The passion. The excitement. The game day snacks. Really, what’s not to love about football?
Usually, game day food is something you can eat with your hands. It’s appropriately messy. It’s hearty. And sometimes you can pick it up with a toothpick or do a little dip (if you’re lucky, both). Sort of like what might happen if a plate of hors d’oeuvres met dive bar eats.
But how about a real food spin on all the breaded, gooey, crunchy bites?
Of course, we went there. Here are some of our favorite game day snacks to carry your through the cooler months ahead and into Super Bowl Sunday.
Loaded carnitas trash can lid nachos
Offered to friends and family in a sheet pan, not a trash can lid, these loaded nachos are one hundred percent paleo and hit all the sweet spots of game day food. The only difference? You’ll feel awesome after eating these nachos because they’re actually good for you.
Paleo nacho cheese
Drizzled over trash can lid nachos, this “cheese” works best when it’s warm. It also makes a wonderful dip for cheese lovers who cannot tolerate dairy.
Sweet potato gives paleo nacho cheese its body, nutritional yeast flakes mimic the taste of cheese, and coconut milk gives it a smooth texture. You may want to double the recipe.
Paleo fried chicken meatballs with ranch dressing
Breaded fried chicken meatballs. It’s as good as it sounds. Like all fried chicken, these savory bites taste delicious cold and travel well. And they’re freezable.
Serve with a toothpick and dip into Mel Joulwan’s paleo ranch dressing to keep fans cheering.
Sloppy joe meatball cornbread sliders
Have you ever wondered how to get the taste of cornbread…without corn? Here’s an idea: Add a touch of honey and signature cornbread flavors (like jalapeño) to a solid grain free flour. Voila – you’ve got paleo cornbread.
Paired with pork meatballs that have been topped with a sloppy joe sauce, these little sliders satisfy all your game day cravings.
About Emily Montes
Emily Montes is the co-founder and CEO of RealPlans.com. She's also an acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese medicine, a published author, and a mom of two. Emily loves making meal planning easier and inspiring families to share more meals around the table.