The “big game” is almost upon us (it’s up for debate, but most people are not allowed to use the official term in media… this peasant, yours truly, almost always plays it safe). When it comes to football, I am basically Zoolander in a coal miner’s bar, whispering “Who’s winning the match?” It would also not be unlike me to self-diagnose with the black lung… pop.
I used to watch the game specifically for the commercials, but then State Farm gave my soul the black lung with that series of ads about preventable accidents, delivered by the ghosts of dead children. Or whatever that was. All I know is, I had a newborn in my arms and didn’t breath for at least three whole minutes.
Sometimes I watch for the halftime show. I wish Left Shark was the star every year. But I have high hopes for Gaga.
This year, though, I am fairly invested in the actual game. The Patriots are my hometown team (as in, they play in my hometown) and the Falcon’s Matt Ryan played quarterback at BC (and went to school too, obvi)… while I was playing quarterback of breaking the microfiche machine in the art library on the other side of campus.
Now that you have all that wind up (including a Zoolander reference and a bit about a depressing insurance commercial), let’s talk about the most important part of football Sunday. The food.
You likely have your drinks, dips, snacks and sweets lined up. But have you considered breakfast? I’ve got an easy + delicious way to kick off (get it… like… sports…) the day.
Big Game breakfast: sweet potato + black bean hash with green apples
Serves 2, gluten-free + vegan
- 2 cups sweet potatoes, cubed + roasted
- 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
- 1/2 cup diced red pepper
- 1/2 cup black beans, rinsed + drained
- 1 organic green apple, cored and diced (leave peel on)
- 1 tsp olive oil
- salt + pepper to taste
- optional: cilantro greens, shredded cabbage, or arugula
- Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat, add diced onion and saute until soft
- Stir in peppers and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes before adding black beans, sweet potatoes, salt + pepper
- Remove from heat and stir in diced green apple
- Adjust seasoning if needed and top with greens, if you wish (my recipes aim to be polite…)
If you find yourself with leftovers, I have a feeling this hash would be a real winner on a plate of nachos.
Now that would be a touchdown. Stop me. Please.
Also On Tap for Today:
- Bookmarking this old halftime workout from Greatist
- Cooking as a form of political organization from Food52
- Dying over Grace wearing her Patriots gear to gymnastics today
What’s on your football-watching menu?