Seems the lead up to every big sporting event in this country is accompanied by an endless stream of newspaper and magazine features about game day eats. But with the biggest games of all set to launch today with the Opening Ceremonies in London, I’ve been surprised by the lack of inspiration around Olympic-themed get togethers. This is exciting stuff — worth gathering family and friends around the telly (as they say in England) for some good, old-fashioned national pride. Themed eats are in order, people!

So I thought I’d share a line-up of recipes worthy of game day dining. They’re easy to make, tasty, and and unlike typical sports events fare, most are healthy enough to fuel an athlete.

You’ll need some veggies and dip to start: Healthier Homemade Ranch

….and some popcorn, of course: DIY Microwave Popcorn

Homemade pizza beats speed dialing Dominos: Easiest, Best Pizza Ever

Or a 15-minute pizza: Prosciutto Arugula Lavash Pie

And since the games are in England, crispy fish seems in order: Fishwich Sliders with Tartar Sauce

Tex Mex is always fun: A Healthier Walking Taco

The slow cooker could come in handy: Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Apple Cabbage Slaw

For a crowd?: Chili-Topped Sweet Potatoes

And something sweet: Whole Lotta Love Bars

I’d love to hear what you’ve got cooking for the Olympics.

Let the games begin!

P.S. I’ll be announcing the winner of the Perfect Pops giveaway next Monday, along with a recipe for a very grown up ice pop.

~popcorn photo by Amy Atlas

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  1. Stephanie
    07.27.2012 at 7:20 AM #

    We are serving (nitrate-free, turkey) hot dogs and mashed potatoes and calling it “bangers and mash.” For the kids we have buns. Appetizers are some English cheeses (Cottswald, etc.). Dessert is Apple Pie.

    • katiemorford
      07.27.2012 at 7:25 AM #

      Love it! I’m crazy for a theme.

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