For sure this summer I will be hosting one soccer party, hopefully, more.
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At home, we could not be happier. This summer is the biggest global soccer championship! As I have told you many times, my three children play soccer. I spend my days driving from one soccer field to the other, from one soccer practice to another, and during the weekends I watch a minimum of 3 soccer games.
I love it; I love soccer, I love watching my kids play but most of all I love watching them leave the field with a huge smile on their face.
This year, as the world celebrates soccer, we are the most excited about the soccer party we are hosting during the summer. Not sure if it is going to be just one soccer party. My kids have requested one each time Mexico plays. The truth is that I’m always happy to host and I’ve gotten pretty good at it. Here is how I organize myself to host successful parties:
- First I make a list of the food I want to serve depending on the time, the day and theme of the party. For this gathering, SOCCER is the theme, but also Mexico. So the decoration and food were made with my country in mind.
- Then I try to shop at stores that have EVERYTHING I need: Cost Plus World Market Katy, is my favorite.
- When I get home… I put everything on the table and check if I have everything I need. I also like to see how the table will look, I like to see everything together. It also helps to set my cooking game plan.
I love going to the Cost Plus World Market. In only one stop I get everything I need; from food to tablecloths, to napkins, plates, and glasses. It also inspires me to serve things differently, to try new flavors from another country or to decorate the table with new objects. For example, I made these almonds with the ground chili ancho, the maple syrup, and the avocado oil. I got all of these ingredients at Cost Plus World Market. Amazing, right??? I’m telling you, I buy EVERYTHING there. I even got these cute small glasses where I decided to serve the almonds. They look nice, right?
These nachos that my kids love are super easy to prepare and to eat . The only “must” is to buy good chips. The chips that I like the best are organic, and without GMO’s, I use the Late July brand. And, yes, I also bought them at Cost Plus World Market.
I prepared them with avocado, cilantro, a bit of sauce and pickled onions. But I always serve more toppings on the side so my guests can finish off their nachos as they wish. This makes everybody happy!
To drink, I made sangria with hibiscus tea, apple, grapes and orange and red wine. I also filled a water dispenser with spring water and added some lemon and cucumber slices. I bought the water dispenser and the giant cookie jar where I prepared the sangría in Cost Plus World Market.
This was the official “warm-up party” of all the soccer parties to come. We are excited and with our fingers crossed routing for Mexico. We want to see our team in the finals. If this doesn’t happen, I’ll go to Cost Plus World Market and buy decoration and food from the country leading the championship. I know they have products from ALL over the world.
So here are the recipes for the
I made for my kids and loved ones. Remember that the most important thing is to enjoy our time together and have a good time.
ALMONDS WITH MAPLE SYRUP AND GROUND CHILI ANCHO
- 2 cups of whole and unroasted almonds
- 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon of chile ancho powder
- Pinch of sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
- In a small bowl mix the maple syrup, oil, lemon juice, chili powder and sea salt. Mix well.
- Prepare a baking tray with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Put the almonds and pour the mixture on top. Mix well until the almonds are well covered.
- Put the almonds in the oven for 25 minutes. Then move them around and return to the oven for five more minutes.
- Remove from the oven, let them cool and serve.
EASY BACKED NACHOS
- 1 11 oz. bag of purple corn chips
- 2 cups grated cheese
- 11/2 cup or 1 can cooked beans drained
- 2 avocados sliced
- chopped cilantro
- Pickled jalapeno peppers
- Pickled red onion
- hot sauce
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- In a baking tray prepared with parchment paper or a silicone mat add the bag of corn chips. Sprinkle the cheese over and top with the cooked beans.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
- Remove from the oven and finish with avocado slices, the chopped cilantro, jalapeño peppers, pickled red onion, and hot sauce.
SANGRIA WITH HIBISCUS
- 1 bottle of red wine of your choice
- 1 cup of concentrated hibiscus tea
- 2 -4 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 cup of carbonated water
- 1 apple thinly sliced
- 1 orange thinly sliced
- 1 cup of seedless grapes
- 1 peach or nectarine thinly sliced
- In a large bottle or jar put all the ingredients and mix well.
- The fruit can be chopped or sliced.
chipotle lentil dip
- 1 cup dried green lentils
- 21/2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves chopped
- ¼ cup chopped white onion
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste or tomato puree
- ½ teaspoon chipotle chile powder
- 1 teaspoon cashew cream or vegan mayonnaise
- Pinch of salt
- Chopped cilantro
- Lemon juice
- In a pot with a lid add the lentils with the water to cook. When they are soft, drain and set aside.
- In a pan add the olive oil, onion, and garlic and leave for three minutes or until the onion looks translucent. Add the tomato paste and let it cook for three more minutes.
- Add lentils, chipotle chili powder, and salt. Leave for three more minutes, turn off the heat and add the cream or mayonnaise.
- Finish with chopped cilantro on top and a little lemon juice.
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