Game Day “Survival Guide” Recipes

Ah, Saturday morning.

The cool, crisp breeze whipping at your face.  Red, orange, and yellow swirling around your head in the forms of leaves.  Beams of warmth projecting from the sun.  The sound of …. people yelling profanities about animals?

Oh yeah, it’s college game day and you’re on your way to pregame at your boyfriend’s friend’s house.  Supposedly, he has four half-barrels and the house has been partying since 6:00 am this morning.  Those guys, who ruined your observation of this lovely fall morning, were yelling about how some sort of dog-type animal is going to kick the sh*t out of some other rodent-type animal.

Two-story beer-bongs are projecting out of houses, you’re dodging puke piles on the sidewalk, and the words “chug!” “fuck you!” and “beer” are ringing in your head.

This scene is overwhelming, but you’re ready.  You are prepared to enter.  Why?  Because you had yourself a filling breakfast and you’re bringing a few game day snacks.  Knowing that you’ll be able to see the game from beginning to end and celebrate a victory afterward is comforting.  Friends compliment you, your boyfriend thanks you, and you are the life of the party.  This food will help you survive game day.

They all think that you spent so much time and a ton of money in preparing these items, but the secret is … none of that is true.  You’re a college student, too.  Life is busy with a full-time credit load and it’s not like you have a lot money.

Here are the budget-friendly, munchy, delicious, and super-simple recipes that you can make for your game day celebration:

Puppy Chow:
(a  Midwest treat)

What you need:

– 1/2 cup of peanut butter
– 1/4 cup of butter
– 1 cup of chocolate chips
– 1/2 tsp of vanilla
– 9 cups of Crispix cereal
– 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

1.  Combine peanut butter, butter, and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.
2.  Microwave for one minute.  Stir thoroughly.  Add vanilla.  Stir thoroughly.
3.  Put Crispix in a large bowl.
4.  Pour mixture over cereal evenly, make sure all of the cereal is covered.
5.  Coat with powdered sugar, sprinkling evenly over the cereal and tossing as you sprinkle to cover each piece well.

Super Simple Salsa:

What you need:

– 2 (14.4 oz) cans diced tomatoes
– 1 jalapeno Chile, seed and ribs removed
½ yellow onion, quartered
½ bunch of cilantro leaves
– 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Salt to taste

1.  Pour 1 can of tomatoes into a blender, and add the jalapeno pepper, onion, cilantro leaves, lemon juice, and salt.  Blend until fairly smooth.  Pour in the second can of tomatoes and blend briefly.  Adjust seasonings to taste by adding more lemon juice and salt.  Let the salsa rest for 1/2 hour before serving to allow the flavors to blend.

Warm Spinach-Garlic Spread:

What you need:

– 1 package (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach
– ¼ cup of milk
– 1 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
– 2 to 3 tsp of bottled roasted garlic
– ½ tsp of salt
– ¼ tsp of hot pepper sauce
– 12 oz cream cheese, cut up

1.  Cook spinach according to package directions.  In colander drain spinach, pressing with back of spoon to remove excess moisture.

2.  In medium saucepan stir together milk, oil, garlic, salt and hot pepper sauce. Cook and stir over low heat until warm.  Gradually add cream cheese, stirring until melted. Stir in spinach. Heat through.

3. Serve warm or chilled with crackers.

Enjoy leading your team to victory…er…the fans at least!

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