20 Healthier Game Day Recipes

20 healthy, crowd-pleasing game days recipes! See them at cookieandkate.com

I haven’t watched a football game yet this season (go Sooners?!). I know that game day season is here because I’ve caught glimpses of helmets flashing on TVs and heard whoops in my neighborhood. While I’m clearly not the biggest football fan in town, I love any excuse to slow down and catch up with friends—especially when good food and drinks are involved. Sign me up.

Arugula and wild rice salad with dried cherries, toasted almonds and feta!

Game day food is notoriously heavy, greasy and meaty, so I rounded up my top twenty healthy, crowd-pleasing, seasonally-appropriate recipes for you. You’ll find everything from appetizers to salads, main dishes and a couple of desserts. Since serving a crowd often requires attention to special diets, I should mention that they’re all vegetarian and many are gluten free and vegan as well (I’ve made notes on those below).

No. 1: Peanut Dipping Sauce
Easily gluten free and vegan (see recipe notes)

This peanut sauce is totally addictive and light-years better for you than the creamy store-bought alternatives.

No. 2: Blue Corn Nachos with Homemade Guacamole
Gluten free

Because nachos covered in veggies are healthier than nachos not covered in veggies?

No. 3: Homemade Salsa Verde
Gluten free and vegan

Warning: Once you go homemade, you can’t go back.

No. 4: Vegan Chipotle Carrot Queso
Gluten free and vegan

I never thought I could get behind dairy-free “queso,” but this one is creamy, spicy and totally delicious.

No. 5: Green Goddess Hummus
Gluten free and vegan

Here’s my favorite hummus recipe. I used classic green goddess herbs in here, but feel free to change them up or omit them for a super creamy traditional hummus.

No. 6: Spiced Apple Margaritas
Easily gluten free and vegan (see recipe notes)

Apples plus slightly oak-y reposado tequila equals fall margarita perfection.

No. 7: Lebanese Lemon-Parsley Bean Salad
Gluten free and vegan

This bean salad is full of bright flavor. I hear that kids like it, too!

No. 8: Mayo-Free Potato Salad
Gluten free and vegan

This potato salad takes advantage of the starchy potato cooking water that you normally just pour off. Blend it up with fresh herbs and olive oil for a super creamy, cream-less potato salad dressing.

No. 9: Quinoa Broccoli Slaw with Honey-Mustard Dressing
Gluten free

Here you have a very hearty broccoli salad that would make a gluten-free vegetarian very happy to find at a potluck.

No. 10: Arugula, Dried Cherry and Wild Rice Salad with a Zippy Lemon Dressing
Gluten free and easily vegan (see recipe notes)

Unexpected and so good.

No.11: Honey Mustard Brussels Sprout Slaw
Gluten free

This crisp and crunchy slaw is light and full of flavor. It once received a standing ovation at a Thanksgiving potluck, so I hope it receives the same fanfare at your watch party.

No. 12: Quinoa Black Bean Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce
Gluten free and vegan (see recipe notes)

Source: Cookie and Kate