Dugouts and Diapers

Jessica Starr Nichols

Healthy Football Snacks

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If you are from the South, you know that football is more than just a game. It is what your weekends are scheduled around from September-November. Some of the things that make football season so great are the passion, fellowship with friends and family, and the FOOD. While the pizza, boiled peanuts, dips, and chips are absolutely delicious, there are some healthier alternatives. I’m going to share three amazing recipes that are packed with protein, low carb, and delicious.

Oven Baked Cauliflower with Hot Wing Sauce

This is a recipe that my mom gave me, and it is now a family favorite! Begin by preheating your oven to 350. Wash the entire head of cauliflower, then tear off the florets and put them in a large mixing bowl. Pour one cup of Frank’s Hot Wing Sauce, it’s the best, over the cauliflower and use a spatula to fold the sauce into the cauliflower until each floret is evenly coated. Pour the mixture onto a large baking sheet and use the same spatula to spread the florets out evenly on the pan. Bake the cauliflower for 20-25 minutes and enjoy. I promise this will be a hit!

Romaine Lettuce Taco Wraps

This recipe is one that I make all the time. It is perfect for those jam-packed days, because it literally takes ten minutes! You want to begin by browning 1lb organic ground beef, or you can chop and sautée an organic chicken breast if you don’t eat red meat. Sprinkle 1Tbsp of homemade taco seasoning on your meat of choice. While the meat is cooking, tear off the organic romaine lettuce leaves and rinse them. Lay them on a paper towel to dry. When the meat is cooked thoroughly, dip out a portion of it onto each lettuce leaf and top with shredded cheese and salsa. You will never use tortilla shells again!


Corn and Black Bean Stuffed Peppers

This recipe is one that you will memorize and make over and over again. I buy the bag of organic sweet peppers from Publix, because they are less labor intensive when it comes to cleaning out the seeds. Begin by trimming the top off of the pepper and cutting them in half, length-wise. Place them side by side on a baking sheet. Preheat your oven to 350. In a mixing bowl, combine one can of organic black beans, drained, one can of organic corn, drained, and one clove of freshly minced garlic. Fill the peppers with 1tsp of the black bean and corn mixture and top with shredded cheese. Bake the stuffed peppers in the oven for 15-20 minutes. You can serve condiments such as: salsa, sour cream, diced onions, and chives on the side. I promise you won’t be able to eat just one of these bad boys!


I hope you all will make these snacks for your next party and enjoy the time of fellowship with friends and family.


Author: jstarrnichols

I'm a wife, mother, daughter, and friend. I love Jesus, my family, my friends, and my life. I enjoy writing, yoga, laughing, and spending time with my manclan. I’m merely striving to be the best version of myself.

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