From Table to Touchdown

Whether you’re a fan or not, the Super Bowl is an event that can be embraced by all. If the game or commercials don’t already draw you in, we’re betting you’d at least do the wave for the right spread of food.

With our help, you can be the Most Valuable Chef of any party you attend, and ensure you’ll never miss an invite again.

Game Day Chili

With just 6 ingredients on your team, this chili is guaranteed to earn playing time.SB_chili

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 package of Chili Seasoning Mix
  • 1 can of baked beans, drained
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato sauce

1st down: Cook ground beef and onion in large skillet on medium-high heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain fat.
2nd down: Stir in Seasoning Mix and remaining ingredients. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3rd down: Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream and chopped onion, if desired.

Touchdown-worthy tip: To make your game day a little less fatty without your players knowing, use lean ground beef or turkey, or even substitute baked beans for kidney beans.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

It’s all the delicious taste of buffalo wings without the leftover bones and mess.

  • 1 package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup of buffalo wing sauce
  • 1/2 cup bleu cheese or ranch dressing
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese or your favorite shredded cheese

1st down: Preheat oven to 350°F.
2nd down: Combine all ingredients in a 1-quart baking dish.
3rd down: Bake 20 min. or until mixture is heated through; stir.

Fan Favorite Food: You will not be penalized for serving this dip with celery sticks. As a healthier option, you can substitute in fat free cream cheese and ranch.

Touchdown Tacos

An all-American favorite. Choosing “hot” seasoning will give this dish a spicy kickoff. SB_tacos

  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1 package of hot taco seasoning
  • 1 package of shredded lettuce
  • 1 package of hard or soft tortilla shells
  • 1 bag of shredded cheese
  • 1 can of olives
  • 1 jar of salsa
  • 1 can of sour cream

1st down: Cook ground beef in large skillet on medium-high heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain fat.
2nd down: Stir in Seasoning Mix and remaining ingredients. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3rd down: Warm tortilla shells in microwave for 30 seconds. Add toppings as desired.

2 Point Conversion: Serving a large crowd? You will likely score 2 points for this mini taco conversion. Line a mini muffin tin with pieces of soft tortilla shell and top with beef, seasoning and cheese. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese melts. This nifty little dish will save you dirty dishes, and messy tacos now become a simple finger food.

Pizza Pinwheels

Prepare something delicious that’ll keep your fans fueled for the whole game.

  • 1 8oz can of crescent roll dough
  • 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package of pepperoni
  • 1 14oz can of pizza sauce

1st down: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a baking sheet, combine the 8 crescent roll triangles into four rectangles.
2nd down: Layer each with your desired amount of cheese and pepperoni. Roll tight lengthwise.
3rd down: Cut each into 4 additional pieces. Bake in oven for about 12 minutes or till golden brown. Service with pizza sauce for dipping.

No Flag on This Play: It’s okay to take a timeout to give your team a healthy boost of energy. For a healthy alternative, use fat free dough, fat free cheese, and turkey pepperoni, which has 70% less fat.

End Zone Wraps

  • 12 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 head of lettuce
  • 1 (6 ounce) package sliced deli-style turkey
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 cups minced tomato

1st down: Spread cream cheese evenly on tortillas. Top with lettuce leaves.
2nd down: Arrange the turkey in even layers on top of the lettuce. Add carrots and tomatoes over the turkey.
3rd down: Roll into wrap. Cut diagonally into desired size. Secure with toothpick.

Quarterback Sneak:Score with a trick play no one will notice! Use whole wheat tortillas instead of flour, fat free cream cheese, romaine lettuce instead of iceberg lettuce, and unsalted minced tomatoes.

Hail Mary

As the halftime show begins, everyone will want to huddle around the kitchen for this Super Bowl worthy drink.Bloody Mary Coctail with celery stalk and pitcher.

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 3 ounces tomato juice
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 drops Tabasco sauce
  • pepper
  • salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon prepared horseradish (optional)

1st down: Add ice to glass
2nd down: Mix vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, salt, pepper, celery salt and horseradish and pour in glass.
3rd down: garnish with lemon, lime wedge, celery stalk or green olives.

gooihealth Hint: Substitute the Bloody Mary for good ol’ fashioned H2O.

With these fierce game-day recipes, you’ll be ready to tackle any party that comes your way.

Could Science Explain Your Favorite Songs?

Today’s post was written by Kaci Young, intern at Mygooi.

Remember that song you listened to 50 times a day for a week straight? The one that when it came on the radio, you couldn’t help but immediately break out your embarrassing dance moves or aim for the notes you should’ve left unsung. We’re talking about the songs you still somehow know all the words to years later.

A good song is more than just a catchy jingle and solid lyrics; some argue that science can explain what makes a good tune stick.

According to a CNET study combining science and technology, subjects were recruited to play a game measuring how long it took people to remember the name or chorus of up to 1,000 popular songs dating back several years.

Another study by UpVenue explains that there might be 4 key factors that extremely catchy songs have in common. They contain detailed musical phrases, pitch changes in the chorus, male singers, and songs where male voices were uniquely high in range. Good or bad, we still can’t get those songs out of our heads!

So what do we do with this information? Our very own Agents of goo spent hours researching our top 15 most-annoyingly catchy songs too.

#15 “Blue” –Eiffel 65

No, not the color blue! The one about the guy that lives in a blue world all day and all night, and everything he sees is just blue like him inside and outside. The guy with the blue house, the blue little window, and the blue corvette because he ain’t got nobody to listen to. Remember? Duh.

#14 “Mickey” –Toni Basil

We’re not talking about Mickey Mouse here. We are talking about the one crush you had back in your high school days. Yes, his name was Mickey. You remember because he was oh-so-fine that he blew your mind!

#13 U Can’t Touch This –MC Hammer

The perfect song when you feel on top of the world because of your fresh new kicks. It perfectly describes the unstoppable feeling you get when – and what else can we say but – no one can touch this! He’s been blessed with a mind to rhyme.

#12 “Witch Doctor” –Cartoons

What’s the magic word? No, not abra cadabra or open sesame. It’s ooh eeh ooh ah aah ting tang… walla walla bing bang. So, try that when you’re locked out of your house, casting a spell on your worst enemy, or fighting off a wicked sorcerer.

#11 “Livin’ La Vida Loca” –Ricky Martin

Let’s all follow the girl that’s living the crazy life, because who doesn’t to be admired by Ricky Martin??

#10 “Baby One More Time” –Britney Spears

Fighting with your boyfriend? Going through a breakup with unresolved feelings? Britney says it all for you.

#9 “Beat It” –Michael Jackson

We love this gooi classic! We dare you to try out some of Michael’s sweet moves, and then share with us on Facebook!

#8 “Barbie Girl” -Aqua

That one song you never fully really realized what the lyrics actually meant… Oh well, no one really likes Barbie anyway. Good thing it’s only a phase!

#7 “Macarena” – Los Del Rio

C’mon, you couldn’t forget the dance if you wanted to!

#6 “We Are The Champions” –Queen

What did you win when you sang this? We hope it was a million dollars and that you’re feeling generous.

#5 “YMCA” – Village People

Now that you’re done with the Macarena, keep workin’ it at the YMCA. Move those arms!

#4 “Livin’ On A Prayer –Bon Jovi

PREACH. We all have those moments.

#3 “Eye of The Tiger” –Survivor

We just can’t help our feet from tapping or walking with a little edge in our step when we hear this song.

#2 “Mambo N0. 5” –Lou Bega

We’re not judging, but that’s a lot of women!

#1 “Wannabe” –Spice Girls

Ladies, did you ever have a sleepover where you watched the movie and then danced and sang to this song? For all you men out there, don’t be ashamed if you did too.

WARNING: THIS VIDEO MAY CAUSE EXTENSIVE LISTENING, ENDLESS TAPPING OF THE FINGERS OR FOOT, EMBARRASSING DANCING, AND HUMILIATING SINGING.

Your Holiday Work Party Unwrapped

Staying Healthy in the Midst of Holiday Parties is Piece of Cake

‘Tis the season for holiday parties at the office! While these events are great for getting to know your coworkers outside of emails and away from the copy machine, they are also a death trap for whatever is left of your summer diet. Staying healthy over the holidays can be a challenge, here’s help.

Potlucks are filled with unhealthy snacks. But they’re so delicious that even we Agents of Goo fall victim to their temptations! So what would it take to counteract the unwanted results from these popular goodies? We’ve compiled a list of party food recipes common over here in the States, and the ways you can look out for your health and shed some of the extra weight without feeling too much of a burn.

  1. Chewy Sugar Cookies – Gale Gand

    What’s a holiday party without sugar cookies? This recipe is hard to avoid with the combination of easy preparation and a perfectly soft end-result. Have you eaten one (or two, or three…) too many? Build a giant snowman to burn off those extra sugars!

  2. Scotcharoos – allrecipes.com

    Scotcharoos have to be one of my favorite party treats of all time. Consequently, I hear them calling my name at a party and end up eating too many of them. If you have the same problem that I do, play a game of ice or roller hockey to combat the calories.

  3. Buffet Meatballs – Taste of Home

    Whether they’re meatballs or little smokies, these hors d’oeuvres are practically guaranteed to be at every holiday party you attend. And why wouldn’t they be? They’re super easy to make (and you already learned how much I love my slow cooker). However, it’s easy to fill your plate with these deceiving little guys – and when a serving of only three meatballs is 160+ calories, you’re looking at a quick way to rack up your caloric intake. But no need to fret, you can burn some of that off by playing a game of basketball.

  4. Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip – Alton Brown

    Serve this delicious appetizer with a warm baguette and your coworkers will thank you. The ooey goodness of this dip makes it nearly impossible to keep from inhaling the whole dish. Scrub, vacuum, and declutter your way back to your pre-Spin Dip weight. While you’re at it, spread some holiday cheer by donating your unused clothes and household items to a local charity.

  5. Buffalo Chicken Dip – Claire Robinson

    This is another dip that is a must-have at parties. The buffalo sauce brings the perfect amount of heat and is balanced by the cream cheese and bleu cheese. If you’re like me and have had more scoops than you should, get active by having a snowball fight with your family.

  6. Outrageous Brownies – Ina Garten

    A party isn’t a party without brownies! While they may not be everyone’s kryptonite, the fudgey goodness is certainly dangerous to my (attempted) healthy diet. A winter hike may be the answer should you devour a few too many.

  7. Chex® Muddy Buddies® – Betty Crocker

    Muddy Buddies, Puppy Chow, whatever you choose to call it, is addictive! Who could resist the combination of peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar? It’s easy to lose track of how many handfuls you’ve had of this delicious snack. To counteract the adverse effects, grab a friend and go ice skating at your local rink.

  8. Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Sprinkles – Paula Deen

    You are bound to see some of these goodies this holiday season. Chocolate covered pretzels are a quick dessert and make for an easy small gift for those extra people on your list! With the perfect balance of sweet and salty, you may find yourself reaching for a few more. Keep the fun going while working off some of those extra calories: turn on the Nintendo Wii and go virtual skiing.