Frugal, Real Food Super Bowl Ideas
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.
Goals for this List:
- 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
- Real food (ish)
- Frugal – The least expensive real food items available, and no weird ingredients that you can only find at a health food store
- Allergy-friendly ideas
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:
- Tortilla Chips & Salsa – Aldi and Costco have great prices on organic or non-GMO tortilla chips.
- Veggie Tray & Hummus or Real Food Ranch Dip
- Try the cheapest hummus recipe ever
- Mediterranean Platter
- Egg & Cheese Muffins – Make into mini muffins for an easy, cheesy snack
- Sausage balls made with 4-ingredient sausage – Cleaner ingredients, and you can use turkey to make it even more lean and frugal
- Slow Cooker Taco Dip – With a meat-free option
- Mostly Meatless Nacho Dip – Easy dish to make all vegetarian and vegan if you need
- Mix-in-the-Pan Oat & Berry Bars – 2 Versions, vegan (and more frugal), or made with butter
- Apple Crisp Bars
- Rolls – Made with Easiest Bread Ever
- Brownies – Egg-less and Dairy-free versions!
- Cheese & Crackers – Crackers can be hard to find “real food”, and I’m not the type to tell you to make them yourself (even though they’re delicious). Costco and Aldi have some gluten-free varieties that are reasonably priced!
- No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
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.
What You Can Do Now:
Are you hosting a Super Bowl party?
- Choose 3-5 snacks from the list above to use at your party.
- 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?
- Choose one of these ideas, and write down the ingredients you’ll need.
- TIP: I keep my grocery list as a note on my phone so I’m less likely to leave the list at home.