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February 10, 2023

The Wellington Senior Living Cheer on the Teams While Enjoying Favorite Super Bowl Snacks

Category: Senior Living

Author: Cruz Meza, Culinary Director

It all started on January 15, 1967, when the Kansas City Chiefs from the American Football League played the Green Bay Packers from the National Football League. Until this point, the two leagues were separated and considered rivals. They competed for fans and players and didn’t care for each other much. In 1966, the decision was made to merge by 1970, and in 1967 the first Super Bowl was played. It wasn’t until after the game that Chiefs owner, Lamar Hunt, came up with the term “Super Bowl.”

With the invention of the wooden-sided station wagon in 1930 came along a rear folding tailgate. Fans drove the station wagon to college football games, using the tailgate as a picnic table of sorts, and tailgating was born. Once portable grills and coolers were invented in the 1950s, tailgating took on a whole new vibe. Cold beer and ribs replaced sandwiches and red wine. Then, in the 1970s, the car culture took hold and stadiums were relocated out of inner cities to the suburbs where there was ample parking, and the tailgating experience that we know today was cemented into our culture.

In honor of Super Bowl LVII, the culinary team here at The Wellington Senior Living will be celebrating the big day with a nacho bar, along with carrots and celery with ranch dressing. As Culinary Director I’ve prepared a lot of different items, but my favorite Super Bowl snack is carne asada tacos.

This recipe is marinated, thinly sliced flank steak in lemon juice, orange juice, vinegar, garlic, and fresh cilantro. My key ingredient is carne asada Sazon. Make sure the heat on the grill is hot. Cook the meat, chop it up, throw it in a corn tortilla, and top it with, salsa Verde, queso fresco, fresh cilantro, a fresh squeeze of lime, and enjoy.

Originating in Mexico, this is not really a snack, but more like a meal. The name carne asada literally translates to grilled meat. Carne asada boasts a long history with so many ranchers and cattlemen. In the 1500s beef became one of the most popular sources of protein across the country. Carne asada as we know today was created by grilling beef over a fire and then thinly slicing it.

If you’re in the area, stop by to celebrate the big game with us! And if you can’t make it, check out our social media pages to see the great snacks we made and the awesome time we had watching the game!

The Wellington Senior Living in Liberty, MO offers senior villas, independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Liberty Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Shoal Creek Golf Course, Historic Downtown Liberty, Stocksdale Park, and Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary.

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