Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have heard Super Bowl 49 is happening this Sunday. Thanks to Deflate-Gate I’m pretty sure every one, sports fan or not, at the very least knows the Pats are in the Super Bowl. I’m not sure what this particular Sunday is like in your home, but in mine it’s pretty much a holiday. My dad has always been a huge football fan and I’ve come into my own as a football fan in recent years.
Since it’s like a holiday in my house, of course that means food. Who doesn’t love football party food? It’s just another excuse to eat delicious (and fatty) food. If you’re on a diet that allows cheat days, even better!! Right?? If you can have cheat days and still manage to lose weight, more power to you! However, my body doesn’t work like that. Which is frustrating and a damn shame. But it’s taught me to find or create my own healthier versions of my favorite foods. Some are hits and some are misses, but I promise you the hits are far more frequent than the misses. Thank God.
Keeping in this mindset I’ve decided to put a healthy spin on this year’s Super Bowl party foods. Don’t worry, I’m not going all clean-eating-healh-food-fanatic and setting out bowls of kale chips and carrot sticks. I want food, dammit! ha ha ha. I’m sticking to just adding a healthy spin to old favorites.
Healthy Buffalo Wings via The Gracious Pantry
Slim Potato Skins via I Heart Naptime
Homemade Tortilla Chips via Alisa Burke
Avocado Salsa via Cooking Classy
One of my personal favorite things to make for football games are Vegetarian Mini Taco Bowls… you don’t even have to tell anyone it’s vegetarian. It can be our little secret and your guests will be none the wiser. Seriously, that’s how good these mini babies are! Here’s my recipe (if you really want to call it that, because it’s crazy easy to throw together!):
1 bag Tostito Scoops
1 bag Quorn Grounds
1 packet your favorite taco seasoning
(personally I make my own, recipe here)
1 cup water
Place Quorn Grounds in a microwaveable dish (or you can do it on the stovetop), add water, and mix in taco seasoning. Cover and microwave for 5 minutes or till it’s hot (it’s already cooked). Drain any liquid that is left. Line up Tostito Scoops. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of grounds into each scoop. Top with your favorite taco goodies or serve plain and let everyone dress their own mini taco bowls in a taco bar style.
Salsa (I always use Paul Newman’s Pineapple Salsa)
Sour Cream or Plain Greek Yogurt
Basically, whatever fits your taco fancy.
So this is what is on my menu for this Sunday night’s big game! Remember, just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean you can gorge yourself. Too much of a good thing turns into a bad thing. At least with food. lol.
What do you plan on making for Super Bowl Sunday? Will you be trying any of these recipes?