiamin, vitamin B6, Iron, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Maganese, Copper-only 160 calories). Widely available in game size 14oz-16oz bags...in fav flavors like Roasted +Salted, lightly or no salted-plu a tangy spiced up option - Sweet Chile.
Hint-keep an empty bowl handy for the shells...AND keep a few shelf stable extra bags of pistachios around...for OT. 

...it' ll be a big bowl full of Wonderful Pistachio nuts -starting off the coin toss...and then long (and) gone before the 2 minute warning.
Of the first half.
Guaranteed,



Couldn't care less about the BIG GAME-no worries-our home team actually favors the slick bobsled, not so simple as it looks- curling, and the super speedy luge competitions. 
Fortunately-satisfying Wonderful™ pistachio nuts are good for all different viewing time zones...even during the live from S. Korea ones. 
:-)

The Fast Fruit Option:

For home gamers-who require fruity sweets-with nifty hand diversion potential- to divert from the mental anguish over the score... -easy to peel - Halo Mandarins  are an inexpensive juicy sweet options-that require little more than napkins-to serve.
In season NOW and widely available.
There is a social media contest(?) amazing sculpture effort-worthy of a podium finish.

The Easy Chocolate Treat:
Maybe more memorable than some of those ads...moist chocolate chunk brownies -can easily pack a few extra points-when made with the athlete staple-heart healthy  dried Montmorency tart cherries plus-interestingly enough, sweet balsamic vinegar, protein packed walnuts+garbanzo flour.

Even non-cooks...will find this treat doesn't really require much pre-game effort.
via GIPHY

And this melt-in-your mouth-inhaleable... adult worthy (legal in all 50 states), gluten-free decadence-with that provocative name... will probably be on a repeat culinary request- 11 days later (Valentine's Day).

Love Slave Balsamic Cherry Chocolate Chunk Brownies
Eat Cake Naked by Amy Reiley & Delahna Flagg
yields 16 brownies
gluten-free
 1/2 cup dried dark cherries
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup roasted walnuts, chopped
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup garbanzo flour (chickpea flour)
1/4 tsp salt
2 lg eggs
5 oz dark chocolate baking chunks (substitute dark chocolate chips)
1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
2. Roughly chop the dried cherries into halves or quarters. Put them in a small bowl and bathe them with the balsamic. Let them rest while you make the brownie batter.
3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. When the butter is melted, remove from the heat and whisk in the cocoa powder until you have a smooth river of chocolate goodness.
4. Stir in the vanilla and allow the mixture to cool slightly.
5. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the walnuts, sugar, flour and salt. Stir in the chocolate mixture.
6. Crack the eggs one at a time into a separate bowl and add them to the brownie batter. Stir until just combined.
7. Strain the balsamic from the cherries then fold the cherries, along with the chocolate chunks, into the batter.
8. Pour the mixture into a greased 8"x 8" pan...or lined with parchment paper 8-inch x 8-inch pan.*  (see instructions on party perfect serving, below)
Note: the batter will be thick.
9. Bake in the center of the oven for 30-35 minutes until the top is just set. Be careful not to overbake—these are ultra-ooey, gooey brownies.
10. To cut, dip  knife in hot water then cut through the brownies. This will help prevent sticking, as these brownies are super moist and luscious.
*If planning to serve the brownies at a party, instead of greasing, line the pan with parchment, making sure to leave it hanging over two opposite sides, as though you’re making handles. (Because you are.) When the brownies have cooled, transfer the pan to the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Remove pan from the freezer and carefully lift the parchment like two handles and transfer the brownies to a cutting board. The time in the freezer will have helped the brownies firm up long enough for you to cut them neatly without totally freezing them.