Four Must-Have Super Bowl Recipes

Here’s a fun fact about how we eat on Super Bowl Sunday: according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data, game day is the second-largest food consumption day of the year, closing in fast on Thanksgiving. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. While it is admittedly way too easy to down a whole day’s worth of calories during halftime alone, so what?

Getting excessive with the chips and dip during the commercials won’t really make or break a new year’s diet. Live a little with these four must-have Super Bowl party recipes that will definitely impress your friends – and ease the pain if your team doesn’t come out on top.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with, Yes, Bacon

Four Must-Have Super Bowl Recipes

It’s low carb. It’s paleo friendly. And it’s just plain an amazing dish that looks and tastes like gourmet fare with a decidedly lowbrow ease of prep. Trim and halve your sprouts, toss with olive oil or – even better – melted butter, sprinkle with seasoning salt, then spread on a baking sheet with plenty of diced raw bacon. Bake the whole works at 400F for about half an hour, giving it all a turn every ten minutes or so.

The Ultimate Nachos Recipe

Four Must-Have Super Bowl Recipes

Who can say no to cheesy beef nachos? Lean ground beef, chunky salsa and four cheeses – Monterey Jack, cheddar, Asadero and queso – plus onions, jalapeño peppers, black olives and guacamole turn this game day fave into something spectacular. The quantities? Are up to you because this is your party. Not a meat eater? Make this ultimate nachos recipe with refried beans instead of the beef for a vegetarian friendly snack that’s still to die for.

Hot Homemade Potato Chips

Four Must-Have Super Bowl Recipes

If the rule is you can’t eat just one of the store bought version, expect to see partygoers downing handfuls of the homemade kind. This is one of those snack foods that seems like it would be a real pain in the rear to make at home but is actually unexpectedly easy. All it takes is a mandoline slicer and a sack of Russet Idaho, and you’re off to the races. Put your slices in cold water to hang out while you heat up about an inch – seriously, that’s it – of oil to 375F. Then dry those slices and fry until brown, salt, serve, and pig out.

Luscious (and Sometimes Lean) Spinach Dip

Four Must-Have Super Bowl Recipes

If you’re not one to skimp on the good stuff on Super Bowl Sunday, hot spinach and Asiago dip has got your name written all over it. Cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, garlic, chopped spinach and a full two cups of Asiago cheese combine to form gustatory greatness. But for the calorie counting crowd there are plenty of skinny variations that taste every bit as loaded. Swap out the cream cheese, mayo and sour cream for reduced-fat cream cheese, nonfat Greek yogurt and smooth blended low-fat cottage cheese. In both cases bake at 350F until the whole thing is bubbling and the edges are nicely browned. Serve with chips or, yes, veggies.

What will you be piling on your plate come Sunday?