What a way to end the season! Shock. Awe. Disappointment. It was all there. Kansas City really battled it out against New England, only to have Burkhead score the winning touchdown in overtime . . . so very sad. And don’t get me started on the Rams vs. Saints game . . . I’m hoping we don’t see those refs for a very long time (just saying).
So, as the Patriots head off to Atlanta for a showdown against the Rams, it’s time to talk about the winning menu. While most parties will consist of chips and dip, pizza, and nachos overloaded with melted cheese – you know, your typical game day grub – you, my friends, will be the talk of the town with these ten amazingly delicious recipes that not only reek of flavor and goodness, but are actually very healthy – which scores very high for those who have resolved to eating healthy this new year.
Since all these recipes can be made ahead of time, all that’s left for you to do on game day is to sit back, grab a beer or glass of wine, and watch New England take down the Rams (just kidding) as you enjoy the delectable spread you prepared, worthy of three Michelin stars.
Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins Sweet and spicy, and stuffed with a delicious blend of chicken, spinach, chipotle peppers, and smothered in melted cheese, these are sure to be a game-day favorite for years to come. (Recipe: Half-Baked Harvest).
Baked Sweet Potato Chips A healthy alternative to store-bought chips that are high in saturated fat, these tasty, easy-to-make snacks go well with the homemade guacamole recipe below. (Recipe: WishfulChef).
Mini Taco Cups Made with wonton wrappers and turkey meat, and topped with diced tomatoes and Greek yogurt, these appetizers are sure to please even the most discerning palette. (Recipe: RecipeRunner)
Crispy Baked Honey BBQ Chicken Wings (They’re actually very healthy!) Bet you ruled out wings when you read the word “healthy”. Right? What would game-day be without chicken wings? That’s like peanut butter without jelly, mac without cheese. Unheard of! These baked wings are no exception. Smothered in sweet & spicy honey BBQ sauce, the flawless crispy texture makes these a definite crowd pleaser. (Recipe: Joyful Healthy Eats)
Chipotle Chocolate Chicken Chili Spicy chilies and sweet chocolate add to the superabundant taste of this scrumptious recipe, making it your new go-to, life-of-the-party treat. (Recipe: MadefromChocolate.com)
Healthy Twice Baked Vegan Sweet Potato Skins These protein-packed, spicy delights are so good you’ll forget about their greasy, fatty counterparts. (Recipe: Veggies Don’t Bite)
Spicy Homemade Guacamole Dip Rock your guac with this new twist to traditional guacamole. The chipotle peppers and cayenne pepper really give this dish a kick. Use it as a dip with the Sweet Potato Chips recipe above, or side it with pita bread. No matter how you eat this, your guests are gonna thank you. (Recipe: Picky Eater Blog)
Crazy-Sexy Bean Chili This plant-powered comfort food is a great way to get everyone settled in for the big game. Just don’t tell them it’s healthy. (Recipe: Kris Carr)
Sausage, Pepperoni and Pineapple Mini Whole Wheat Deep Dish Pizza Yup! Pizza! But not your ordinary pizza. These babies are “figure friendly.” Just substitute the meat for sauteed veggies and you’ve got yourself the perfect guilt-free kick-off appetizer. (Recipe: Culinary Tuesdays)