Healthy Super Bowl Recipes

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Healthy Super Bowl recipes. You can have your Super Bowl fare and eat it, too. It's all in the way you cook what you eat.
Looking for healthy Super Bowl recipes? It's no secret that Americans eat more food on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year except Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, like Turkey Day, the foods that go along with football: wings, nachos, hot dogs, etc., are not exactly figure-friendly.

However, if you are trying to eat healthy, there is hope outside of that tiny veggie tray over in the corner. You can have your Super Bowl fare and eat it, too. It's all in the way you cook what you eat. Out are frying, sautéing in oil, etc. In are steaming and baking. Sure, you will have to eat in moderation, but the following recipes will help you end the day looking slim and speedy like a wide receiver, not "built for power" like a 350-pound offensive lineman!

Healthy Super Bowl Hot Sauce Chicken Wrapschicken-wraps.jpg

There are recipes for healthy versions of buffalo wings, but they tend to fall short in the crunch department. Part of what makes buffalo wings so wonderful is the crispy outside of the chicken, which is hard to replicate in the oven. Fortunately, the other half of what makes buffalo chicken so great is the delicious sauce and that is easy to make healthy. So, instead of hot wings, we'll make wraps with hot sauce in them. That way, we get the buffalo wing flavor and we won't be disappointed by the less-than-healthy texture.

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 tortillas
  • 8 tablespoons low fat Ranch dressing
  • 8 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 2 Romaine lettuce hearts

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper and bake for 22 minutes, or until done. Slice the chicken into 1/4-inch strips.
  2. Microwave the wraps for 15 seconds to make them pliable, then spread 1 tablespoon each of low fat Ranch and hot sauce on each tortilla. Top with Romaine and chicken and serve.

Note: be careful when you buy hot sauce. Some places sell "wing sauce," which often has butter, cream, and other unhealthy ingredients. Read the labels very carefully.


Healthy Super Bowl Oven Chipshomeade-potato-chips.jpg

Along with our wraps, we'll need some chips. Even though it is difficult to make chicken crispy in the oven, it is possible to bake crispiness into potato slices.

Ingredients:

  • 4 potatoes, peeled
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and seasoning salt to taste

Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Take the potato peeler and peel the potato along its smallest dimension to make very thin chips. Put the chips on a cookie sheet and sprinkle or spray the olive oil over the potatoes. Bake until crispy (about 10 minutes) and then season with the salt and seasoning salt.


Healthy Super Bowl Vegetarian Chili Dogschili-dog.jpg

Vegetarian chili dogs are getting better every year and most of the faux hot dogs now taste like the genuine article, but without the fat and calories. The biggest complaint most people have is with their texture, which is why we'll cover the vegetarian hot dogs in chili and no one will notice.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, optional
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 8 hot dog buns, optional
  • 1 recipe chili
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup low fat cheese

Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, (or the temperature specified on the hot dog package).
  2. If desired, you can get the oil hot over high heat. Then, cook the hot dogs on each side for about 30 to 60 seconds. This will firm up the outside of the hot dogs and help mask the fact they are vegetarian.
  3. Either way, bake the hot dogs for 6 minutes to get them warm. Alternately, if the hot dog package specifies another time, cook for that amount.
  4. Serve the hot dogs with or without the bun (buns are usually processed carbs), covered in chili, raw onions, and low fat cheese.

Healthy Super Bowl Ground Chicken Sliders

Hamburgers are traditional Super Bowl fare. We'll make a healthy version using ground chicken, but we'll make them taste wonderful using Asian flavors.

Ingredients:
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 8 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 16 hamburger buns
  • 4 tablespoons chili garlic sauce
  • 1 cucumber cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • 1 carrot, shredded

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to its lowest setting.
  2. Mix the ground chicken, eggs, oregano, and garlic powder; make 16, 1/8-inch balls. It is critical that you try to make the balls the same size, so portion out the chicken before you start cooking.
  3. Add two tablespoons of oil to the skillet and let it get hot over medium-high heat. Put 4 to 6 balls into the pan and press them down to make a patty. Do not overcrowd the pan when cooking. Cook the patties 4 minutes on each side, or until the sliders are done all the way through. Keep the patties warm in the oven until you are ready to serve.
  4. Add two more tablespoons of oil and repeat until all of the sliders are cooked.
  5. Make the sliders by putting the chicken on the bun, then topping with chili sauce, cucumbers, and shredded carrots.
  6. Note: when it comes to chili garlic sauce, there are two varieties: one is like Asian ketchup and is sweet; the other is like Asian hot sauce...you want the sweet variety.

Other substitutions:
While these recipes will work, you can also make healthier Super Bowl food by substituting full fat versions of ingredients with their lower calorie alternatives. Look for low fat cream cheese and mayonnaise for dips, use whole milk instead of heavy cream, and find low-fat cheeses and even low-fat Velveeta for dips. Also, if you can, try to avoid desserts as they are just empty calories.

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