It’s already that time of year again! Football season is wrapping up, and the Super Bowl is rapidly approaching. If you’re anything like me, you go to a Super Bowl party every year specifically for two reasons: 1) To watch the commercials, and 2) To eat delicious food. Half the time I couldn’t even tell you who the two teams are. Anyone else? Okay, great. Glad I’m not alone in that. (Ps… I know it’s the Patriots vs. Falcons this year, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t just look that up.)
Unfortunately, whenever we go tailgating before a big game, or go to a Super Bowl party, we can usually find endless amounts of unhealthy food, and very little few options, besides maybe one sad-looking, store-bought veggie tray that goes untouched all night. For people like me, who prefer to have lots of healthy options, this can be a frustrating ratio. That’s why I have teamed up with my friends over at Tailgate Tourist (basically professional tailgaters) — to provide you with some delicious, guilt-free recipes that you can whip up for your Super Bowl party this year.
There are three main categories of foods that we like to see at a tailgate:
- Finger Foods
- Anything involving the word chili
Throughout the rest of this week, I am going to provide you with some recipes that fall under all three of those categories, and I hope you will love each of them!
First up is my personal favorite: Sweet Potato Nachos!
This recipe has been adapted from Bucket List Tummy’s blog, who also happens to be a Registered Dietitian!
Sweet potatoes are by far my favorite starchy veggie. They are packed with nutrients, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and many other vitamins and minerals. Did I mention they also taste like candy? Honestly, I have a hard time trusting people who don’t like sweet potatoes. I mean, what’s not to like?! These nachos might be one of the smartest appetizer inventions I’ve ever come across. Everyone loves nachos, but not everyone feels so great after taking in all of the calories and fat that are usually associated with traditional, beef & queso-covered nachos. Sweet potatoes are a great substitute for chips because they will actually fill you up and provide you with some quality nutrition. Feel free to load these babies up with some healthy fats in the form of avocados (or homemade guac if you’re feelin’ fancy!), plant protein from black beans and Greek yogurt rather than sour cream, plus tons of colorful veggies! This might be something I start eating weekly; not just for game days. They are that good, you guys!
- 2 large sweet potatoes, sliced into rounds
- 1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ¾ tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp cumin
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup frozen corn
- ¾ cup no salt added black beans
- ½ cup green peppers, chopped
- ½ cup grape tomatoes, sliced
- ½-1 cup reduced fat Mexican shredded cheese
- Optional toppings: avocado, plain Greek yogurt, chunky salsa, Beanitos chips
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Cover large baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Slice sweet potato into ¼ inch coins and place in large bowl. Add olive oil and spices and arrange evenly over sweet potatoes; toss to coat.
3. Transfer rounds to baking sheet, and top with crushed black pepper (if desired).
4. Bake for 30-35 minutes, turning them over at 15 minutes.
5. While they are baking, cook the corn and black beans in the microwave, and slice the peppers and tomatoes.
6. Once sweet potatoes are done, flip once more. They should be close and piled on top of each other; then top with corn, beans, peppers, tomatoes, and cheese.
7. Place baking sheet back in oven and bake for an additional 7 minutes, or until cheese melts.
Top with avocado, plain Greek yogurt, salsa, and Beanitos chips — or whatever your heart desires!
Here’s a sneak peek at what’s to come. 😉 You won’t want to miss these!
Don’t forget to check out @TailgateTourist and @WellnessForTheWin on Instagram and Facebook for an awesome video of the making of this recipe, as well as all of the other recipes!
Stay tuned for even more healthy, drool-worthy #SuperBowl eats throughout the rest of this week!
Shanna Stewart, RD, LD