As the days get shorter and the weekends slow down, it's time to take stock of your sports-watching food repertoire. Here are a few gems from our Recipe Finder to get you started for an afternoon of rooting on your team from the comforts of the couch.


WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Spiced Herbed Popcorn photographed in Washington, DC. Tableware from Crate and Barrel. Photo by Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

Herbed Popcorn. Featuring a hefty dose of dried herbs and a little cheesy factor from nutritional yeast. (Yes, you can sub in finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese if you like.)

WASHINGTON DC - JANUARY 24TH: Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip in a oval bowl with chips shot on January 24th, 2017 in Washington DC. (Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post)

Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip. This healthful upgrade on the classic dip uses Greek-style yogurt instead of sour cream.

Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls. With thin slices of roast beef, American cheese and truly caramelized onions. The onions take about 2 hours to cook on the stove (they freeze well and can be stored for up to a week in the refrigerator), so you may want to make a double batch to have on hand for the next go 'round (or for filling sandwiches, or for topping pizzas, or for stirring into yogurt to make a dip . . . should we go on?)

WASHINGTON, DC - Irresistible Wings photographed in Washington, DC. (Photo by Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post). (Deb Lindsey /For The Washington Post)

Irresistible Wings. So good they'll convert even the non wing-lover. (If you can find one.)

WASHINGTON, DC - Cauliflower and Apples With Thai Almond Butter Sauce photographed in Washington, DC. (Photo by Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post). (Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

Cauliflower and Apples With Thai Almond Butter Sauce. This is a favorite around here, with the dip's bright, bold flavors playing off crisp produce. If you don't have coconut aminos, use soy sauce; if you'd rather not find monk fruit extract, we're betting a few drops of agave nectar, maple syrup or honey would do the trick.


WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 15: Soft cheese tacos photographed in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 15, 2017. (Stacy Zarin Goldberg for the Washington Post)

Soft Cheese Tacos. These span the bridge between snack and main dish — make this recipe for the queso alone (but also try it as suggested, draped over soft corn tortillas filled with shredded cheese). Also know that leftover queso is quite tasty in baked mac and cheese.

Plate Lab Washington, DC-December 22: Frito Chile in the studio in Washington, DC on December 22, 2015 (Renee Comet for the Washington Post)

Meats and Foods Chili. This chili uses a roux for extra smoothness; serve it with corn chips on top or spooned over hot dogs or half-smokes.

WASHINGTON DC - APRIL 12: Vegan Chilli Mac in a bowl and garnished with green onion shot on April 12th, 2016 in Washington DC. (Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post)

Vegan Chili Mac. With a gooey cheese sauce that satisfies all.

Slow-Cooked South Carolina Pulled Pork. For that smoky pork flavor with the convenience of a slow cooker.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 29: Smoky Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili for 1/13 Weeknight Vegetarian. Tableware from Salt & Sundry (Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post)

Smoky Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili. A good one to make ahead, as the flavor improves after resting; it can be refrigerated for up to one week or frozen for up to three months.