Hosting a Super Bowl party can be a lot of fun, but you know that guests will likely show up with traditional unhealthy game day appetizers. Healthy eating can be just as creative and tasty as traditional stadium fare. This year, save yourself from those fried chicken wings and greasy sliders by letting everyone know that you’ll be taking care of all of the cooking. These healthy appetizer recipes are so delicious, your football fans won’t even miss those soft pretzels and hot dogs.
Pine nut spicy spinach dipInstead of unhealthy cheesy nachos, whip up this tasty spinach dip recipe from Food & Wine to serve with toasted pita or crudites. Using nonfat Greek yogurt, this dip is only 99 calories and 1 gram of saturated fat per serving.
- 1 cup plain Greek nonfat yogurt
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 1/2 sweet onion, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon pure chili powder
- Dash of cayenne
- 10-ounce bag of frozen spinach, thawed.
Set paper towel-lined strainers over a bowl, scoop in Greek yogurt and let it stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. You will end up with 1/2 cup of the yogurt. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat the olive oil. Add pine nuts and onion and cook over high heat with constant stirring until the onion is softened and the pine nuts are golden, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add in the cumin, coriander, chile powder and cayenne while continuing to stir for 1 minute. Then scrape into bowl. Squeeze the spinach until very dry then chop it coarsely. Blend the spinach and yogurt into the onion mixture and enjoy!
Get your football fans riled up with a selection of healthy Super Bowl appetizers.
Marinated chicken kebabs
Replace those game day burgers and hot dogs with a healthier protein. Try out Men’s Fitness magazine’s recipe for chicken kebabs and serve them on skewers for all your Super Bowl guests to enjoy. This recipe serves four, so plan accordingly.
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 green pepper
- 1 red pepper
- 1 yellow pepper
- 1 onion
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 garlic clove, minced.
Slice the chicken breasts, peppers and onion into cubes that are one-inch by one-inch. Combine all of these with the vegetable oil, sugar, ginger, soy sauce and garlic clove in a small pan. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Then, slide the chicken, peppers and onions onto skewers. Heat your broiler and place rack in a shallow baking pan. Broil the skewers for 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until chicken is tender. Serve with a dipping sauce if desired!
Mini turkey burgers
Truth be told, it’s not a true football tailgate or viewing party without the sliders. However, you can still make healthy sliders! These mini turkey burgers with gorgonzola from Health magazine each have only 169 calories and 1.9 grams of saturated fat.
- 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey breast
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Cooking spray
- 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayo
- 2 tablespoons minced sweet gherkin pickle (about 2 small)
- 1/2 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
- 12 mini slider rolls
- Spinach leaves.
In a large bowl, combine the turkey breast, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add in the gorgonzola cheese and stir with a fork until well-combined. Divide the turkey mixture and create 12 patties that are each 1/4-inch thick. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Cook each patty for 2 minutes on each side. Cool patties to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap, then freeze until firm. Thaw turkey burgers overnight in the refrigerator before cooking.
On the day of the Super Bowl party, heat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray and place all 12 patties on top, covering with foil. Bake for 10 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the mayo, pickle and a dash of pepper. Spread a small teaspoon onto each roll, top with a turkey burger patty and spinach leaf. Serve warm and enjoy!
Mini turkey sliders are a healthy alternative to hot dogs and traditional burgers.
Every football party also needs a healthy serving of fries. Introduce your football fans to this creative twist on the classic side of French fries from Health magazine – they’ll be happy you did.
- 2 zucchinis
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- Vegetable cooking spray.
Heat your oven to 425 degrees. Cut each zucchini into sticks that are 3 inches thick. In a small bowl, whisk the egg white and add milk. In another bowl, combine the Parmesan and breadcrumbs. Dip each zucchini stick into the egg mixture, then into the cheese and breadcrumb bowl to coat. Lay each stick onto a large baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with your choice of dipping sauce and enjoy!