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Big Game breakfast: sweet potato + black bean hash

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

big game breakfast sweet potato black bean hash


  • 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


  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat, add diced onion and saute until soft
  2. Stir in peppers and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes before adding black beans, sweet potatoes, salt + pepper
  3. Remove from heat and stir in diced green apple
  4. 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:

What’s on your football-watching menu?

Today: Game changing snacks.

Our hometown team is playing in the big game this weekend and all this talk of, well… deflated balls has distracted from what really matters: the food.  

My friends at Blue Diamond Almonds recently sent me two of their tastiest flavors to incorporate into some game-worthy snacks.  Whether you’re heading to Arizona (please take me and all three feet of snow with you) or hosting friends at home, I hope you’ll enjoy these simple, but delicious snacks.  

Smoky almond and black bean dip

I had never thought to add almonds to my favorite vegetarian dip, but I love the warm, smoky flavor they add.  


  • 1 can of organic black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup of Blue Diamond Smokehouse almonds
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Pinch of cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Um… put everything in the blender and pulse.
  2. Garnish with a few chopped almonds and serve with fresh vegetables or tortilla chips.

Vegetable dumplings with Wasabi & Soy Sauce almonds

This recipe is a tiny bit more involved, but still easy (I promise).  It makes 6 dumplings and can easily be doubled… or tripled… or whatever.  I chose to quickly pan fry my dumplings, but you might consider baking or steaming them.


  • Wonton wrappers
  • Your choice of finely chopped vegetables (I used what I had on hand: shredded carrots, sugar snap peas, mung bean sprouts, red bell peppers, green onions), approximately 2 cups
  • 1/4 cup of Blue Diamond Wasabi & Soy Sauce almonds, chopped
  • Splash of liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil (or olive oil)


  1. For the filling: in a bowl, combine vegetables, almonds and liquid aminos
  2. Add a small amount of filling to the center of each wonton wrapper
  3. Carefully fold each wrapper in half and seal the edges with water
  4. In a hot skillet or frying pan, cook dumplings (two at a time) in coconut oil, flipping until each side is browned.
  5. Serve with liquid aminos or soy sauce for dipping.

Simple, easy and uncomplicated.  That’s how I like my game time snacks.  As for the game itself, well… complicated is interesting, right?

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. For more Game Changing Snacks, visit Blue Diamond Almonds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Also On Tap for Today:

What are you whipping up for Sunday?

Today: Are you ready for some football?

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]I’m definitely ready for some snacks, I can tell you that much.

I hope you’re all enjoying Super Bowl Sunday (and I especially hope that the New England Patriots win).

Also On Tap for Today:

What is your favorite football snack?

Today: Super hair.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false] Most of the country is getting ready to watch the Super Bowl and/or eat buffalo wings and mini hotdogs.  I’m a vegetarian, so I have a little bit of extra time on my hands.  Time to spend looking at hairdos.


The NFL has seen some pretty amazing hair over the past 91 years.  I wasn’t alive for most of the league’s history, but I can share a few memorable ‘dos from recent years.  Let’s start with a totally bad ass mullet.  That’s always a good place to begin.

The Mullet: Brian Bosworth

Spikes up front, business on the sides (sort of) and one sexy party in the back.

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Holy Monk Hair: Tim Tebow


His teammates gave him this creative 'do. What a gift.

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The Wet Look: Clay Matthews

He whips his hair back 'n forth, Willow Smith style.

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Pac Man, man: Tracy Porter

This man's barber is a true artist. Click the link below for additional evidence.

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Prom Appropriate: Devin Hester

He puts my early 90's French braid to shame.

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The Helmet Under the Helmet: Tom Brady

It's a Beatle, it's a Bieber... it's Zach's neighbor Tom Brady.

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Long and Luscious: Troy Polamalu

My curls are envious.

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Wondering who I’m rooting for this year?  I’m not especially invested in the game (I have a Jane Austen film that’s about to expire on iTunes, vegetables to chop for the week and a workout to squeeze in), but if I had to choose… well, I’ll say it with a scrunchie.


Truly special.

Go, Pack, go to the fireplace and burn your scrunchie collection! I beg you.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Cracking open House Beautiful’s pink issue (March 2011)
  • This pup‘s rooting for the Steelers
  • Check out these incredible Super Bowl cakes

Who’s your favorite NFL hair model?  And who are you rooting for?