Be the MVP on Game Day!

Hosting a super bowl party can be a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. Don’t let the stress of game day keep you out of the game! Read below for some party planning tips and advice for making the perfect wings!

 Prepare as much food as you can ahead of time.

  • Chop vegetables the night before. Certain fruits are prone to browning so it’s best to cut them close to party time. Tossing cut fruit in lemon juice can help prevent browning, but your fruit may take on some of the lemon juice flavor.
  • Prepare dips, soups and chili the day before. This helps bring out the flavor better and all you will have to do is heat it up on game day.

 A crockpot can be your best friend. Make your chili, cocktail wieners, or hot dips ahead of time then put them into the crockpot base and place in the fridge. The next morning just pull out the base and place in the heating element and you are all set!

 Keep it simple! You don’t have to make everything from scratch and spend hours in the kitchen. If you haven’t tried the Earthgrown Organic’s Guacamole or the Garden Fresh Salsa made fresh in our produce department then you are surely missing out, which pair perfectly with local-made  Organic Tortilla Chips. Our produce department also offers a fresh selection of pre-cut vegetables that can easily be arranged onto a decorative platter. Then grab some house-made dips and hummus from our deli to really impress your guests.

Also, starting on Feb. 2, 2017, when you buy 2 quarts of house made Vegetarian Chili or Cowboy Chili you can purchase a fixings pack for only $2.99 (regular price is $6.99 per pack). Stop in and grab the coupon for this deal in our deli area. (Limited time only. While supplies last.)

 Split up the responsibilities! Don’t be afraid to ask your guests to bring a dish to share, they’ll be happy to help out and may even share their recipe secrets with you.

Of course it wouldn’t be a Game Day party without some chicken wings! Making wings can be intimidating, but it is much easier than you think. Take it from someone who had never made wings before and decided to experiment in the kitchen. Here are 5 tips for making the perfect wings:

  • To ease clean-up, line a rimmed baking sheet with tin foil and then place the chicken wings on top of an oven-safe wire rack that has been placed on top of the tin foil. This will help your wings cook more evenly too!
  • Toss the wings in coconut oil and different seasonings for a healthier alternative. Then top with a tropical inspired sauce once crispy.
  • Start by cooking the wings at a lower temperature until they start to brown. Remove from the oven and toss with sauce, if desired. Then turn up the oven and broil to get the skin crispy.
  • Instead of coating your wings in sauce, keep the wings lightly seasoned and offer a variety of dipping sauces.
  • Make your chicken wings the day before and then bake them on high heat for game day so that they can get crispy again.

It is recommended that chicken should be cooked to the safe minimum internal temperature of 165˚F.

Try a yummy new recipe for Zesty Maple Glazed Wings & Drummies.

 Don’t sweat the small stuff! Your guests aren’t going to know if your food or decorations aren’t perfect. If they’re like me they are probably more interested in the Game Day commercials than anything else.

At the end of the day your guests are bound to have a good time. Whether they enjoyed the game, the food, the commercials, it’s the fun they had that will be remembered.

For more great ideas, tips and recipes and samples, visit our demo kiosk on Friday February 3 thru Sunday February 5.

Kelsey is the Food Demo and Education Coordinator at Valley Natural Foods. She oversees the in-store demo program and scheduling of classes.

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