hi friends! is everyone getting excited for the super bowl? i’ll admit that even though i work in sports, football is one of my least favorite to watch.. it’s growing on me, though. in total girl fashion, though, my favorite reasons to tune in are the commercials and halftime show! i still remember when i had a super bowl celebration with my friend katie in middle school just so we could watch ‘nsync at the halftime show. and who could forget the wardrobe malfunction, too?! my dad’s favorite commercials usually involve monkeys or talking babies. what about you?
living in connecticut, it seems like this is the perfect battle ground for giants and pats fans to duke it out on sunday. if i didn’t have to work, i’d certainly make a spread fit for a fantastic super bowl party. even though i can’t cook up a feast, here are some healthier ideas for you to whip up for your friends while you watch the big game! and i promise that most are pretty easy to make and easier to enjoy, too.
if you’re planning a little upscale get-together, this is the perfect dish. SO easy to make and since it’s not covered in puff pastry like lots of other brie recipes out there, you can indulge on some other treats during the game, too! click here for the recipe.
two great things about this dish is that it’ll seem a heck of a lot fancier than it really is AND the farther in advance you make it, the better it’ll taste. no need to rush around just before kickoff! click here for the recipe.
buffalo chicken dip
i admittedly am not a huge fan of spicy foods, but since you can control the heat in your own variation of this recipe, i say go for it! perfect on chips or veggies (especially celery!), i love my mild take on this favorite. click here for the recipe.
if you’re looking for another dip to complement your spread, go for guacamole! so fresh, healthy and delicious, i can never keep the bowl full enough. click here for the recipe.
throw some corn bread in the oven, too, and this is such a hearty and delicious addition to your table. plus, if people get too stuffed on all the appetizers and finger food, this will make great leftovers! set out some fixin’s like sour cream, extra onions and cheese for people to dress up their own bowls. click here for the recipe.
turkey meatball sliders
last year for the super bowl, i made a huge pot of turkey meatballs to freeze and eat for leftovers, but also grabbed some fresh dinner rolls from the grocery store. i split them open, popped one turkey meatball on each, sprinkled some mozzarella and quickly browned them in the oven to make the cutest turkey meatball sliders to add to everyone’s plate! click here for the recipe.
crispy shrimp tacos
even though i call these crispy, they’re not even fried, so you don’t have to feel too bad about eating them. if you want to incorporate some seafood into your dishes, this is a perfect way to have some finger food from the ocean. similar to the chili, you can put out the cooked shrimp, avocado, lettuce, tomato, mango, onion and tortillas and let your guests create their own! and trust me, people will be impressed. the colors in these are so stinkin’ beautiful :) click here for the recipe.
black bean, corn, tomato & avocado salad
this dish is so versatile, i would HIGHLY recommend serving it. you can put it next to chip as a dip, people can sprinkle it on top of their crispy shrimp tacos or chili and it makes a great vegetarian option for people that want some protein but aren’t interested in the turkey, chicken or seafood options. click here for the recipe.
then, of course, if anyone has room for dessert, you could make some fun cupcakes (like these hamburger slider cupcakes. you’ll really throw your guests for a loop!) or cookies that are simple to serve and people can just grab them on their way back to the couch. keep all these delicious snacks and plenty of beverages on hand and i guarantee you’ll have some happy campers, whether the giants or the patriots win :)
if there are any other recipe ideas you’re looking for, check out the recipe rundown page for some more inspiration. happy cooking!