After years of throwing football parties, I’ve realized people don’t come for the healthy food. In fact they almost use the Super Bowl as an excuse to not eat healthy. That being said, I can’t serve crap at my house, I just won’t do it.
For a half-time “dinner” I’ll serve chicken (see a grill-less recipe below) and a big salad. Otherwise, it’s snacks galore around my house. In the past I’ve put a little too much effort into the snacks and I didn’t get to enjoy the party. With this list I’m going to try and help you avoid that. As my friend Kim would say, here are some “easy breezy” snack recipes that are healthy and indulgent.
FARMER’S MARKET CROSTINIS
I made these on Christmas for guests to much on while I prepared dinner.
All you need is a baguette, something that spreads, and your favorite fresh veg.
For the plate above I:
- Sliced and toasted the baguettes
- Spread on either avocado or vegan all nut milk ricotta (amazing BTW)
- Added arugula tossed with dressed with olive oil, salt, and lemon
- Topped with either sliced persimmon w/a drop of honey or tomato and basil.
I posted all of my dip recipes in October. Honeslty, the only thing work the hassle is the guac and the home-made ranch dressing (which is greek yogurt and spices). Queso dip from scotch is pretty amazing too. Otherwise, buy the salsa and hummus you love!
KIND NUT CLUSTERS
I would have NEVER thought to tear up KIND bars and serve them in a dish at a party. But! I received a pitch from their publicist a week ago offering alternative suggestions to just chowing down, and this was one of them. Last weekend when we were low on food at the house and people were coming over, I busted out a couple KIND bars from my purse and served them. If people didn’t rave about the snack, I wouldn’t recommend it to you. To my surprise, served next to chips and salsa, the sweet nut clusters were a hit!
SUPER EASY BAKED BBQ CHICKEN
(Please excuse the old pic!)
If for some reason you’re not grilling, here’s how you can make an impressive chicken in the oven. This is my mom’s recipe so you know it will a quickie.
- 1 boneless skinless chicken breast per person
- Your favorite BBQ sauce (check for corn syrup please!)
- Put chicken in baking pan and cover with sauce as much as possible. Save some sauce for later.
- Bake at 350 until cooked through.
- Serve with extra sauce.
Sounds too simple to be edible, but it’s delicious.
LAST YEAR’S RECIPES
I make this list every year! Here’s what I suggested last time:
The most popular recipe I’ve ever posted is one of them: Baked Avocado Fries. Unfortunately you can’t make these ahead of time, but the rest of them you can.
- Alternative Salads (salads without lettuce)
- Queso Dip from Scratch
- White bean hummus dip
- Pineapple Salsa
- Fresh Pizza Slices
- Jicama Green Apple Slaw
- Bacon-wrapped duck bites
- Eggplant Fries
- Pioneer Woman’s Potato Skins
- Jalapeño Popper Dip
- Buffalo Chicken Sliders
- Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Pizzas