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Whether you’re rooting for the Broncos or the Panthers (or Coldplay and Beyonce at halftime) this Sunday, we can all agree that delicious Super Bowl food can bring together any sports rivalry. Your friends may care more about the commercials than the game, but there’s one thing in common with everyone at your party: the expectation of great food. Our editors have put together their favorite healthy recipes that will not only impress your buds, but also help keep your calories in check during your beer-filled evening.

Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Skins
A favorite of Emily, NYC Editor-in-Chief

One of my (many) guilty food pleasures is indulging in crispy potato skins doused in sour cream for a football game. When I stumbled on this recipe, I knew I had to try it. Thai? Peanut? Sweet potato? Best flavor combo ever!

Kitchen: Superbowl Roundup

This recipe was very easy – just be sure to leave enough time for all the sweet potato roasting and broiling (1 hour plus). Also – be sure to check your oven and make sure you have a broiler! You’ll need it to get the skins crispy. I had a lot of extra thai peanut sauce, which I’ve happily doused on all my discarded sweet potato innards as a savory snack.

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • olive oil
  • salt + pepper

Thai Peanut Sauce

  • 1/4 cup of peanut or almond butter
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoons of tamari
  • 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice (or lemon juice will work as well)
  • 2-4 tablespoons of water

Toppings

  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • ¼ cup of toasted nuts (I used almonds)
  • a few basil leaves, chiffonade
  • a handful of cilantro

Instructions

Roast the sweet potatoes

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400º.
  2. Using a fork, poke a bunch of holes in the sweet potatoes. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet, and bake for about 45mins – 1 hour, until the sweet potato is soft and cooked through.
  3. While the potatoes are roasting, toast the nuts in a dry frying pan for a couple of minutes, until light brown. Give them a rough chop.
  4. Then, make the sauce by adding all of the ingredients, except for the water, to the food processor and pulsing several times until the mixture is smooth. Then add the water a tablespoon at a time until you have the desired consistency.
  5. When the sweet potatoes are done cooking, remove them from the oven and change the oven setting to the broil (keep the rack in the middle).
  6. Cut the potatoes in half (I did this hot-dog style). Then, scoop out most of the flesh, leaving a thin layer (about 1/4″) of sweet potato on top of the skins.
  7. Cut each half into quarters, brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper and place back onto the parchment baking sheet.
  8. Broil for 5-7 minutes, turn the potato skins and broil for another 5-7 minutes.
  9. You want the edges become really crispy. Keep a close eye on them ensure your skin don’t burn – broilers can be tricky!
  10. Allow the skins to cool slightly before assembling. Then, add a healthy drizzle of the peanut sauce.
  11. Sprinkle the green onion, nuts, cilantro, and basil over top. Serve warm with the extra peanut sauce on the side, for dipping.

Source: What’s Cooking Good Looking

Cheesy Pepperoni Bread 
A Favorite of Steph, D.C. Editor-in-Chief
Full disclosure – if you’re looking for a healthy Super Bowl recipe, this is not it. If you are looking for a delicious, crowd pleasing app that can be prepared in less than 5 minutes, read on.
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This is hands-down my go-to recipe for last minute hostessing, holiday parties, and Super Bowl for two reasons: it’s one of the easiest recipes in my wheelhouse, and it never fails to please, regardless of the occasion. Also, let’s be honest, it’s my favorite food – pizza – wrapped up into bite size pieces. I would recommend purchasing thinly sliced pepperoni from your local deli counter, but pre-sliced packaged pepperoni works too. Enjoy this cheesy, greasy snack and be sure to serve warm!
Ingredients: 
  • 1 package of pizza dough (the kind that comes in the air tight can works well)
  • 1 package of provolone cheese
  • 1 package of thinly sliced pepperoni (or a half a pound of thinly sliced pepperoni from the deli counter)
  • Pizza sauce (for dipping)
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Egg (for egg wash)
  • Spices: Ground pepper, oregano, garlic powder, dried basil
Directions: 
  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.
  2. Roll out pizza dough into a long rectangular shape on a flat surface
  3. Lightly spread olive oil onto the dough
  4. Season with garlic powder, ground pepper, oregano, and dried basil
  5. Layer the provolone cheese in rows, so each piece slightly overlaps, then layer the pepperoni on top (leave some room at the edges)
  6. Starting at one end, carefully roll the dough to create a log. Pinch the ends to secure the log.
  7. Brush the log with egg wash and sprinkle with the same spice combination as inside (garlic powder, ground pepper, oregano, dried basil)
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  9. Let cool and slice into thin strips. Serve with a side of pizza sauce for dipping.

Source: Modified from Allrecipes.com

White bean hummus

Simple White Bean Hummus
A favorite of Alexis, Chicago Editor-in-Chief

This recipe is a party favorite… seriously.  So while on Super Bowl Sunday you might over indulge with beer and fried goodies, this is one app that won’t have you feeling guilty!  It’s simple and healthy, yet delicious. The best part? You can change it up as you please. Go ahead and add some Frank’s Red Hot sauce to pack this hummus with super(bowl) flavor, or keep it simple with dried herbs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can cannellini beans (15 oz), drained and rinsed
  • 2 heaping tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 or 2 lemons
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, optional
  • a couple twists of himalayan salt grinder
  • a couple tablespoons of water as needed to thin

Directions:

  1. Place ingredients in food processor, except water, and blend until desired consistency. Taste for flavor adding anything more to your liking.
  2. Add water one tablespoon at a time to thin if needed.

Source: The Simple Veganista

 

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