Ready For Some Football

Each year, Spud employees look forward to the Super Bowl. In fact, during the Christmas party, we were already talking about how we could celebrate Super Bowl LIV. The beauty of the Super Bowl is that you don’t have to love football to enjoy the game. Here at Spud, we have a good mix of football fans and people who just like a good social gathering. Fan or not, here are some ways we celebrate.

Healthy Competition

Throughout the season, a few Spud employees participated in Fantasy Football. While everyone played a good game, Jeremy Bradley is the winner this year!

“I always look forward to Fantasy Football with current and past employees. It gives me a chance to get to know some of my coworkers outside of work, but I gotta say it feels good to win. If you are not first, you are last!” – Jeremy Bradley, Project Manager

Commercials & Halftime Show

Not everyone is a big football fan; some of us hurdle to the couch for the commercials and Halftime Show rather than dedicating that time to snack refills. As time has passed, we’ve seen some memorable moments we’re still discussing today. There have been a few favorites around the office though.

“Showing my age, but I’d have to say the Budweiser Whassup was pretty funny. I also loved the Volkswagen ‘Force’ with the little kid. Michael Jackson’s Pepsi ad was another highlight!” – Jason Watson, New Business Development

Organic Recipes

We all can agree that Game Day is a day when calories just shouldn’t count. But with Chef’s help, we can all stay on track with our health goals while still indulging in delicious eats. He’s providing us with a few recipes we can easily prep ourselves for Game Day. We’re feeling generous, so we’ll share them with you as well:

Derek’s Hummus

  • 2 cans chickpeas (reserve liquid from one can)
  • Liquid from the can of chickpeas
  • ½ cup raw cashews (unsalted)
  • 1 Tablespoon Braggs liquid aminos
  • Juice of 1.5 lemons
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Method:

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor
  • Blend until smooth
  • Add in other flavors such as jalapeno, roasted red pepper, olives, artichokes….

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

  • olive oil cooking spray
  • ¾ cup gluten-free baking flour
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 heads cauliflower, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup of your favorite hot pepper sauce (such as Frank’s RedHot)
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Mix flour, water, garlic powder, salt, and pepper together in a bowl using a whisk until batter is smooth and somewhat runny. Add cauliflower to batter and mix until cauliflower is coated; spread onto the baking sheet.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove saucepan from heat and stir hot pepper sauce and honey into butter until smooth. Brush hot sauce mixture over each cauliflower piece, repeating brushing until all the hot sauce mixture is used.
  5. Bake in the oven until cauliflower is browned, about 10 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven and allow the cauliflower to cool 10 to 15 minutes.

Chef Jeff’s Vegan Chili

  • 2 white onions, diced
  • 2 red peppers, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • 1 yellow squash, diced
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 large cans crushed tomato 
  • 3 cans mixed chili beans to your liking, drained
  • Chili powder
  • Vegan dark chocolate

Method:

  • In a large pot, heat a small amount of oil.
  • Add onion, peppers, jalapeno and carrots.
  • Sautee for 2 minutes.
  • Add in a tablespoon of chili powder.
  • Stir.
  • Add in the remainder of the veggies to coat in the chili powder.
  • Allow to soften slightly.
  • Add in tomato as well as filling the cans with water and adding that as well.
  • Add more chili powder and bring to a boil. Add more tomato or liquid as needed for desired thickness
  • Reduce heat and add in beans, let it cook for as long as you can.
  • Add in the chocolate chips about 10 min before serving, season with salt pepper and any other spicy seasonings (or go a Cincinatti route and add cinnamon).
  • Serve topped with vegan cheese and sour cream.

We hope you all enjoy the Big Game! How do you celebrate Game Day?