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I may be the most unathletic person ever and have never been a dedicated fan of a sports team. And then I married a man who loves any and all sports, especially football.
In our first years of marriage, I wore all of the sports colors and did it all. Throughout Jordan’s busy years in med school and residency, we have watched less and fewer games. This is the first year in a while that Jordan is frequently home on weekends again and we’re so excited to do all of our favorite fall things, tailgating at home is high on the list.
Although this year instead of tailgating in the same way everyone else does, we’ve decided to do things in our own way.
I have a certain style and aesthetic that the typical tailgating decor and even food does not align with. Who says that we need set up the for the big game in the same way everyone else does? In case you are similar, here are some ways that we now do football games in our home:
Modern & Simple Tailgating at Home
This is a long post, so here’s the table of contents: 1. Healthier, but still yummy food options 2. Modern & Simple Decor, game schedule chalkboard & craft paper football garland 3. Starting new traditions
Healthier Comfort Foods
My husband loves tailgating and making good food for the games, it’s a big deal in our house. We’ve learned over the years that you don’t need to have meat when you have an equally filling and delicious option like MorningStar Farms®. We also learned that there are plenty of yummy, healthier options that are better than the typical unhealthy tailgating food.
One of our go to meals:
MorningStar Farms® Spicy Black Bean Burger, America’s #1 Veggie Burger with guacamole & Sweet Potato Sticks and spicy yogurt dip Guacamole: Avocado, red onion, cilantro, lime, salt
Additional toppings: onion, cheddar cheese, pico de gallo Sweet Potatoes, butter, cumin, chili powder, Greek yogurt
We picked up everything we needed at Walmart and I even fit in a visit to the eye doctor. All in under an hour, one of my best shopping visits to date! This little one is always wanting to help mama and do everything herself!
Here’s a coupon for your next big game:
Sweet Potato Sticks
A yummy alternative to french fries, and better, in my opinion. We like ours with a little cumin and chili powder, but you can use any spices you prefer.
Make sure to preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
To start, cut your sweet potatoes (6 is the amount I used here) lengthwise into 1/2 inch sticks and put in large bowl.
Mix up garlic, 4 tablespoons of butter, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and your favorite spices. I used a teaspoon each of cumin and chili powder and a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and salt.
Pour mixture onto sweet potatoes.
Mix together and make sure sweet potatoes are well coated.
Place coated sweet potato sticks on a cooking sheet making sure they are not touching. Place in oven for 15-20 minutes. Take out of the oven when browned.
We also whip up a quick dip for the sweet potato sticks. Just mix up some Greek yogurt or sour cream with cumin, chili powder, and salt.
I may be biased, but I think we’ve mastered the best version of guacamole. Our recipe is simple, five ingredients, avocados, cilantro, red onion, lime, and salt.
Wash cilantro, remove leaves from stems and chop.
Slice avocados and dice onion.
Combine avocadoes, onion, cilantro in bowl
Add a teaspoon of salt
and juice of one lime (we sometimes add more)
Mix it all up! I find using a big spoon is the easiest for mixing up the avocado.
Depending on preference you can mix it up to be smooth as you’d like.
Tasting the guacamole is an essential part of the process. Often times you may need to add some more salt or lime.
MorningStar Farms® Black Bean Burgers
I’ve been a vegetarian from a very young age and have continued through adulthood. Now even my doctor husband adopts a mostly vegetarian lifestyle happily. While vegetarian definitely does not equal healthy, it can be when done correctly. It’s important that vegetarian options are available for those who don’t eat meat, but also as a way to maintain a healthy lifestyle year round.
Recently we hosted a picnic for friends and grabbed a pack of MorningStar Farms® Spicy Black Bean burgers, by the time I went to grab one they were already gone! Even our non-vegetarian friends are beginning to value and support a healthier, less-meat lifestyle. So now we always make sure to grab the value pack.
Big thanks to my sweet husband who has not only learned to compromise but has also learned to enjoy eating meatless options. You’re the real all-star.
Topped with pepper-jack or sharp cheddar with a pretzel bun is how we prefer them!
Add in toppings like guacamole, onion, lettuce, pico de gallo, and pickle! Yum!
Modern, Simple, Football Decor
I never thought I’d be able to come up with some tailgating decor that would fit my style, but I think I have!
Craft Paper Football Garland
This year Jordan was extra excited for football season so I wanted to come up with a fun way to make our home festive for him. This football pennant garland was very easy to put together and only took a few minutes.
Get the printable I created for the footballs HERE.
To make the garland:
- Print out the footballs on craft paper. I used our normal printer and they printed out fine.
- Cut out footballs
- Use a hole punch and add two holes to the top of the football.
- String jute or other string through holes and space evenly out.
- Hang up somewhere fun!
Game Schedule Chalkboard
My friend Lexi had a chalkboard with a football schedule. It fit perfectly in her home and I knew I wanted to do something similar to help add to the season.
This is relatively simple to do and even easier if you have decent handwriting. I do pretty well with cursive, but my print isn’t always the best. The best thing about a chalkboard is that it doesn’t have to be perfect.
I looked up the schedule of our favorite team and wrote down the team they’re playing, the date, and if it’s home or away.
After the first game, I also added in whether the team won or lost and the score.
Make New Traditions
Our traditions are simple, but they are ours and we look forward to them on game days.
Game days are one of the only days that you’ll find us eating in the living room, so it makes it extra special.
We also love to invite others into our home to watch the games to make it more of a party.
I hope that this inspires you to create your own football season traditions in your own specific style. Learning that you don’t have to celebrate the way everyone else does, but in a way that works for your own family is freeing. Even Ruby loves these days and joins in with her papa in shouting at the tv!