Football Fare: Wings, Dip, Chili, Healthy?

By: Sara Levine

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Now that the Christmas ham and insane amounts of holiday cookies are behind us, it’s time to veg out and watch some football. We’ve been in the kitchen cooking up a storm since Thanksgiving, so when it comes to game-time fare for watching your favorite team compete in a bowl game, it's got to be quick, easy and feet-up-on-the-coffee-table casual...

Wings are non-negotiable, of course. But think outside the realm of classic hot wings with lip-smacking recipes from Cooking Channel chefs, like Roger Mooking’s peanut butter marinated version (forgo the noodle salad alongside if it’s too much effort and/or you don’t intend to use any utensils during the games). If you’re already kicking off a resolution to eat healthier in 2011, you can still indulge in Emeril’s fresh, fast oven-baked wings.

Another football spread staple: Dip. Take a break from the classic spinach-artichoke and try Giada’s bright and healthy spinach and cannellini bean spin. Pick your dipper: She serves with endive spears, crostini or pita chips. Ellie Krieger has a super-easy five-ingredient riff on seven-layer Mexican dip—so you can dig in without breaking that not-yet-official resolution.

If you’re willing to break out some spoons and bowls, whip up a big pot of chili. Rachael’s Argentine chili is packed with flavor thanks to chorizo and a chimichurri topping. Or keep it lighter with Emeril’s white-bean-and-turkey version or Aida's  simple, smoky option for vegetarians.

Now all you need are cold beers, a couch and a TV. Happy game day from Cooking Channel!

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