Healthy(ish) Super Bowl Snacks

Healthy(ish) Super Bowl Snacks

Super Bowl Sunday is less than a week away. Even tough our team won’t be playing in the game this year (GEAUX SAINTS!), we will still be watching. Jason and I have been trying to eat a little healthier since the start of the new year, so I’ve put together 3 different healthy(ish) appetizers that would perfect for any super bowl watch party.

Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings”

While I won’t even pretend these are as good as real buffalo wings, these cauliflower “wings” were actually really tasty! Of the 3 appetizers I made, these were Jason’s favorite. I took this recipe for BBQ Cauliflower Wings from Nora Cooks, and substituted the BBQ sauce for buffalo sauce because that is what we prefer. I also substituted all-purpose flower for whole wheat flower because it is all I had on hand. To make these Buffalo Cauliflower Wings you need the following:

  • 1 head of cauliflower (washed and cut into bite size pieces)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup flower
  • 1 TB garlic powder
  • 1 TB onion powder
  • 1/4 ts salt
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs

These wings were very simple to make:

  • Combine water, flower, and seasoning in a large bowl and toss the cauliflower until it is coated in the mixture
  • Roll the cauliflower in panko bread crumbs and place on a cooking tray that is lined with parchment paper
  • Bake on 450 degrees for 15 minutes, flip the cauliflower and bake for another 10 minutes
  • Take the cauliflower out of the oven and toss in sauce (the recipe calls for BBQ sauce, but I used buffalo)
  • Put them back into the oven to bake for another 15 minutes

Broccoli and Cheese Tots

These healthy tater tot alternatives were my favorite of the 3 appetizers. The original recipe from Skinny Taste can be found here. The following ingredients are needed to make these broccoli and cheese tots:

  • 12 ounces broccoli
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 cup finely cut scallion
  • 2/3 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • To make the broccoli and cheese tots follow these simple instructions:
  • Blanch the broccoli by cooking it in boiling water for 1 minute and then running under cool water.
  • Finely chop up the broccoli after it has dried
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl
  • Roll large spoonfuls of mixture into small oval pieces
  • Place on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray
  • Bake on 400 degrees for 18 minutes flipping halfway through

Bean and Cheese Whole Wheat Quesadillas

This final recipe is a family favorite and SO easy to make. All you need is 3 ingredients:

  • Whole Wheat Tortillas
  • Cheese
  • Fat Free Refried Beans

To make the quesadillas I simply follow these steps:

  • Spray a skillet with cooking spray and lightly brown both sides of 2 tortillas
  • In a separate pot, warm up the refried beans and mix in the desired amount of shredded cheese.
  • Layer the bean and cheese mixture between the 2 tortillas and cook on each side for a few minutes until they are slightly brown and crispy.
  • Cut into triangular bite size pieces and serve with salsa or guacamole as a dipping sauce.

Even though I’d rather be eating pizza and drinking beer (which I still might), these 3 recipes would be great alternatives for healthier options during the game. What are some of your go to snacks for watching football? I’m always looking for new ideas, so be sure to share what you love!

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