A Healthier Menu for Super Bowl Sunday (Slideshow)
Try these recipes for a fun and healthy game day.
Super Bowl Sunday is infamous for gathering football fans around the TV and in front of tables piled with chips and dip, sweet treats, alcohol and more. But there’s no reason you can’t have a get-together that’s lively, fun and healthy. Try these recipes from our archives to make the most of your game-day celebration:
Bacon Wrapped Dates
You may also want to try these succulent little bites with dried figs instead of dates. Get the recipe.
Fruit and Cheese Kabobs
Get creative and experiment with different combinations of fruit and cheese. Get the recipe.
Grilled Sweet-Potato Round With Chorizo
Substitute tempeh for the chorizo to make the perfect vegetarian bite. Get the recipe.
For a sweeter taste, try wrapping prosciutto around melon or even pear slices. Get the recipe.
Crispy Kale Chips With Sea Salt
An indulgent side dish for dinner — or a healthier snack alternative to chips. Roasting brings out smoky, buttery flavors and creates an irresistible, melt-in-your-mouth texture. View the recipe.
Dessert Cheese Plate
For a sophisticated finish to a meal, serve a plate of dessert cheeses with nuts and fresh fruit, such as apples, figs and grapes. Try a soft, creamy cheese like chèvre; a hard cheese like aged Gouda; and a blue cheese such as Gorgonzola. Add another layer of flavor with a small bowl of fig jam, quince paste or truffle honey.
White Bean and Roasted Garlic Pâte
Pair this dip with whole-grain crusty bread or vegetable crudité. Add diced sundried tomatoes or chopped olives for zesty variations. View the recipe.
Shrimp and Heirloom Tomato Ceviche
Enjoy as an appetizer with raw veggies or whole-grain chips. Choose wild-caught or sustainably farmed U.S. shrimp over imported shrimp, which may be contaminated with antibiotic and pesticide residues. For a vegetarian version, substitute canned black beans for the shrimp. View the recipe.
Pineapple Avocado Salsa
This sweet and savory salsa can be simply paired with good-quality chips or used as a topping for grilled chicken or pork. Turn this salsa into a salad by adding black beans, grilled corn and steamed brown rice. Poblano, serrano and habanero chilies could all work well in this salsa, or use bell peppers if you want a mild salsa. View the recipe.
Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños
A healthy spin on deep-fried jalapeño poppers, this festive recipe will be a big hit on the grill. View the recipe.
Ants on a Log, Upgraded
Get creative by substituting almond or cashew butter for peanut butter, and, instead of raisins, top celery with chopped dried apricots, cherries or cranberries. Or consider “aphids on a log” — top a base of nut butter, cream cheese, hummus or mashed avocado with toasted pumpkin or sunflower seeds.
Tofu and Napa Cabbage Rolls With Dipping Sauce
Pairing tofu with sweet napa cabbage makes a wonderful and elegant vegetarian entrée. Feel free to omit the tofu altogether and just go with the veggies. View the recipe.
Cabbage Rolls Filled With Quinoa and Ground Beef
For a vegetarian version of this hearty entrée, substitute crumbled tempeh for the ground beef. View recipe.
Banderillas and Montaditos
Banderillas: Combine a few goodies on a toothpick and you have banderillas. View suggestions.
Montaditos: Also known as tostas, montaditos are foods spread on toasted bread. Served with a crisp green or vegetable salad, they can make for a delightful meal. View the recipe.
Spinach and Potato Frittata
Pair with a green salad for an easy dinner. You can adapt the frittata recipe by using other cheeses, or adding minced, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers and other ingredients. View recipe.
Heirloom Tomato and Garbanzo Bean Salad
This lemony, Greek-inspired salad can be enjoyed on its own or can be tossed with a cup of cooked barley, quinoa or brown rice to make a more substantial dish. It also makes a great sandwich filling for pita bread. You can easily use dried garbanzo beans in place of canned. View the recipe.
This slaw can be made even more colorful by using purple or green cauliflower, and by substituting red apples for the green, or adding red cabbage into the mix. Sprinkle in some currants for more texture and flavor. Although a food processor with a grater attachment is helpful for preparing vegetables for this salad, you can use a hand grater or finely chop the vegetables by hand. View the recipe.
Coconut-Almond Macaroons With Maple Sugar
Toasted, chewy and luscious, these coconut macaroons get a twist of flavor from almond flour. Feel free to drizzle cooled macaroons with melted dark chocolate. View recipe.
A Trio of Granitas
Refreshingly frosty, these fruit-based, slightly sweetened palate cleansers are very easy to make. All three recipes make about 1 quart each. View recipe.
Luscious raspberries and plums are topped with a crunchy crumble of oatmeal, pecans and brown sugar. Other types of fruit, such as apples, peaches and nectarines, also work well in this recipe. Try subbing in maple syrup for the brown sugar. View recipe.
Pilar Gerasimo Explains “The Art of Mindful Drinking”
Experience Life editor in chief Pilar Gerasimo joins Jamie Yuccas of WCCO’s Saturday Morning Show at The Wine Thief in St. Paul, Minn., to offer tips on conscious alcohol consumption and tasty non-alcoholic alternatives. Watch video.
Piña Cola Aqua Fresca
A light and refreshing beverage that’s suited for a hot summer day. Try mango and raspberry or strawberry and pineapple as variations. View the recipe.