With the arrival of Super Bowl season, a spell seems to take hold of my husband. Like many American football fans, the TV mesmerizes him. He shouts, waves his hands and dances in front of the television. With all this expended energy, my husband needs nourishment. But man - especially a gluten sensitive one - cannot live by bread and football alone. So, I prepared a Super Bowl bento (Japanese lunch box.)
Super Bowl Bento:
Asian Sesame Chicken &
Football Rice Balls & Gluten-Free Touchdown Chocolate Brownies
Chicken and chips, I understand, are Super Bowl staples. To address my husband’s health concerns, I concocted an Asian Sesame Chicken recipe. Chicken is baked with a drizzle of soy sauce, honey and sesame oil. (Happy to report the result is succulent and super-delicious!) Sesame seeds provide a fantabulous crunch covering.
Asian Sesame Chicken
Sticky Japanese white rice shaped into mini footballs play well with the chicken. The yummy stripes on the football, by the way, are SeaSnax. (Non-GMO, gluten-free dried seaweed seasoned with spices and olive oil.)
Sticky Rice & SeaSnax
Bento making rules demand that every single nook and cranny of the lunch box is covered. (No blank spaces allowed.) So, of course, this Ninja Baker had to add a gluten-free chocolate brownie for the husband. Almond meal flour and fine chocolate melt into one touchdown brownie. The recipe is inspired by one of the England's baking royals, Nigella Lawson, (Only a bit of brownie is needed to shape into mini footballs for the bento. So there is plenty leftover for the baker to enjoy.)
Almonds and chocolate melt into one luscious gluten-free brownie!
(Photo Courtesy of Jerry Witt)
For more Super Bowl scrumptiousness, scroll down to see an inspirational buffet provided by #SundaySupper participants. (If you like to bake, cook and see families back together around the dinner table, please see the #SundaySupper info below.) The topic of discussion around the virtual table at tonight’s #SundaySupper on Twitter is…drum roll please…Super Bowl recipes.
Japanese fried karaage chicken is a bento lunch box staple. For my health conscious husband, I created this baked sesame chicken. Same crunch factor. Plus, the bonus of an assertive sesame flavor paired with a tangy soy and honey sauce.
- 1/3 pound chicken tenders
- ¾ cup rice flour blend
- 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon powdered lemon peel
- 3 pinches of salt
- 2 dashes of pepper
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup white sesame seeds
- 3 tablespoons of sesame oil
- 2 ½ tablespoons of soy sauce
- 2 ½ tablespoons of honey
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a 13 x 9 pan with parchment paper.
- Cut the chicken tenders into finger food size pieces. (Or ask your butcher to do so.)
- In a bowl, whisk the salt, pepper, onion and lemon peel powders into the flour.
- Crack open your eggs into a separate bowl. Beat lightly.
- Pour the sesame seeds into a third bowl.
- Dip the chicken tenders into the flour bowl. (Cover well.)
- Next drench the chicken in eggs, followed by a roll in the sesame seeds.
- Place into the lined pan.
- Drizzle the chicken with sesame oil, soy sauce and honey.
- Bake for 23 minutes. (The bottoms will be darker than the lighter tops.)
Tip: If you prefer a uniform color, flip the chicken bits halfway through the bake.
- 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
- 1 cup of softened butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon coffee extract
- ¾ cup superfine sugar
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 ½ cups almond meal flour
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Line a 9 inch cake pan with tin foil and copiously spray butter flavored cooking spray.
Bring a pan of water to a boil. Turn down the flame so that it simmers.
Place the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over the simmering water. Stir with a heatproof spatula until melted. Take off the heat. Briskly stir in the extracts and sugar. Let the chocolate mixture cool for a few minutes.
Whisk in the eggs to the slightly cooled chocolate and sugar mixture. Incorporate the almond meal.
Pour into the prepared pan.
Bake for 325 degrees for 15 minutes. Increase the heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 20 minutes.
Tip: With aluminum foil, tent the edges of the brownie pan if you see the edges turning black at the 15 minutes mark. Also, please note a darker and/or coated pan may need less baking time.
Our host of today's Sunday Supper is the phenomenal Heather of Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks. By day, Heather is a special education teacher. By night, she creates recipes which have won awards and appeared in numerous publications.
Allow me to introduce you to a few more inspirational bloggers aka creators of sensational Super Bowl recipes.
Game Day Appetizers:
- Honey Mustard Pretzel Crunch from Shockingly Delicious
- Salt and Vinegar Wings from Casa de Crews
- Saucy Wings and Thighs from Hot Momma's Kitchen Chaos
- Macaroni and Cheese Spring Rolls from Jane's Adventures in Dinner
- Steak Rolls from Cravings of a Lunatic
- Alpine Sliders from Manu's Menu
- Hellfire Wings from Yours and Mine Are Ours
- Easy Nacho Bar from Momma's Meals
- Jalapeno Popper Taquitos from Curious Cuisiniere
- Skinny Game Day Guacamole Potato Skins from Daily Dish Recipes
- Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Cups from Alida's Kitchen
- Spinach-Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers from La Cocina de Leslie
- BBQ Veggie Mini Burgers from Happy Baking Days
- Spicy Roasted Corn Shrimp Dip from Food Lust People Love
- Honey-Sriracha Pigs in a Blanket from Hip Foodie Mom
- Beer Cheese Fondue from Melanie Makes
- Cheesy Artichoke and Garlic Bread from La Bella Vita Cucina
- Whole Wheat Pepperoni Pizza Bites from Meal Planning Magic
- Personal Chili Pots from MealDiva
- Italian Spring Rolls from Noshing with The Nolands
- Mexican Meatballs with Queso Blanco from Cooking on the Ranch
- Parmigiano Crisps from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Buffalo Chicken Potstickers from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Mediterranean Nachos from The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Chinese Barbecue Wings from girlichef
- Mini Veggie Quesadillas from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
- Roasted Tomato Hummus from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Cashew Baba Ghanoush : Roasted Eggplant Dip from Sue's Nutrition Buzz
- Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip Potato Skins from Family Foodie
- Lemon Bay Pan Roasted Shrimp from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventure
- Honey Sesame Seed Crackers from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
Game Day Entrees:
- Super Sloppy Joes from The Foodie Army Wife
- Buffalo Chicken Chili from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Mini Meatball and Mozzarella Sandwiches from Cookin' Mimi
- Super Bowl Bento from Ninja Baking
- Vegetarian "Chorizo" and Black Bean Chili from Foxes Love Lemons
- Twice Baked Chili Cheese Potatoes from Neighborfood
- Barbecue Chicken Sloppy Sandwiches from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Easy Vegetarian Chili from Delaware Girl Eats
- Game Day Chili from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
- Dr. Pepper Turkey Chili from The Texan New Yorker
Game Day Desserts:
- Heavenly Hash Cookies from The Foodie Patootie
- Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chocolate Streusel Bars from Magnolia Days
- Coffee Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake Squares from Desserts Required
- Microwave Caramel Popcorn from Pies and Plots
- Mini Coconut Cups from Basic N Delicious
- Triple Chocolate S'mores Brownies from Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Cracker Jack Candy from What Smells So Good?
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Wishing you delicious fun on Super Bowl Sunday and always!
The Ninja Baker
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