Frugal, Real Food Super Bowl Ideas

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Trying to eat clean, stay in budget, or accommodate food allergies? These frugal, real food, allergy-friendly snacks are perfect for the Super Bowl or any Game Day! Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, egg-free, vegetarian ideas. From


Are you the person who goes to the Super Bowl for the football or for the food?

Because that’s a thing.

You know which you are. If you’re the food type, you don’t even know which teams are playing until just after you arrive to the party. More likely, you’ll look it up real quick in the driveway, because you don’t want to look like a poser.

However, you have some tells that will give you away throughout the night. During the actual game, you wander over to the snack table, only to rush back when someone shouts “Commercials!” (a Super Bowl tradition that’s a courtesy to everyone else who is also there for the food.)

When everyone else erupts into moans or cheers, you join, but have to concentrate really hard during the replay so you can comment about it to your neighbor. The reality is, you weren’t paying attention before the eruption.

You don’t need me to tell you that you’re only attending the Super Bowl party for the food. You know that about yourself. I know that about myself.

While the real football fans are obsessing over stats, we’re planning the menu and looking up recipes. And that’s okay. We all have our roles and contributions. The football fans make sure we get to have a party. You make sure the party is awesome – especially for everyone else who only cares about the food.

Maybe this year is a little different. Maybe this year you’re trying to eat a little cleaner or keep the snacks more frugal. Or maybe you or someone attending has food allergies. I have some great ideas for that.

Here’s the thing though. We’re not trying to win an award for the healthiest Super Bowl party. That would be a lame party. And a Super Bowl without sausage balls is not one I’m interested in attending.


Amazing eggless brownies - taste greta with whole wheat or spelt flour!


Goals for this List:

  1. Nothing cutesy – This isn’t the Pinterest Mom blog. I’m not going to share football-shaped calzones or a veggie tray that looks like a stadium
  2. Real food (ish)
  3. Frugal – The least expensive real food items available, and no weird ingredients that you can only find at a health food store
  4. Allergy-friendly ideas
  5. Easy

You can make it as expensive and healthy as you like. Use organic celery or conventional. Whatever works with your budget. Remember, you get to be the boss of your kitchen and your food!

Here’s the list.

Frugal, Real Food, Super Bowl Snacks:

The next few days, I’ll share my favorite recipes for real food, frugal, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Nachos, and Creamy  Salsa Dip. Whether you’re the person who only cares about the food, or you’re the rare, fun unicorn who loves both the food and the game, these ideas help you eat healthily, frugally, and accommodate multiple allergies.


5-Minute Egg & Cheese Muffins - These easy, frugal "muffins" are protein-packed, gluten-free, Make-Ahead and Freezer-Friendly. Also - very DELICIOUS.


What You Can Do Now:

Are you hosting a Super Bowl party?

  1. Choose 3-5 snacks from the list above to use at your party.
  2. Check the ingredients lists and write down what you’ll need to have on hand to make them.

That’s it! You’re all set until the week before the party.

Are you bringing a dish to a party?

  1. Choose one of these ideas, and write down the ingredients you’ll need.
  2. TIP: I keep my grocery list as a note on my phone so I’m less likely to leave the list at home.


2 thoughts on “Frugal, Real Food Super Bowl Ideas”

  • Perfect timing! I left out some meat to thaw for dinner and forgot it on the counter all night. Grrr. Plan B: meatless slow cooker taco dip. I’m also happy that these are truly frugal options. I get tired of all the frugal claims for recipes that recommend grass-fed beef! pastured chickens! free-range everything! 🙂

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