30 Healthy Super Bowl Recipes That Score Big
The 2021 Super Bowl is right around the corner, so naturally we're already knee-deep in making a 'game plan' for what we'll be sipping, serving, and snacking on at our own viewing party (your pod only, outdoors, and socially distant, please!). To save your sanity come Sunday February 7, we highly recommend you do the same.
And while we love spicy chicken wings, queso dip, and chili covered in cheddar just as much as the next football fan, we don't love falling into a food coma during the halftime show (it's the best part!). Save yourself from the involuntary shuteye—and heavy food hangover—by donating part of your plate to one of these healthy Super Bowl recipes. From Chickpea and Quinoa Tortilla Soup and a Cranberry Lemon Spritz to Green Chile Enchiladas and Cheesy Broiled Sweet Potatoes, we promise they're all worth cheering for.
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Labneh With Pink Peppercorns, Coriander, and Fennel Seeds
This classic Mediterranean appetizer is also an easy make-ahead recipe so you have less to worry about come game day. The creamy dip, made by straining whole-milk yogurt overnight, pairs great with crudités or toast. Put some hummus next to it, and your guests have got themselves a little dip tasting.
Vegan Queso Dip
The velvety smooth texture of this queso comes from cashew cream, which is made from mixing cashews with water and whirling them together in a blender—no cheese, milk, or cream needed. To kick your dip up a notch, add an extra chili pepper (for spice) or a sprinkle of nutritional yeast (for umami). Use it as a dip for tortilla chips or nachos on Super Bowl Sunday, or drizzle it over the green chile enchiladas on the next slide.
Green Chile Enchiladas
Is it even Super Bowl Sunday if you don't serve enchiladas? This vegetarian version packs plenty of protein, thanks to the corn tortillas, cumin-spiced vegetables, and black beans. Serve with chips and guacamole for a definite game day win.
Soy-Simmered Squash With Miso Hummus
A high-heat sear followed by a savory simmer makes this golden-hued kabocha squash sweet and tender. Upgrade your favorite store-bought hummus with a dollop of miso. Can't find kabocha squash? No problem—swap it with acorn instead.
Quick Broiled Eggplant Dip
The broiler mimics the direct, searing heat of a grill, so ingredients like eggplant get a charred, smoky flavor while the insides stay soft. For optimal browning, place the rack 4 inches (for an electric oil) or 6 inches (for a gas flame) from the heat source. Serve the dip with a variety of veggies.
Glazed Brussels Sprouts on Olive-Oil Fried Bread
Banish Brussels sprouts’ excessively pious reputation by frying them in a hot skillet until crispy. Then let them soften in a zesty flavor bomb of pomegranate juice and balsamic vinegar before showering them with toasted hazelnuts.
These oven-baked chickpeas are good enough to literally eat by the handful. If you want to be any fancier than that, you can use them to dress up soups, salads, and grain bowls.
Crispy Mushroom Reuben Sandwiches
While we won't go so far as to call these ooey-gooey melted cheese sandwiches "healthy," we can certainly confirm that they're packed with nutrient-rich mushrooms (a much healthier option than corned beef) and gut-friendly sauerkraut—plus they're a delicious option for vegetarian football fans.
Carrot and Red Lentil Soup
Great soups don't have to be doused with heavy cream to be deeply delicious and satisfying. Case in point: This simple lentil soup, which is enticingly aromatic thanks to spices and fresh ginger. The key to building rich vegetable flavor is giving the carrots and shallots enough time to release water before adding the cumin, turmeric, and ginger. Coconut milk adds both creaminess and silky body, resulting in a jewel-toned soup that tastes as vibrant as it looks.
Feta and White Bean Dip With Pomegranate Seeds
Pomegranate seeds are high in fiber and potassium, but the crimson color and the sweet-tart flavor are the real draws. A ripe pomegranate should feel heavy in your hand, since its seeds are loaded with juice. They add a sweet pop to this creamy bean dip, which is drizzled with olive oil before serving.
Chickpea and Quinoa Tortilla Soup
This Mexican favorite won’t disappoint. The vegetarian soup features good-for-you ingredients like quinoa and chickpeas, has big, bold flavors, and comes together in just 25 minutes. Serve the soup with an array of tasting toppings, like cilantro, chopped avocado, grated cheddar, lime wedges, and crushed tortilla chips.
Mushroom and Goat Cheese Pizza
Mushroom pizza is made more interesting with quirky, yet easy-to-find varieties, like king oyster, enoki, and maitake. Store-bought pizza dough cuts down on prep time, and goat cheese adds a delightfully creamy tang. Finish the pizza with a drizzle of chili oil, then top with parsley right before serving.
Spiced Carrot Salad
Shredded carrots get tossed with a warm oil infused with garlic and cumin and a bit of spice from crushed red pepper. Pick up a bunch of carrots with the greens still attached and use the tender leaves to add a peppery layer of flavor. Goes great with just about any protein, but give it a go with lamb meatballs.
Cranberry Lemon Spritz
It wouldn't be game day without so festive drink options, and this cranberry spritz cocktail checks all the boxes. It's fruity and refreshing without being overly sweet—and who knows, maybe it even matches your favorite team.
Carrot Soup With Candied Almonds
This carrot soup recipe will give your guests something to remember long after the game is over. The goat cheese toast and rosemary candied almonds make for the perfect finishing touch on top of the cooked carrots.
Cheesy Roasted Sweet Potatoes
These sweet potatoes wedges are topped with two varieties of gooey cheese, creating a balanced blend of sweet and savory. Plus, they cook in under 30 minutes, and require just four ingredients. They're so good, in fact, you may want to double the recipe—they'll likely be gobbled up that quickly.
Pressed for time before your guests arrive? Whip up homemade hummus in minutes with canned chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, and spices.
Fish Tacos With Green Apple Guacamole
When you serve up these fish tacos to your Super Bowl crowd, add diced apple to guacamole for extra crunch and a distinctive tartness.
Marshmallow Popcorn Bars
Just because it's dessert doesn't mean it has to be super unhealthy. Try making this whole-grain sweet treat in minutes on Super Bowl Sunday with freshly popped popcorn and marshmallows.
This hearty dish is flavored with molasses, apple cider vinegar, mustard, and salt pork. Serve it as a side dish or on its own during the Super Bowl.
After whipping up this healthy Super Bowl recipe, serve the zippy dip with chips, quesadillas, or tacos.
Spicy Black Beans and Avocado Canapés
Not only is this game day appetizer one of the easiest recipes on the list, it's also an elegant snack when pre-portioned out in scoop-able tortilla chips.
Sure, salsa is expected. But what's unexpected about this recipe are the cucumbers and radishes that add extra crunch and flavor to the fresh salsa.
Peanut Butter, Celery, and Raisin Sandwich
Put this classic snack in a sandwich for a game day treat that kids–and adults–of all ages will love. It's the ultimate crowd-pleaser when it comes to healthy Super Bowl recipes.
Buttered Nuts With Rosemary and Orange
This recipe brightens up the classic sweet-and-salty nut mix with fresh rosemary and orange zest. The bar-style snack definitely will not go unnoticed by the beer drinkers at your Super Bowl party.
Curried Yogurt Dip
Transform plain Greek yogurt into a luscious dip with ground cumin and lime juice for a healthy Super Bowl recipe no one will be able to resist.
Feta and Sun-Dried Tomato Dip
Stir Feta cheese, Greek yogurt, olive oil, and sun-dried tomatoes together for another tasty Mediterranean-inspired dip. Can you ever have too many dips at a Super Bowl party?
Grilled Vegetable Salsa
Grilled bell peppers and onions add smokiness and texture to store-bought salsa, making this a healthy snack that you can jazz up with minimal effort.
Thick Greek yogurt gives this dip richness without all the fat of sour cream so you can enjoy indulging in the dish without any of the guilt.
Love spinach dip? Lighten it up for your Super Bowl gathering with low-fat Greek yogurt and pesto for an extra flavor boost.