17 Lighter Super Bowl Recipes—Healthy Versions of All Your Favorites!
Creamy Broccoli-Spinach Dip
No cream cheese, mayonnaise, or sour cream here! A combination of whole-milk ricotta and Parmesan gives this veggie dip its richness.
Sriracha-Buffalo Chicken Wings
Baking is the way to go when it comes to Buffalo wings. Not only is it better for you, but it's also easier than frying and requires less cleanup. Here, the wings are tossed with a little Sriracha butter after they come out of the oven.
Martha's Classic Guacamole
Martha's version of everyone's favorite dip ups the protein factor with hard-boiled eggs and trades tortilla chips for plantain chips.
No one will miss the meat in these mini veggie burgers! Blended kidney beans and rice, plus grated carrots, broccoli, and ginger, make the patties satisfyingly substantial.
Rutabaga Oven Fries
Potato wedges are so last year! Give underrated (and nutrient-packed!) rutabaga a chance—it's delicious simply roasted with olive oil, smoked paprika, and salt.
Chicken Taco Salad
Just as addictive as nachos but so much better for you. Keep the tortilla chips and cheese but amp them up with ancho chili-rubbed chicken thighs, corn, red onion, pickled jalapenos, black beans, cilantro, tomatoes, avocado, and of course romaine lettuce—it's a salad, after all!
Creamy Edamame Dip
Protein-rich cottage cheese gives this verdant dip its irresistible velvety texture. Using frozen edamame means you can whip up this dip in just 20 minutes from start to finish.
Slow-Cooker Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are browned before going in the slow cooker, sans oil, and being simmered with aromatics, crushed tomatoes, and flavorings including hot-pepper sauce, Worcestershire, mustard, and molasses. The result? The best pulled chicken you've ever tasted.
Smoky Black-Bean Salsa
Seeking a healthy last-minute Super Bowl snack? Look no further than this easy dip that starts with canned black beans. Jazz them up with chipotle in adobo, lime juice, red onion, and cilantro and serve with sweet-potato chips.
Using turkey instead of beef yields a pot of chili that's lighter but just as flavorful. The secret? Adding cooked smoked turkey as well as ground dark turkey meat.
Mini Asian Meatballs in Lettuce Cups
The Chinese holy flavor trinity—garlic, ginger, and scallions—infuses lean ground beef with tons of flavor in these diminutive meatballs. Serve in Bibb lettuce leaves with lime mayonnaise, cilantro, Thai chiles, and peanuts.
Swap out chickpeas for roasted beets for a lighter (and more colorful!) take on hummus. A drizzle of homemade harissa oil really gets the party started.
Sweet Potato Rounds
Instead of baguette slices, try using rounds of sweet potatoes as your crostini base. Here, they make an excellent canvas for black beans, cotija cheese, and cilantro.
Skip the 7-layer dip and serve this tiered salad instead. Be sure to use a glass bowl or trifle dish so that everyone can admire each component: iceberg lettuce, hard-boiled eggs, red cabbage, cherry tomatoes, peas, cheddar cheese, and bacon.
Chicken Satay Skewers
A simple marinade made with sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, and red-pepper flakes delivers big flavor in these lean chicken-breast skewers. Dunk in a spicy peanut dip to take them over the top.
Loaded Sweet-Potato Skins
Russets aren't the only things that can be loaded. Sweet potatoes make an equally delicious candidate, plus they're more nutritious. Here, they're mashed with a touch of buttermilk and paprika and finished with low-fat sour cream, scallion, and bacon (hey, it's still a party!).