With the Super Bowl upon us this weekend, many of you will be hosting parties. If you have any friends or family with food allergies, you know that there are sometimes challenges with menu planning to make sure the snacks are safe for everyone. Margaret and Meredith of Plate It Safe have come up with some great ideas. With their permission, this is re-posted from their blog. For the original post, click here.
Holiday events revolving around food can be stressful for people dealing with food allergies and intolerances. The Super Bowl (it’s pretty much a holiday event, right?) is no exception. But, what if you could host your own allergy-friendly Super Bowl party?
Many of the traditional Super Bowl foods can be allergy-friendly. And those that aren’t can be made so quite easily. Here’s our list:
SNACKS & APPETIZERS
- Popcorn: We love popcorn – it’s crunchy, it smells good, it’s snacky. It has some real benefits, being light on calories and high on fiber. And, it tastes good with just a couple of simple additions (like olive oil and salt) — perfect for the food allergic set. After all, “Keep It Simple, Stupid” is pretty much the golden rule for someone with a top 8 food allergy or gluten intolerance.For store-bought popcorn, one brand we like is Skinny Pop. It’s labeled dairy free, peanut free, tree nut free, and gluten free. In regards to its manufacturing practices, an email to their corporate office received this response: “SkinnyPop is the only food manufactured in our facility as well as the only item that touches our lines. There is no peanut, tree nuts, wheat, and/or dairy at the facility.”Yay, Skinny Pop!If you’re looking for something sweet, try Divvies Gourmet Popcorn whose three flavors are safe for those with food allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, and eggs.
Or, if you like to make your own popcorn, try drizzling homemade popcorn with oil and nutritional yeast.
- Potato Chips and Dip: Many unflavored potato chips don’t contain the top 8 allergens or gluten as ingredients BUT it’s often unknown as to what type of facility or on what type of line they were manufactured. We featured some allergy-friendly potato chip brands a few weeks back. If you’re super-sensitive, Epicurious has a simple recipe for homemade potato chips.But, no matter which you choose, potato chips taste so much better with a good french onion dip (gluten-, dairy-, soy-, and egg-free courtesy of Heidi Kelly at Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom).
- Tortilla Chips and Dip: Make your own or buy safe tortilla chips at the store. One brand we like is Food Should Taste Good. All their products are certified gluten-free and most are certified vegan (make sure to read the ingredient labels on the package).As for dip, my husband makes a very simple dip that gets rave reviews. All he uses is cubed ripe, fresh avocado and fresh salsa. Mix to taste. It’s fast, simple, and allergy-friendly. If you want something a little fancier, we found a top 8 allergen-free Mexican 7-layer dip courtesy of Nom Yum & Free.
- Other dips:
- Spinach and Artichoke dip: Who could resist a dairy-free, egg-free spinach and artichoke dip? To make it soy-free, use Soy-Free Vegenaise.
- Dill dip: Great with raw veggies, this dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, and soy-free dill dip is courtesy of Heidi Kelly, Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom.
- Potato Skins: With so many dairy-free substitutes on the market, tasty allergy-friendly potato skins are very doable. Here are two options – one courtesy of Young Allergies and the other from PETA.
- Wings: What game day would be complete without tangy, saucy wings? From Food Allergy Chronicles, we discovered gluten-free and dairy-free wings and dip recipes using gluten-free Frank’s Hot Sauce.
- Ribs: Another Game Day favorite is BBQ ribs. We’ve had delicious takeout from our local Armadillo Willy’s, which is one of my dairy and egg allergic daughter’s favorite restaurants. If you prefer to make your own ribs, choose from Inspired Eats’ dairy-free, gluten-free slow cooker ribs or Living Without’s dairy-free, gluten-free Plum Barbecued Baby Back Ribs.
- Pizza: Pizza has been a staple at every Super Bowl party I’ve attended. Nowadays, many pizza places have gluten-free or vegan pizzas. For those in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’ve written about gluten-free pizza from Tony’s Pizza Napoletana and gluten- and dairy-free pizza from Patxi’s Pizza. Also in the SF Bay Area is the ever-popular Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria which is known for its gluten-free pizza and vegan topping options.Another option is to make your own pizza. We’ve written about dairy-free Daiya Cheese cheese shreds which melt beautifully on pizza. For those with gluten-intolerance, check out Gluten-Free Girl’s delicious looking gluten-free pizza crust.
- Chili: We love chili at our house. We regularly make Giada De Laurentiis’ White Bean and Chicken Chili and Rachel Ray’s Indian Summer Turkey Chili. Both can be made allergy-friendly by choosing safe ingredient options and toppings. (i.e. allergy-friendly chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce, BBQ sauce, etc.).
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries: We had to throw in these adorable football-decorated chocolate-covered strawberries from Kids With Food Allergies. The ingredients? Safe chocolate chips, strawberries, powdered sugar, and water. Enjoy Life’s top 8 allergen-, gluten-free Semi-Sweet Mini Chips melt well — just be careful to melt them slowly so they don’t burn.
- Beer: What Super Bowl party would be complete without beer? Food Republic’s article, “5 Gluten-Free Beers That Are Actually Worth Drinking” is great if you’re looking for recommendations.
Check out our Safe Super Bowl Party Pinterest Board for images and links to these and more recipes, restaurants, and products. As always make sure to follow safe eating practices even (especially) when ordering take out food. And, for products, always read ingredients labels carefully.