Game Day Recipes :: Simple and Fast

I recently wrote a post titled Secrets From a No-Recipe Kitchen. So, I think it’s important to note that I, in fact, DO NOT specialize in following or creating recipes. However, many people ask me for my recipes, so I made a point to write down these three recipes for game day! Without sounding hypocritical, I hope you enjoy reading about how I like to prepare food for my friends and family.

Everyone loves game day food. It’s usually the first decision whether you’re hosting a crowd or making dinner for your family. But, no one wants to be stuck in the kitchen during the game, even if you’re not the biggest football fan.

I like meals that I can whip up without making a big shopping trip or spending a small fortune. I also think it’s important to note I’m not above take-out. But when we are either watching our budget or eating healthfully, easy meals are my forte. Here are three meals that can be made in 30 minutes or less using inexpensive, healthy ingredients.

Mini Mexican Pizzas (Grain-Free)

  • Almond flour pizza crust mix (I use Simple Mills)
  • Refried beans, low sodium
  • Salsa
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)

Make the pizza crust according to the box directions. Roll out the dough onto your sheet pan into one big rectangle. Use circle cookie cutters to make mini pizzas. Remove scraps of pizza dough (I like to reuse scraps until I can’t make anymore circles). Bake for 5 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove from oven and top with a spoonful refried beans, salsa, fresh parsley and cheese. Bake for another 10 minutes. Serve at room temperature.

30 Minute Jambalaya (Gluten-Free)

  • 2 cups quick-cook brown rice (I use Trader Joe’s brand)
  • 1 package of andouille sausage
  • 1 14.5 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes with their juices
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp organic butter
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, toast uncooked rice in butter over medium heat. While butter is melting, cut the onion, garlic and sausage. Add them and remaining ingredients to the post and raise heat to high. Bring to boil, then cover and simmer over low-medium heat for about 25-30 minutes (or until all the liquid is absorbed and rice is tender).

Smoked Salmon Dip

Add all ingredients to food processor. Transfer to serving dish and serve with whole grain crackers, cucumbers or celery sticks.


Sarah G
Sarah is a mother of two, wife, and Physical Therapist turned “household manager”. She has a passion for all things health and wellness whether it’s helping moms find simple solutions to everyday health concerns or assisting older adults find affordable ways to improve their quality of life. She and her husband are college football enthusiasts, travelers and food lovers.


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