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Gameday tailgating at home

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If you would have asked me a couple years ago if I liked football, you would have gotten a big fat “nope” from me. Ask me now, and my answer is very different. You can thank my husband for that ;). He is the reason I now appreciate football season. I’ve always enjoyed watching the Superbowl, or rooting for our favorite college team, but on a regular, that took years getting used to. Now, whenever I do watch a game, I’m right there next to him on the couch yelling at the TV. So weird. But soooooo fun.

It has grown on me so much in fact, that while my husband was at the season opener last Monday, I was at home watching the game on TV. We were texting each other back and forth for the first half of the game until I realized I hadn’t made dinner yet. Yikes! I had to think of something quick to make since it was past our dinner time and almost bath time for the kiddos. We ended up having sandwiches and fruit for dinner that night.

This got me thinking that I should probably have something on hand in the freezer for days like this when I just want to sit and watch a game with my husband. So, on my next trip to Walmart, I made my way to the frozen food aisles and picked up a Freschetta® Naturally Rising Signature Pepperoni Pizza, as well as a 4-cheese medley pizza to take home for Thursday’s game.

Grilled Seasoned Veggie Kabobs with Freschetta Pizza 12While I was there I also grabbed an Edwards pie for dessert…

Grilled Seasoned Veggie Kabobs with Freschetta Pizza 10as well as a few veggies to grill as a side dish.

Grilled Seasoned Veggie Kabobs with Freschetta Pizza 1.2Grilled vegetables are the best kind of vegetables in my opinion. All it takes is a few seasonings, a little olive oil, skewers, and your set to grill some tasty veggies. My personal favorites are zucchini and mushrooms.

Grilled Seasoned Veggie Kabobs with Freschetta Pizza 2.2The seasonings are always different. Sometimes all I use to season the vegetables is salt, but being the experimental foodie that I am, I tend to change it up a little. This time I used 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, and 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil to make a wet rub.

Grilled Seasoned Veggie Kabobs with Freschetta Pizza 3.2If you’re making this at home, once you’ve made the wet rub, wash and cut the vegetables in 3/4″ size pieces. You want them to be thick so that they don’t break easily when you thread them through the skewers.

Grilled Seasoned Veggie Kabobs with Freschetta Pizza 4.2Thread each piece one by one, holding it firmly on whichever side you start on. Take your time so you don’t poke yourself with the skewer.

Grilled Seasoned Veggie Kabobs with Freschetta Pizza 5.2Use a basting brush to spread the wet rub on one side of the kabobs. Lightly drizzle a little bit more olive oil over them and use the basting brush to help spread the wet rub a little more. Don’t worry if you missed a few pieces. As long as one side was seasoned, they will still come out tasting good.

Set them aside and preheat your oven according to the pizza package instructions. When the oven is ready, start baking the pizza.

Grilled Seasoned Veggie Kabobs with Freschetta Pizza 6.2Warm up the grill on medium-high heat. Cook the veggie kabobs for 8-10 minutes. Flip them over often so they don’t burn. Return them to the same plate or tray to reuse the leftover rub on them.

Grilled Seasoned Veggie Kabobs with Freschetta Pizza 9.2In less than 25 minutes, dinner is done and we’re tailgating at home.

With very few dirty dishes might I add ;). And plenty of time to relax and enjoy the game.

These pizzas were such a great idea to have ahead of time. What I loved about them is that they are made without chemical leaveners, and use only natural yeast to create a crust that is like freshly baked bread.

The toppings were equally satisfying. A hearty tomato sauce, 100% real cheese, and high quality meat. Simply made better to taste better.

Right now is a good time to try them out for yourself during the Tailgate at Your Place SweepstakesFind the Freschetta products with on-pack promo and enter the code on your box in the link I’ve provided above to see if you won.

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Grilled Seasoned Veggie Kabobs with Freschetta Pizza 11Wouldn’t it be great to win one of those grand prizes?! Doesn’t hurt to try ;).

Plus, tailgating at home is so much more fun when you don’t have to deal with the traffic.

Don’t you think?