Game day and Class Recap!
We are all know that today is kick off to the football season, but are you aware that tomorrow is the USC Gamecock Volleyball team’s first home game and it is against Clemson! If you haven’t been to a volleyball match you should try it out sometime. It is an exciting game ( I am a little biased) and the volleyball competition facility is a lively venue! If you can’t check out the game tomorrow I would encourage you to attend one of the many other home matches Check out their schedule on their website.
Last night we had our Tailgating! The plant based way! class and boy was it delicious. Have you ever been to the tailgate where you feel that there is nothing healthy for you to choose from? I know I have. Well, our class last night was designed so you would have options and an arsenal of recipes to prevent such feelings. This is often the key for a successful tailgate for me. I need to bring something that I know I will enjoy because I don’t want to be stuck without options. The word “Hangry” comes to mind to describe my personality when placed in that situation.
Back to the cooking class, our recipes included a vegan pulled pork sandwich, buffalo cauliflower wings with a imitation blue cheese sauce, spicy tofu veggie kabobs, spinach and artichoke dip, and Peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough balls (made with chickpeas). I think the cauliflower wings or the pulled pork were overall favorites and the kabobs won prettiest foot item of the night. Everyone seamed pleased with all menu items!
I don’t want you to be left out of the recipe game, so here is a recipe for a buffalo hummus that is delicious! Hummus is a a great option for tailgating because it will not turn in the heat and it provides a good source of fiber and protein. Serve with raw veggies or whole wheat pita.
Buffalo Hummus Recipe
Source: Matt Frazier
Yield: 2 cups
- 1 can or 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup jarred roasted red pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or liquid from can or water
- Cayenne pepper, to taste, for serving
1. Combine all the ingredients except the oil (or water) and cayenne. in a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine and then scrape down the sides. With the motor running, stream in the oil (or water) through the feed tube.
2. Continue to run the motor until you reach the desired consistency; I like to let it for for 5 minutes to get it really smooth.
3. Add more salt, lemon juice, or hot sauce, to taste, and then sprinkle with cayenne pepper before serving. You could also get creative and sprinkle it with cumin, smoked paprika, and more hot sauce.
I hope everyone has a safe and fun football and volleyball season!