Game Day Appetizers

Our favorite sports season is coming to an end. The Super Bowl is coming up this Sunday and we love to celebrate as friends and family with a big Super Bowl party. Well, you can’t have a Super Bowl party without some tastebud kicking appetizers. If you want to create some beautiful, tasty, protein packed appetizers that will leave your guests begging for more….these are the apps you’re looking for.

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos

The Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeños are the perfect combination of satisfying comfort food with a the perfect kick of spicy while still meeting your low-carb lifestyle.

This recipe makes 20 stuffed jalapeños. Calories per serving: 112; Fat per serving: 9g; Carbs per serving: 2g; Protein per serving: 6g

  • 1/2 lb of mild Italian sausage
  • 10 jalapeños medium to large, sliced in 1/2 and cored, saving the core of 4-6 (depending how spicy you like it)
  • 1/4 onion diced
  • 1/4 cup of cooking sherry
  • 3 TBS almond flour
  • 4 oz of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of shredded sharp cheese
  • 20 strips of thin cut bacon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up. Cook Italian sausage in medium sized fry pan on medium heat. When cooked all the way through, add diced onion and diced jalapeño cores. Sauté another 4 min. Add cooking sherry, cook 2 minutes for reduction. Stir in almond flour. Add cream cheese and shredded cheese, stirring until well combined. Let cool to warm. Evenly divide filling between all 20 jalapeño halves. Wrap each jalapeño with bacon after it has been filled. Place stuffed jalapeños on lined baking sheet. Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until bacon is cooked all the way.

Bangin’ Shrimp

Bangin’ shrimp was created for a playoff football game 2 weeks ago, and has become a new family favorite. They were made as a test run and were such a hit that they were gone in less than 5 minutes with everyone wanting more. The sauce was phenomenal, and I am excited to use it as a new standard with some of my other recipes. I hope you love it as much as we do!


Makes 10-3.2 oz servings. Calories per serving: 104; Fat per serving: 2g; Carbs per serving: 2 g; Protein per serving: 18g.

  • 2 lbs of large peeled and divined shrimp
  • 1/8 onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 TBS serrano honey balsamic (found at specialty balsamic store or online at Milgiliore Olive Oil)
  • 1 TBS Coconut Secrets teriyaki
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Cover and marinate in refrigerator no longer than 2 hours. While marinating make the dipping sauce below.

Remove shrimp from the fridge. Preheat oven on broil at 500 degrees. Place on a lined baking sheet. Broil shrimp for 4-6 minutes or until pink on both sides. Drain juices and place in a serving bowl with tooth picks. You can also grill shrimp placed on metal skewers on medium to high heat for 4-6 minutes.

Dipping Sauce:

Makes about 12-1 TBS servings. Calories per servings: 65; Fat per serving: 7g; Carbs per serving: 1g; Protein per serving: 0g

  • 3 garlic cloves diced
  • 1.5 TBS Coconut Secrets teriyaki
  • 1/2 cup of mayo (preferably soy free)
  • 1 TBS lemon fresh juice
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

Whisk all ingredients in small bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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