Healthy Super Bowl Snacks

I’m not a huge football fan, but I do enjoy watching the Super Bowl – the game’s usually a bit more exciting than the regular season, there are often one or two great commercials, and the half time show is entertaining. I also enjoy eating all the snacks that typically go along with Super Bowl parties, but they’re not usually very healthy. This year I decided to hunt down some healthier snack ideas for the Super Bowl, and found a few that were pretty easy to make (though a bit tough with one oven and three recipes that needed to be baked/broiled) and ended up being quite tasty.

Herb-Roasted Sweet Potato Skins

Herb Roasted Sweet Potato Skins

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried sage
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Pierce potatoes with a fork and then place on greased,  foil-lined baking sheet, cut side down. Bake until tender. Remove from oven and let cool.
  2. Move oven rack so it’s about 6 inches from the heating unit and preheat the broiler.
  3. Scoop out the sweet potatoes, leaving about 1/2 inch of flesh around the edges. Cut each sweet potato half lengthwise into 1/2 inch strips, and place back onto the baking sheet.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and spices and brush over the sweet potato strips. Broil in the oven for about 5 minutes.

My sweet potato skins were a little burnt, but they tasted like the burnt marshmallows that I like in my s’mores,  so I was okay with it. Watch ’em closely when they’re broiling if you don’t want them to burn.

You can change up the herb mixture and add other spices if you like.

Source: Slightly adapted from Whole Foods Market

Roasted Edamame with Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper, and Garlic

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Ingredients

  • 16 oz frozen shelled edamame
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  •  freshly-cracked black pepper
  • garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Put edamame in a strainer and run under warm water for a few seconds. Spread on clean towel and pat dry.
  3. Pour the edamame onto a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Mix the edamame with the seasonings by stirring around a bit on the pan.
  4. Roast for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Edamame will get nice and golden brown – that’s essentially when you know they’re done. (Don’t be alarmed if some of them jump out of the pan – a few did that while I was roasting them.)

Source: Slightly adapted from The Kitchn

Turkey Meatballs*

Pumpkin Turkey Meatballs

* With a tasty yet unexpected ingredient

Ingredients

  • 1  pound of ground turkey
  • 2.5 to 3 oz bread crumbs (2 to 2 1/2 slices of bread; can add more if desired)
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray rimmed baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and knead until everything is mixed well.
  3. Form into meatballs of whatever size you desire. Place the meatballs at least one inch apart on the baking sheet, flattening them a bit so they don’t roll around. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the tops of the meatballs start to brown. Flip meatballs over and bake for an additional 10 minutes or so.

These are lighter and softer than other meatballs I’ve had, but they’re super tasty.

Source: Adapted from  Kath Eats Real Food

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