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10 Paleo Recipes for the Ultimate Super Bowl Feast

author image Arthur Bovino
Expert restaurant, food media, and travel writer with strong opinions about pizza, bagels, and sushi who has mastered the art of pinning chefs against critics with his own rating system. Arthur is the managing editor for online indie food site Previously, he was the executive editor and a founding editor for The Daily Meal, one of the highest-trafficked food sites. A trained cook with experience reporting at The New York Times, Arthur has written for Travel + Leisure, Fodor’s, Rough Guides and Time Out and has appeared on New York One and the TODAY Show.

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10 Paleo Recipes for the Ultimate Super Bowl Feast
Super Bowl parties don't have to wreck your eating plan. Photo Credit: Arthur Bovino

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.

1. Salt and Pepper Oven-Baked Wings
Wings are a classic Super Bowl party food. Photo Credit: Arthur Bovino

1 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.

Related: Full Recipe: Salt and Pepper Oven-Baked Wings

2. Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
A comforting dish that is filling and fulfilling. Photo Credit: Arthur Bovino

2 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.

Related: Full Recipe: Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

3. Mushroom and Bell Pepper Beef Kebabs
Kebabs are a classic Super Bowl party food. Photo Credit: Arthur Bovino

3 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.

Related: Full Recipe: Mushroom and Bell Pepper Beef Kebabs

4. Slow-Cooker Brisket
Put the slow-cooker to good use on game day. Photo Credit: Arthur Bovino

4 Slow-Cooker Brisket

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.

Related: Full Recipe: Slow-Cooker Brisket

5. Meatballs and Gravy
Baking meatballs is a healthier way to cook these crowd favorites. Photo Credit: Arthur Bovino

5 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.

Related: Full Recipe: Meatballs and Gravy

6. Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms
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6 Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

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!

Related: Full Recipe: Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

7. Baked Chicken Nuggets
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7 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!

Related: Full Recipe: Baked Chicken Nuggets

8. Ham-and-Egg Cups
These treats can double as a protein-heavy breakfast meal. Photo Credit: Arthur Bovino

8 Ham-and-Egg Cups

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.

Related: Full Recipe: Ham-and-Egg Cups

9. Orange Chicken and Cauliflower Rice
Sweet and sour chicken is a game-day must have. Photo Credit: Arthur Bovino

9 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.

Related: Full Recipe: Orange Chicken and Cauliflower Rice

10. Kale, Dried Cherry and Marcona Almonds Salad
This sweet and crunchy salad won't get soggy during the game. Photo Credit: Arthur Bovino

10 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.

Related: Full Recipe: Kale, Dried Cherry and Marcona Almonds Salad

What Do YOU Think?
A fan favorite, no party is complete without guacamole. Photo Credit: bhofack2/iStock/Getty Images

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.

Related: How to Make Healthy Game-Day Potluck Fare

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