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Over 50 Healthy Game Day Recipes


The big game is just two weeks away and I couldn’t be more excited to make all of the delicious game day recipes, watch the commercials, aaand that’s it.

Can we all agree that the best part of game day is the food? That’s why I put together 50 incredible, healthy game day recipes for you that are guaranteed crowd-pleasers — even if you’re crowd is small this year. Whether it’s you and a roommate or some family members, all of these recipes are adaptable for anyone and everyone.

I included a mix of easy slow cooker recipes, plenty of gluten free and vegetarian game day recipes, delicious finger foods and my absolute favorite desserts. Oh yes, there are even some fun, reader-favorite salads that people will want to add to their snack plates!

Take a scroll, make your game day menu, and even make some fun snacks with friends virtually! If you make any of these be sure to share a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #ambitiouskitchen and in our Facebook group. Enjoy, xoxo!

V = Vegan

GF = Gluten free

Veg. = Vegetarian

chicken enchilada dip in a skillet with a wooden spoon


Bubbly Hot Chicken Enchilada Bean Dip GF

Hot Honey & Basil Pepperoni Pizza Dip GF

Creamy Jalapeño Spinach Artichoke Dip Veg., GF

Vegan Jalapeño Butternut Squash Queso V, GF

Garlic Olive Oil Dip V, GF

Bleu Cheese Yogurt Dip Veg., GF

Whipped Feta Yogurt Dip with Hot Honey, Basil & Toasted Almonds Veg., GF

Vegetarian Three Cheese White Bean Buffalo Dip Veg., GF

Roasted Garlic Tahini Carrot Dip Veg., GF

Sweet and Spicy Curry Hummus V, GF

Spicy Green Cashew Dip V, GF

Easy + Cheesy Southwest Bean Dip GF

Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus V, GF

Black Bean, Corn and Quinoa Enchilada Bake (or dip!) Veg., GF

Fresh & Healthy 7-Layer Dip Veg., GF

Cilantro Pistachio Pesto Hummus V, GF

Garlic White Bean Basil Hummus V, GF

The Best Guacamole You’ll Ever Eat V, GF

Roasted Beet Hummus V, GF

Tony’s Ridiculously Easy Homemade Salsa V, GF

Roasted Garlic Hummus V, GF

Get all of our delicious dip recipes here.

ricotta and pear crostini with arugula and nut mixture on a platter

Breads & crostini

Ricotta and Pear Crostini with Salty Pumpkin Seed Pistachio Crunch GF

Smoked Salmon Crostini GF

Gluten Free Cornbread Muffins Veg., GF

Pear, Walnut & Cheddar Puff Pastry Tart Veg.

Apple & Brie Crostini with Hot Honey Veg., GF

Grilled Crostini with Roasted Cherries, Goat Cheese & Basil Veg., GF

The Best Garlic Bread You’ll Ever Eat Veg.

The Best Fluffy Moist Cornbread Recipe Ever Veg.

White Cheddar Brussels Sprouts & Pistachio Crostini with Hot Honey Veg.

healthy buffalo chicken meatballs drizzled with bleu cheese dressing

Fun finger foods

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with Bleu Cheese Yogurt Dip GF

Tortilla Chip-Crusted Baked Jalapeño Poppers Veg., GF

Crispy Smashed Potatoes V, GF

Greek Salad Pinwheels Veg., GF

Cauliflower Tots Veg., GF

10-Minute Smoked Salmon Pinwheels GF

Scallion Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Mushrooms Veg., GF

Vegetarian Plantain & Black Bean Taco Cups Veg., GF

How to Make a Charcuterie Board (Two Different Ways!) V, GF

Homemade Crispy Baked Fish Sticks (kid & toddler-friendly!)

Bacon Wrapped Dark Chocolate & Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates GF

Tofu Vegan Nachos With Cashew Cheese Sauce V, GF

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Plantains GF

Jalapeño-Goat Cheese Grilled Stuffed Mini Peppers Veg., GF

italian chopped salad with brussels sprouts in a bowl


Italian Chopped Brussels Sprouts Salad GF

Sesame Chicken Cabbage Crunch Salad GF

Herby Olive Italian Orzo Salad Veg.

Famous Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad V, GF

15-Minute Healthy Moroccan Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad GF

Roasted Carrot Cauliflower Quinoa Salad with Sunshine Dressing V, GF

Vegan Caesar Salad V, GF

The Easiest Chopped Greek Chickpea Salad Veg. GF

Grilled Carrot Arugula Salad with Fig, Goat Cheese & Avocado GF

Spicy Cashew Thai Chickpea Broccoli Salad V, GF

Gaby’s Chicken Taco Salad GF

Chickpea Apple Broccoli Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing Veg. GF

Brussels Sprouts Kale Honeycrisp Apple Salad with Maple Cider Dressing V, GF

Vegan Curried Broccoli Chickpea Salad V, GF

Cashew Crunch Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad V, GF

Get all of our salad recipes here.

fresh grapefruit margarita in a glass

Party drinks

Grapefruit Margarita

Rebecca’s Pomegranate Margarita

Monique’s Naughty & Nice Holiday Punch

Apple Cider Hot Toddy

Spicy Blood Orange Margarita

Rebecca’s Mulled Wine

Get all of our cocktail recipes here!

healthy turkey chili in a bowl topped with avocado and tortilla chips

Chili, stew & slow cooker favs

The Best Healthy Turkey Chili GF

Ultimate Chili-Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins GF

Homemade Slow Cooker Baked Beans GF

Actually, the Best Vegetarian Chili Ever V, GF

Mom’s Slow Cooker Beef Stew GF

Healthy White Chicken Chili GF

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy BBQ Cranberry Turkey Meatballs GF

Slow Cooker White Wine Chicken Stew

Get even more chilis & stews here, and all of our slow cooker favs here.

slow cooker pulled chicken sandwich with slaw on top

Burgers, sandwiches & tacos

Incredible Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches GF

Chipotle Lime Salmon Tacos with Corn Avocado Peach Salsa & Cilantro Yogurt Sauce GF

Jalapeño Curry Turkey Burgers GF

Sheet Pan Roasted Veggie Tacos (with yummy sauce options!) V, GF

Avocado Buffalo Chickpea Salad Wraps V, GF

30 Minute Healthier Turkey Sloppy Joes with Homemade Sauce! GF

Grilled Tahini Chicken Caesar Sandwiches GF

Buffalo Zucchini Chicken Burgers GF

Freezer-Friendly Green Chile Chicken Burritos GF

Amazing Slow Cooker Turkey Tacos GF

Seriously Good Sweet Potato Cheddar BBQ Chicken Burgers GF

Jalapeño Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Crema Veg., GF

Moroccan-Spiced Turkey Burgers with Creamy Feta Sauce GF

Check out all of our sandwiches here, and burgers here!

buffalo cauliflower mac and cheese in a baking dish with a spoon

Pasta & rice dishes

Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Veg., GF

One Pan Lightened Up Hamburger Helper GF

Kickin’ Vegan Taco Pasta with Sweet Corn Veg., GF

Pesto Mushroom Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups GF

Buffalo Mac and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Boats GF

Spinach Bacon Pumpkin Mac and Cheese GF

The Best Healthy Turkey Lasagna You’ll Ever Eat

Stovetop Southwest Tuna Mac and Cheese GF

Mom’s Authentic Puerto Rican Rice and Beans V, GF

Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese V, GF

Cozy Roasted Vegetable Butternut Squash Lasagna Veg., GF

Get even more noodles & pasta recipes here.

cornflake baked chicken on a plate

Easy chicken recipes

Hot Honey Bangin’ Crunchy Cornflake Baked Chicken

Grilled Sesame Chicken GF

Easy Spatchcock Chicken GF

Baked or Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken (with the best honey mustard marinade!) GF

The Best Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets GF

Grilled Jalapeño Cilantro Chicken GF

Better Than Chipotle DIY Chicken Burrito Bowls GF

Baked Paleo Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Dip GF

Spicy Honey Crispy Baked Chicken Wings + 10 Healthy Football Snacks

You’ll find all of our chicken recipes here.

vegetarian sweet potato black bean enchiladas in a pan

Comfort food favs

Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas with Avocado Lime Crema Veg., GF

White Chicken Chili Pie with Pumpkin Cornbread Crust GF

Healthy Enchilada Chicken & Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers GF

How to Make the Best Cauliflower Pizza Crust Veg., GF

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins GF

Skinny Refried Bean & Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Enchilada Sauce GF

Chipotle Black Bean Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole Veg., GF

Buffalo Tuna Melt Stuffed Peppers GF

Spicy Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sour Cream Sauce GF

Find all AK comfort food recipes here.

peanut butter cup s'mores chocolate cookie on parchment paper


Peanut Butter Cup S’mores Chocolate Cookies

Grain Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies GF

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cream Pies with Fluffy Peanut Butter Filling

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

The Best Paleo Chocolate Chunk Cookies GF

Healthier Flourless Monster Cookies GF

Coffee Tahini Date Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

Grain Free Peanut Butter Cup Cookies GF

The Best Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies You’ll Ever Eat

Grain Free Cinnamon Roll Cookies GF

White Chocolate Macadamia Snickerdoodles

Salted Brown Butter Coffee Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Grain Free Snowball Cookies GF

Blow Ya Mind Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies V, GF

Get all of our amazing cookie recipes here.

monster cookie bars sliced on parchment paper

Brownies & bars

Tahini Monster Cookie Bars GF

Healthy Peanut Butter Twix Bars V, GF

Fudgy Almond Butter Blondies GF

Salted Tahini Caramel Millionaire Bars V, GF

Vegan Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Bars V, GF

Grain Free Tahini Brownies (The Best Brownies I’ve Ever Eaten!) GF

Fudgy Flourless Almond Butter Brownies GF

Ooey-Gooey Tahini S’mores Bars GF

Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies V, GF

Paleo Chocolate Chip Tahini Blondies GF

Healthy Lemon Bars GF

Ooey-Gooey Salted Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Bars GF

Find more brownies & bar recipes here.

tahini cookie dough bites on a platter

No bake treats

Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites V, GF

Monster Cookie Energy Bites V, GF

Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats V, GF

No Bake High Protein Peanut Butter Cereal Bars V, GF

Healthy 4-Ingredient Reese’s Eggs V, GF

Paleo No Bake Cookie Dough Truffles V, GF

The Best Chocolate Hummus V, GF

No Bake Superfood Brownies V, GF

Birthday Cake Rice Krispie Treats

Get all of our no bake desserts here.

If you make any of these healthy game day recipes be sure to head to the recipe to leave a rating & a comment. I really appreciate it — xoxo!


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