10 Paleo Recipes for the Ultimate Super Bowl Feast
Last Updated: Feb 02, 2017
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With the Super Bowl right around the corner, we’re celebrating with all things food. From baked wings to stuffed mushrooms, we’re bringing our A game with these 10 Paleo recipes. Consisting of muscle-building protein and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, the Paleo diet seeks to replicate what the cavemen ate. It also excludes processed foods for better gut health and decreased inflammation. So go ahead and skip the store-bought chips and whip up one of these recipes instead. No matter which team you’re rooting for, everyone will feel like a champion after eating these healthy recipes.
SALT AND PEPPER OVEN-BAKED WINGS
Wings are the classic party food, but the time-honored tradition of frying them in oil and coating them in butter isn’t exactly healthy. Here’s the great news: You can skip the fryer and butter and still get your wing fix. Steaming the wings first (use a stovetop steamer basket, microwave steam bags or oven-steam them in a foil packet) can also render their fat, decreasing their total calories.
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SWEET POTATO SHEPHERD’S PIE
Sweet potatoes can be a controversial ingredient when it comes to the Paleo diet. It all depends on your personal preference. Some practitioners avoid potatoes altogether, saying they’re high in sugar and that they weren’t available 10,000 years ago. Then there are those who follow a Paleo diet that’s been modified to include potatoes. If you fall into the latter camp, this sweet potato riff on the classic winter comfort food is a great way to get your shepherd’s pie fix. Sweet potatoes burst with vitamins A and C, and are a good source of potassium and fiber.
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MUSHROOM AND BELL PEPPER BEEF KEBABS
There’s something about meat cooking over a fire that feels so wonderfully primal. These grilled kebabs feature chuck roast, mushrooms, zucchini and bell peppers. They take just 11 minutes to make, but taste incredibly delicious. If you’re using wood skewers, be sure to soak them in water for half an hour. This prevents the skewers from catching fire, which would be a definite — and dangerous — game-day foul.
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Brisket (the breast or lower chest of the steer) is a cut that requires a long cooking time, but it yields a tender, tasty reward. It’s no wonder that brisket makes a classic tailgating dish that’s perfectly suited for Super Bowl Sunday. But good as a smoked brisket is, it can require lots of attention and time, so try making this dish in your slow cooker instead. Start the night before or early Sunday morning.
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MEATBALLS AND GRAVY
If you’ve invited over a ton of guests this Sunday, treat them to this easy meatballs-and-gravy dish. While many meatball recipes rely on breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese to provide flavor and moisture, you can skip these Paleo no-nos in favor of egg and shredded carrots. A little almond flour in lieu of the breadcrumbs adds body to the meatballs.
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Incredibly low in calories, button mushrooms can help boost your immune system and fight heart disease. Their mild and delicate flavor also makes it the perfect complement to sausage. To prepare this dish, simply remove the stems from the mushrooms. Then saute crumbled sausage with minced garlic, onions and red bell pepper. Add the sausage mixture to the mushroom “cups,” bake and enjoy!
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BAKED CHICKEN NUGGETS
Chicken nuggets are typically breaded, battered and deep-fried, which make them unhealthy and incompatible with the Paleo diet. But that’s not the case with our version. We’re making our recipe with chicken breast dusted with tapioca powder and dipped in an egg-based batter. Simply crisp them in the oven for about 14 minutes, and voila — chicken nuggets you can actually eat!
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These easy snack cups can be easily made in about an hour. The classic morning combination of ham and eggs works just as well as a Paleo snack to lay out on the table by the TV for those who don’t want to miss a moment of the action, whether that means fourth and inches or a classic commercial in the making. Each one of these cups can be flavored with additional vegetables for variety. They only cost you about 100 calories each.
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ORANGE CHICKEN AND CAULIFLOWER RICE
Orange chicken, meet rice — cauliflower rice, that is. Sweet, sour and a little bit spicy, orange chicken is the classic American-Chinese fast-food dish. But we’re making our version without the breading or the white rice. And even though the ingredient list is somewhat lengthy, this dish is actually fairly easy to make. Don’t forget to garnish the finished dish with orange zest and sliced green onions for an extra pop of flavor and color.
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KALE, DRIED CHERRY AND MARCONA ALMONDS SALAD
Every party needs a salad — even a Super Bowl party. And since the average Super Bowl lasts about three-and-a-half hours, you’ll need something that’s going to be able to stand up to its dressing and all the time it will be out at room temperature. Kale, an excellent source of fiber and magnesium, is the perfect fit. This hardy leafy green is strong enough that you could keep it dressed for up to a day (though we doubt it’ll last that long). This delicious salad bursts with dried cherries and crunchy marcona almonds.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK?
What are some of your favorite Super Bowl foods to make? Are you a fan of the Paleo diet? Which of these recipes would you try? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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