Who’s excited for the Super Bowl?! I’ll admit, I’m not particularly invested in either team this year. But there are two things I am very excited about: halftime (fingers crossed, the Beyonce rumors are true) and the food.
If you are trying to eat healthfully and mindfully, Super Bowl parties can be intimidating. But a lot of the traditional party foods can be made healthfully without sacrificing flavor. Below is a roundup of 38 recipes that fit the bill. I focused on finger foods, dips, and dessert because those are what I gravitate towards when feeding a crowd. You could also make chili (for carnivores and vegans alike), enchiladas, or a taco bar if you prefer to have a more traditional entree. All recipes are gluten-free. Any labeled V are vegetarian, D are dairy-free, and VG are vegan. Add some veggies, chips (I like tortilla, veggie, and pita chips), and drinks and you are ready to party!
Chorizo Poppers (D) – These are always a hit
Pizza-Stuffed Peppers – Use mini bell peppers to make them bite-size
Pineapple Poppers (D) – The perfect combo of spicy and sweet
Stuffed Mushrooms (V) – This recipe takes under 30 minutes from start to finish and is super tasty
Pizza Roll-Ups (VG) – Very simple, flavorful pizza-flavored recipe
Gluten, Grain, and Garbage-Free Chick-fil-A Nuggets (D) – Better than the original
Buffalo Wings (D) – You can easily sub hot sauce, like Frank’s Red Hot, for the buffalo sauce
Chile Lime Chicken Wings (D) – If you prefer tangy and spicy to spicy hot
Pineapple Chicken Skewers (D) – Substitute the chicken for eggplant for a vegetarian version
Barbacoa Meatballs (D) – All the flavor of barbacoa without having to wait for it to simmer
Greek Meatballs – My absolute favorite meatball recipe
Eggplant Parm Bites (V) – Not the usual Super Bowl fare, but too delicious to leave off this list
Baked Parmesan Rosemary Chickpeas (V) – These need to made the same day. However, they only take 10 minutes to assemble and 40 minutes to bake. And they make your house smell delicious!
Parsnip Fries with Sriracha Dipping Sauce (VG) – Sriracha makes everything better
Sweet Potato Tater Tots (V) – A grown-up version of one of my favorite childhood foods
Southwestern Sweet Potato Fries (VG) – These are so good, I make them once a week
Cumin-roasted Carrots (VG) – Think of these as carrot fries; they pair well with the caramelized onion dip below
Parmesan Zucchini (V) – In a word, addictive
Baked Blooming Onion (VG) – Individual-sized blooming onion? Genius!
Spicy Popcorn (V) – If you have not tried popping your own popcorn, you’ll be surprised how simple it is
Rosemary Cashews (V, D) – Sweet, salty, and savory
Marinated Greek Olives (VG) – If you want to do a little more than pour the olives from a can into a dish
Caramelized Onion Dip (V) – A very simple, homemade version of onion dip packed with flavor
Guacamole (VG) – What’s a Super Bowl party without guac
Dairy-free Ranch Dressing (D, V) – Creamy, tangy, and seasoned with fresh herbs
Charred Tomatillo Salsa (VG) – So flavorful and easily made ahead of time
Spinach Artichoke Dip (VG) – A crowd-pleaser
Gaucamanoush (V) – A playful take on baba ganoush swaps mayo for avocado. It’s silky, smoky, and addicting!
Roasted Red Pepper Dip (V) – Good with chips, veggies, or even on top of grilled chicken
Lemony White Bean Dip (V) – Similar to hummus, but with cannellini beans instead of chickpeas. That swap makes this dip just as smooth as store-bought hummus
Dairy-free Veggie Dip (V) – A tasty way to sneak in more veggies
Sour Strawberry Gummies (V) – I usually make these with thawed frozen strawberries; they remind me of Sour Patch Kids
Sweet Potato Brownies (V) – So, so good!
No-bake Brownies (VG) – If you want to save time, leave out the frosting. They still taste amazing
Chocolate Covered Strawberries (D, V) – Too darn cute
Chunk Monkey Muffins (V) – Banana, walnuts, chocolate… what’s not to love
Salted Chocolate Pears (D, V) – Almost too simple to call a recipe
Coconut Macaroons (D, V) – Sub maple syrup for honey to make these vegan
What are you making for the Super Bowl? Share your recipes in the comments below!