Healthier Game Day Recipes

My favorite fun & flavorful vegetarian main dishes, appetizers, and snacks for game day! Plenty of vegan and gluten-free options included.

Healthy Game Day Recipes - Cauliflower Nachos

It’s game day week! Not that we’re big sports fans, but I am a big fan of any day where it’s perfectly acceptable to eat all of the spicy, salsa-smothered, avocado-filled foods that I crave. So I’m sharing my healthier versions of traditional party favorites that don’t sacrifice in flavor because, well, foods like avocados, black beans, spicy peppers, and fresh salsa just taste good and are good for you!

Chipotle Cauliflower Nachos with Pineapple Salsa (pictured above)

The star of this nacho recipe is the oozy, smoky chipotle cauliflower “cheese.” Yep, that’s right, the queso you see pictured is actually a vegan, veggie-packed sauce made from cauliflower, potato, and cashews! Top it all with sweet & spicy pineapple salsa, and you’ll see why this recipe is a fan favorite.

Healthy Game Day Recipes - BBQ Jackfruit Sliders

BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches

If you’re hosting on Sunday, these BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches would be great to prep ahead of time. Mix up the smoky, tangy chipotle BBQ sauce and sauté the jackfruit before your guests arrive. Reheat when you’re ready to serve!

Healthy Game Day Recipes - Kale Guacamole

Kale Guacamole

What’s a game day celebration without guac? This easy kale version is just as delicious as the classic recipe, with the added nutritional benefits of hearty greens. A little lime, cilantro, cumin, and jalapeño boost the flavor here, making this a spicy, addictive dip!

Healthy Game Day Recipes - Sweet Potato Chili Fries

Sweet Potato Chili Fries

These big, cozy sweet potato wedges smothered in vegan chili are what I’m craving this weekend. If you’re not vegan, I recommend drizzling the tangy yogurt sauce on top, but if you are, the crunchy slaw and sliced avocado make a great topping on their own.

Healthy Game Day Recipes - Vegan 7-Layer Dip

Vegan Seven Layer Dip

This recipe is a riff on my mom’s old Tex-Mex dip recipe, which I loved growing up. This healthier version is every bit as crave-worthy, made with spiced quinoa, refried beans, guac, cashew cream, and plenty of veggies. Serve with tortilla chips, and dig in!

Healthy Game Day Recipes - Vegan Stuffed Potato Skins

Healthier (Vegan) Stuffed Potato Skins

When I developed this recipe for the Superbowl last year, I took a big step out of my sweet potato comfort zone by using Russet potatoes. After I tried these crispy potato skins loaded with black bean salad, sunflower sour cream, and coconut bacon, I didn’t look back. Healthier than your classic potato skin, but every bit as delicious.

Healthy Game Day Recipes - Kale Quinoa Veggie Quesadillas

Quinoa Kale Veggie Quesadillas

These veggie quesadillas are a super simple, super fun game day dish! Quinoa gives them texture and extra protein, jack cheese binds them together, and tomatillo salsa makes them spicy and bright. Yum!

Healthy Game Day Recipes - Grilled Avocados Stuffed with Veggie Ceviche

Grilled Avocados Stuffed with Veggie Ceviche

Never tried grilling avocados? This weekend’s the time. Grill halves to charred perfection, and stuff them full of zesty veggie ceviche made of hearts of palm, tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and serranos. If it’s too cold for you to grill outside, you can grill up these avocados on a grill pan!

Healthy Game Day Recipes - Mini Stuffed Peppers with Pineapple Salsa

Mini Stuffed Peppers with Pineapple Salsa

I love stuffed peppers, and I love all things mini, so of course I love these mini vegan stuffed peppers filled with cilantro lime rice & pineapple salsa. You can serve these peppers with smoky chipotle beans as a main course, but on their own, they’d be an adorable game day appetizer.

Healthy Game Day Recipes - Portobello Fajita Burrito Bowls

Portobello Fajita Burrito Bowls

If you want to forget it’s winter outside, make these bowls this weekend. They’re incredibly easy to put together – just brush portobello caps with adobo sauce and grill them alongside sliced bell peppers. Pile your veggies into bowls with an easy guac, simple chipotle beans, and pineapple salsa for a fun game day meal.

Healthy Game Day Recipes - Mango Black Bean Tacos

Spicy Mango, Black Bean, and Avocado Tacos

These spicy mango tacos are SO fun and SO simple. Just stuff tortillas with mango, chili-spiced black beans, shredded cabbage for crunch, avocado for creaminess, and an irresistible 2-ingredient spicy mayo. You end up with sweet/tangy/spicy tacos that you’ll want to make (and eat) again and again.

Healthy Game Day Recipes - Cheesy Cauliflower Party Dip

Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Party Dip

If you loved the cauliflower nachos above, you have to give this baked cheesy dip a try. To make it, blend together cauliflower, garlic, Greek yogurt, and Dijon. Your guests will never guess this creamy, tangy dip is packed with veggies!

Game Day Recipes - Veggie Burger

Best Darn Vegan Veggie Burger

There’s a good reason this veggie burger recipe was one of the most popular on Love & Lemons in 2018. These burgers are savory, smoky, and hearty, made with portobellos and shiitakes, walnuts, brown rice, balsamic, tamari, and smoked paprika. Top them with your favorite fixings, and enjoy!

Happy Superbowl-watching, and stay warm!



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  1. Bell

    Portobello Fajita Burrito Bowls is my all time favorite recipe. I love all recipes from your blogs. I have tried many and successful in making delicious food.


  2. Emily from

    All of these look amazing! Thank you so much for the different healthy options! The Sweet Potato Chili Fries look the best!!! Can’t wait to cook up a storm!

  3. Georgia

    All looks so good!! Will you make them all and ship them to me? Just kidding! Although I really wish you could.

  4. Rachel

    Such a nice post… Healthy n yummy food I love your blog recipes.

  5. Sabrina

    so much healthy inspiration, thank you, nice to offer these to guests, at least some of them, so that it’s not all junk food

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