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Joy Bauer shares her Super Bowl recipes for a healthier game day

In this game, nutrition and flavor both come out on top.

Get ready to score big with the real MVP of the Super Bowl: the food! Tackle your hunger with these superfood Super Bowl recipes. On the menu, we’ve got mouthwatering cheeseburger meatballs, plant-based tacos, lentil sloppy Joes with scoops and the creamiest Buffalo chicken bell pepper nachos. It’s game time — and flavor is taking the lead.

Buffalo Chicken Bell Pepper Nachos 

buffalo chicken bell pepper nachos

Introducing a game-changing addition to your Super Bowl spread: the creamiest Buffalo chicken salad served on bell pepper “chips.” Picture this: tender shredded chicken bathed in a rich Greek yogurt (or light sour cream, if you’re not a yogurt fan) and hot sauce concoction, generously heaped onto vibrant bell pepper quarters, then topped with a big-hearted sprinkling of cheese. As they bake, the cheese turns ooey-gooey-melty good, while a final drizzle of hot sauce adds an extra kick most definitely worth more than three points.

Plant-Based Tacos

Plant-based tacos
Joy Bauer

While I often use ground turkey for my taco filling, this plant-forward recipe is hearty, delicious and incredibly satisfying. I combine lentils, black beans and walnuts for a meaty texture and a dose of fiber and phytonutrients. Set up a taco station with all the fixings — hard or soft taco shells, crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, onions, sweet corn, fiery jalapenos, creamy avocado and tangy salsa — for a customizable feast that’ll leave everyone cheering.

Lentil Sloppy Joes with Scoops

lentil sloppy joes
Joy Bauer

Whether you’re cheering for your favorite team or simply enjoying game day festivities, these lentil sloppy Joes are guaranteed to be a hit with everyone. It’s a plant-based twist on a classic, and packed with protein and fiber thanks to the lentils. It’s the perfect addition to your grub-based game plan.

Score a touchdown with these tasty little balls made with seasoned ground sirloin (or ground turkey) and sharp cheddar cheese. They are uniquely delicious and make a fun appetizer or main meal for your Super Bowl bash. (They are always a hit at the Bauer residence.) Skewer them on toothpicks with cheeseburger fixings like lettuce, red onion, pickle chips and tomatoes, or pile three of them on a sub roll for the ultimate hearty sandwich. We like to serve them with ketchup or mustard, or with our special sauce, which is a simple combination of equal parts ketchup and light mayo.