Super Spread Super Bowl

The 49ers of my youth; the 49ers in my mind.

The 49ers of my youth; the 49ers in my mind.

Was that not one of the best Super Bowls since the 49ers actually won, or what?

Yeah, I was pretty bummed at the end when our rookie quarterback did not pull through. But there was so much awesome leading up to the awful that the party at my house still had an amazing time. Except for the part in between Alicia Keys and Beyoncé when the 9ers forgot they were supposed to be trying to WIN the Super Bowl. But at my house, we had an AMAZING spread to distract from the lack of defense (or offense for that matter), thanks to all of our guests.

The spread. And that's not even all of it.

The spread. And that’s not even all of it.

Highlights of the Super Bowl? Duh! Jennifer Hudson’s gospelized “America The Beautiful” with the Newton School Choir, Alicia Key’s jazzy “Star Spangled Banner” and of course, Queen Bey just KILLING it at the half-time show. Someone put a Super Bowl ring of Sasha Fierce’s finger already. Cuz Beyoncé won the Super Bowl in my book.

Fortunately someone on the inter web already made a compliation photo for me to steal. Which is good because I really couldn't decide which one I liked the best and almost posted 4 separate pics.

Fortunately someone on the inter webs already made a compilation photo for me to steal. Which is good because I really couldn’t decide which one I liked the best and almost posted 4 separate pics.

Winner of the Super Spread? That’s a tough one. There were the dueling crock-pots filled with queso (rotelle tomatoes and creamy cheese), the buffalo chicken dip (to die for) and Grandma’s secret wings, all of which I did not capture pictures of because I was too busy eating them. There was the delicious white bean dip made by my friend Halie.

White Bean Dip with Swiss Chard. Mmmmm...

White Bean Dip with Swiss Chard. Mmmmm…

And the spicy eggplant dip beautifully put together by my friend, Marah.

Delicious and beautiful.

Delicious and beautiful.

And of course, the Buffalo Cauliflower I’ve been talking about at my WW meetings for weeks now. It did not disappoint.

Buffalo Cauliflower w/regular ranch and spicy ranch.

Buffalo Cauliflower w/regular ranch and spicy ranch. Tell me that does not look like real buffalo chicken wings?!

Did we have too much food? Yes. Was half of what was on the table made of vegetables? Yes! Given the instructions to “bring something Super Bowl-esque” my friends came with the perfect combination of healthy faire and food just this side of slutty. Nothing too awful. Although we did make it to the bottom of the queso crock-pot. Something I didn’t think was possible.  And I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention the half time reload of Pizza Rolls and the 6th quarter (the blackout made it feel like the 6th quarter) ice cream and donut run that just had to happen.

So, yeah, it was one of the most filling Super Bowls I can remember. But it was also one of the most satisfying.

We’ll get ’em next year, 9ers!

And without further ado, the recipe…

Spicy Buffalo Caufliflower Bites

skinnytaste.com

Servings: 6 • Size: about 1 cup cauliflower • Points+: 3 pts

Calories: 119.4 • Fat: 2 g • Protein: 4 g • Carb: 21.4 g • Fiber: 3 g • Sugar: 0.2 g

Sodium: 1172 mg

Ingredients:

1 cup water

1 cup all purpose flour

2 tsp garlic powder

22 oz (6 1/2 cups) cauliflower florets

3/4 cup Franks Hot Sauce

1 tbsp melted unsalted butter

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Lightly spray a large non-stick baking sheet with oil.

Combine the water, flour, and garlic powder in a bowl and stir until well combined.

Coat the cauliflower pieces with the flour mixture and place on the baking sheet; bake for 20 minutes.

While the cauliflower is baking, combine the hot sauce and butter in a small bowl.

Pour the hot sauce mixture over the baked cauliflower and continue baking for an additional 5 minutes. Serve with skinny blue cheese dressing if desired and celery sticks.

So easy. So tasty.

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