March Madness is over but we’re still down to the Final Four. Whether you’re cheering for the Gators, Huskies, Badgers or Wildcats, you’re in for a feast. Support the players by exploring the regional cuisines of the teams playing this weekend! Now isn’t that a convenient chow-down?
Forget the greasy food-fest and celebrate your team by making smarter (but still delicious) choices.
If you’re a Gator…
Florida is a melting pot of international cuisines. It has influences from Spain, South America, Asia and the Mediterranean. There’s an amazing emphasis on fresh ingredients, strong spices, seafood and poultry. Feast on items like jerk chicken with red beans and coconut rice or Arroz con Pollo with black beans and white rice. With complex flavors and whole ingredients, whatever you choose will be a crowd-pleaser.
For the Huskies…
New England fare is characterized by its use of fresh seafood in their menus. So if you’re cheering for Connecticut, fill your tables with shrimp, scallops, crab or go simple with fish and chips. Round out your menu with with seafood rice, a garden salad and some steamed vegetables for a satisfying and omega-3-rich meal everyone will enjoy. This is how you dine.
Now the Badgers…
Nothing gets more American than Wisconsin. The state is known for its cheeses; ranging from large factory to small-herd artisanally-made varieties, Wisconsin has cheese-making covered. Honor this amazing heritage and order in various cheese platters to pair with crackers, thinly sliced meats, mustards and fresh vegetable plates. For something heartier (and still native to the area), serve “bunless” bratwurst and sausages with spicy mustard and sauerkraut. Hungry yet?
And the Wildcats…
Southern food has the (delicious) reputation of serving up the best lip-smacking comfort food this side of the states. Enjoy it’s flavors guilt-free with just a few small changes. Honor Kentucky by ordering in trays of traditional fare like beef brisket, pulled pork, and grilled chicken. Pair these savory meats with grilled vegetables and oh-so-tempting sweet mashed potatoes. Just make sure to set aside the rolls and fried munchies for another day.
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Ashley Howe is a food enthusiast, a clean-eating blogger and a full-time chef to two little ones. When not experimenting in the kitchen, Ashley likes to seek out new foods and ways to make eating deliciously fun and accessible to everyone. You can find her recipes and tips at AshleyRightNow.wordpress.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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