My Favorite Game-Day Recipes

Happy Superbowl Season! I’m sharing my favorite game-day recipes!

Is Superbowl Sunday a recognized holiday in your household? I can tell you that it starting NOW it definitely is in my house! We’re that family that loves to have people come around (my husband loves it!), but we have not been able to do it for a while as we were used to live in Northern Ireland, and with the time difference it was super late.

My favorite part about having everyone over is the chance to come up with new healthy and fun game-day recipes to serve while we watch the game.

Game-day food usually ends up being so greasy and so.full.of.calories. But when you’re in charge of the menu, you get to dictate what’s served! I always take this as a chance to put a calorie friendly spin on game-day classics like nachos and beer (one of my favorites when watching football!).

My tip for keeping game-day a bit healthier? When you put dips out, cut up fresh veggies to go along with the chips and crackers. Having fresh veggies to dip gives you a break from the saltiness of chips and keeps you feeling less bloated. It’s a win-win! You can even buy pre-cut veggies from the store to make your life a bit easier.

Let’s get to the good stuff! I wanted to share my go-to game-day recipes to mix it up in your house this Superbowl season. It’s time to get this party started with my 5 favorite game-day recipes.

My Favorite Game-Day Recipes

 

Spinach Artichoke Dip for Game day

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Servings: 12
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup Romano cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • ½ cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a small baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, add the cream cheese, Romano cheese, Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, garlic, basil, garlic salt, salt, and black pepper and mix until well combined. 
  3. Add the artichoke hearts and spinach and gently, stir to combine.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and spread in an even layer. 
  5. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese evenly. 
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes or until bubbly. 
Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 118
Fat: 9.5g
Sat Fat: 5g
Carbohydrates: 5.3g
Fiber: 1.8g
Sugar: 0.7g
Protein: 4.1g

Buffalo winges for your game day party

Buffalo Chicken Wings

Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 2 pounds of chicken wings
  • ¼ cup red hot sauce
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions:
  1. Cut off wing tips and then, cut each wing at the joint.
  2. In a large bowl, add the hot sauce, butter, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt and black pepper and mix until well combined.
  3. Reserve 2 tablespoons of marinade in a small bowl.
  4. In the bowl of remaining marinade, add chicken wings and toss to coat well.
  5. Set aside in room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to broil. Arrange a rack about 4-5-inch from the heating element.
  7. Remove the wings from the bowl and discard the marinade.
  8. Arrange the wings over the rack of a broiler pan. 
  9. Broil for about 10 minutes per side.
  10. Remove the chicken wings from oven and coat with reserved marinade evenly.
  11. Serve hot. 
Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 513
Fat: 25.7g
Sat Fat: 10.1g
Carbohydrates: 1.1g
Fiber: 0.5g
Sugar: 0.3g
Protein: 66g

Crispy coconut shrimp for game day

Crispy Coconut Shrimp

Servings: 8
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 pound medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a shallow dish, crack the eggs and beat lightly.
  3. In the second shallow dish mix together the remaining ingredients except for coconut and shrimp.
  4. In a third shallow dish, place the coconut flakes.
  5. First, dip the shrimp in eggs and then roll into breadcrumbs mixture.
  6. Again dip in eggs and then roll into coconut flakes. 
  7. Place the shrimp onto a prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
  8. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. 
  9. Serve warm.
Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 167
Fat: 7g
Sat Fat: 4.4g
Carbohydrates: 8.4g
Fiber: 1.4g
Sugar: 1.8g
Protein: 16.5g

Homemade healthy tortilla chips

Cheesy Tortilla Chips

Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 16 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 1½ cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon golden flaxseed meal
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, add the cheese and microwave for about 1 minute, stirring after every 15 seconds. 
  3. In the bowl of melted cheese, add the almond flour, flaxseed meal, salt, and black pepper and with a fork, mix well. 
  4. With your hands, knead until a dough forms. 
  5. Make 2 equal sized balls from the dough. 
  6. Place 1 dough ball onto each prepared baking sheet and roll into an 8×10-inch rectangle. 
  7. Cut each dough rectangle into triangle-shaped chips.
  8. Arrange the chips in a single layer. 
  9. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, flipping once halfway through. 
  10. Remove from oven and set aside to cool before serving.
Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 82
Fat: 6.1g
Sat Fat: 1.1g
Carbohydrates: 2.6g
Fiber: 1.3g
Sugar: 0g
Protein: 4.2g

 

Onion rings the perfect game day recipe

Onion Rings

Servings: 12
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 onions, sliced into rings
  • 2 cups of vegetable oil
Instructions:
  1. In a medium bowl, add beer, flour, salt, and black pepper and with a wire whisk, mix until smooth
  2. Dip the onion rings in beer mixture evenly.
  3. In a large deep skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat and fry the onion rings in 2 batches for about 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. With a slotted spoon, transfer the onion rings onto a paper towel-lined plate to drain before serving.
Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 266
Fat: 33g
Sat Fat: 4.3g
Carbohydrates: 14.5g
Fiber: 1.3g
Sugar: 1.9g
Protein: 1.9g

Are you excited to get in the kitchen this game-day and make these Superbowl recipes? I think that these are perfect game-day recipes! And I want to know which ones are your favorite! If you make one of these recipes, make sure to take a picture and post it to your socials. Tag me (@nathaliamelofit) so that I can see! I love getting to interact with you guys on Instagram.

And if you’re hungry for even more delicious and healthy recipes that your whole family will love, then check out my family-friendly cookbook. This book has over 50 kid-approved recipes that will have your pants fitting a little looser and your kids begging for more! Grab your copy here.

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