The big game is coming up, and since Super Bowl 50 just happens to be in San Francisco, I’m seeing a lot of buzz about it. Athletes and celebrities are everywhere for this football event, and there are so many activities happening up until the big day, but the only activity I’m participating in is cooking healthy recipes for Super Bowl! However, no matter where Super Bowl is each year, one of the biggest questions for me is not “Which team will win?”, but instead, “What will we eat?” It’s not difficult to have a healthy spread, and believe me, your biggest football fans won’t even miss a play while taking a bite of your healthy dishes. Here is my roundup of what food every Super Bowl party should have- on the healthy tip of course!
This popular dish featured on sampler platters and kids menus is usually fried, but when you bake the chicken, you get just as much crunch and less fat. You can try my Baked Spicy Chicken Tenderloins, or for something kid-friendly, try my Whole Grain Baked Chicken Nuggets. Either one is a great choice for adults and kids alike, and it prevents you from having to break out the frying oil before the big game.
Seafood is always one to wow a crowd, and you can even wow yourself by preparing seafood dishes that don’t require any cooking. Ceviches and poke are delicious dishes that use raw seafood, but the acids from the lime “cook” the fish or shrimp without any heat. Try out the Shrimp Ceviche or the Salmon Ceviche for some Latin flavors, or for some island style, the Salmon Poke with Avocado and Seaweed Salad is great to serve portioned out in small cups.
Tacos should be at EVERY party, but these are a perfect dish for Super Bowl because they can pack so much flavor and nutrients without much effort. All you have to do is set up a taco bar with a few different choices of fillings and condiments and allow your guests to pick and choose the kind of taco they want to build. My Turkey Tacos are enough to fill up the hungriest stomachs, but you can also go the fancy route with Fish Tacos or the Mahi Mahi Tacos with Pineapple Sauce. For the vegetarians, the Portobello Mushroom Tacos with Spicy Coleslaw will probably be something even your meat-lovers will try!
It’s not a Super Bowl party unless the grill is out! Kabobs are a no-brainer while watching football. It’s a great grab-and-go dish that doesn’t require any plates- plus it’s always fun to eat food off of a stick! The Tequila Lime Steak Kabobs go great with grilled vegetables, and if you like that flavor, the Tequila Lime Shrimp Kabobs are just as good. Don’t want to open the tequila bottle? Then try the Grilled Cajun Lime Mahi Mahi. Kabobs are also a good protein for tacos too!
What healthy recipes for Super Bowl will you be making?