Paleo Friendly Game Day Recipes

Who else LOVES football? I love all types of football: flag, powderpuff, high school, college, NFL, Fantasy- all of it! As previously discussed, I also LOVE food. For me, football season has always been the slow slide of weight gain into the holiday season culminating in substantial poundage added to my frame every year by the time we roll into Super Bowl Weekend. Since having the babies and really, really trying to commit to clean eating, football season and all the goodies that come with it presents its own challenges.  To spare my friends and family from any hanger outbursts, I’m taking on the menu planning this football season. To get inspiration, I turned to everyone’s favorite recipe finder: Pinterest to find the best and most indulgent Paleo Friendly Game Day Recipes the internet has to offer

A fair warning, though: just because a Pin’s caption reads “paleo” or “clean” or something of the like doesn’t necessarily mean that it is. Most of these recipes will be found on personal blogs like mine run by authors who aren’t clean eating experts or dietitians. I like to reference commonly recognized Paleo resources like thepaleodiet.com to determine if certain ingredients are actually paleo compliant.   

This previous weekend I tried out a few new recipes that I’ve adapted from some of my favorite Pins. They were all a hit with even the most wary member of my sampling team. You will notice that some of my recipes have a “sprinkling” of cheese added to them to further the intrigue of my sampling team. As the season progresses I plan to fade out all ingredients that are not paleo approved to get them all fully on board.

First up, BLT Broiled Tomatoes. These tomatoes are a great way to start any game day off. They are amazingly flavorful and have won the affection of my no-tomato-eating husband!

Broiled BLT Tomatoes
Serves 4
Delicious bacon stuffed tomatoes
Write a review
Print
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
694 calories
6 g
99 g
64 g
24 g
17 g
192 g
1194 g
3 g
0 g
45 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
192g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 694
Calories from Fat 569
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 64g
99%
Saturated Fat 17g
85%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 16g
Monounsaturated Fat 29g
Cholesterol 99mg
33%
Sodium 1194mg
50%
Total Carbohydrates 6g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 3g
Protein 24g
Vitamin A
21%
Vitamin C
24%
Calcium
71%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 carton plum tomatoes
  2. 1/2 cup paleo mayo
  3. 1 package cooked and crumbled nitrate-free bacon
  4. 1 bunch chopped green onions
  5. salt and pepper to taste
  6. sprinkling Parmesan cheese (optional)
  7. For Paleo Mayo
  8. 1/2 cup lite olive oil (not extra virgin)
  9. 1 egg
  10. juice of 1/2 lemon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. for the paleo mayo
  3. combine ingredients in small bowl
  4. pulse with emulsion or hand held blender on low for one minute until desired consistency
  5. Prep tomatoes
  6. wash tomatoes and cut off tops
  7. use knife or corer to clean out tomatoes
  8. discard seeds and pulp
  9. season cleaned and prepped tomatoes with salt and pepper in baking dish
  10. for the stuffing
  11. add mayo, crumbled bacon, chopped onions to mixing bowl and stir to combine
  12. spoon about 1TBLS stuffing mixture to each tomato. The tomatoes should be completely filled with stuffing.
  13. If you want to add a little cheese for your non-paleo folks, sprinkle Parmesan over filled tomatoes
  14. Place tomatoes in oven for 5 minutes
  15. After finished cooking, broil until brown and bubbly
  16. ENJOY!
Notes
  1. These broiled blt tomatoes are amazingly flavorful and make a great two-bite treat!
beta
calories
694
fat
64g
protein
24g
carbs
6g
more
The Hungry Mommy http://thehungrymommy.com/

Next, Paleo Buffalo Chicken Dip. This dip is THE BOMB. Everyone that tasted it agreed that it’s good enough to be eaten on top of a salad as a main course. Our family plans to test out that recipe this week!

Paleo Buffalo Chicken Dip
Serves 8
This guilt-free dip will satisfy your need for buffalo while keeping your diet on track
Write a review
Print
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
303 calories
2 g
53 g
29 g
9 g
5 g
83 g
214 g
1 g
0 g
24 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
83g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 303
Calories from Fat 259
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g
45%
Saturated Fat 5g
25%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 53mg
18%
Sodium 214mg
9%
Total Carbohydrates 2g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
2%
Sugars 1g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
6%
Calcium
4%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 Chicken Breasts, cooked and diced
  2. 1/2 c. paleo mayo, recipe below
  3. 1 package ranch seasoning
  4. 1/2 c. favorite buffalo sauce
  5. salt and pepper to taste
  6. sprinkling sharp cheddar cheese (optional)
  7. celery for dipping
  8. For Mayo
  9. 1/2 c. lite olive oil (not extra virgin)
  10. 1 egg
  11. juice of 1/2 lemon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. For Mayo
  3. combine ingredients into small bowl
  4. blend with emulsion or hand blender on low until desire consistency, about 30 seconds
  5. For Dip
  6. add all ingredients to baking dish and mix until well combined
  7. add sharp cheddar cheese to top of mixture
  8. bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes
  9. Serve with celery, carrots, or favorite chips (cheater!)
Notes
  1. Enjoy this delicious Buffalo Chicken dip with celery and carrots to keep it paleo. If you're nice (nicer than me) you can offer the traditional tortilla chips for your friends!
beta
calories
303
fat
29g
protein
9g
carbs
2g
more
The Hungry Mommy http://thehungrymommy.com/
We couldn’t have a football day without meatballs in our house. You won’t feel like you are sacrificing at all with these bad boys.

Paleo Friendly Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs w/ Marinara Sauce
Serves 5
These meatballs are the very definition of set it and forget it. Throw these babies in the crock pot and go!
Write a review
Print
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 20 min
336 calories
15 g
122 g
18 g
28 g
7 g
363 g
254 g
9 g
1 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
363g
Servings
5
Amount Per Serving
Calories 336
Calories from Fat 163
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
28%
Saturated Fat 7g
34%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 122mg
41%
Sodium 254mg
11%
Total Carbohydrates 15g
5%
Dietary Fiber 3g
12%
Sugars 9g
Protein 28g
Vitamin A
11%
Vitamin C
62%
Calcium
10%
Iron
25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1.5 lbs ground red meat (I used lean beef)
  2. 1 diced green bell pepper
  3. 1 diced sweet onion
  4. 1 egg
  5. 4 cloves minced garlic
  6. 4 TBLS Italian seasoning, divided
  7. 1 TBLS olive oil
  8. 28 oz. crushed tomatoes-- I LOVE San Marzano tomatoes. Trust me, the flavor and texture are worth the extra price
  9. 12 oz. tomato sauce
  10. grated Parmesan
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat
  2. add garlic and cook until slightly brown
  3. saute diced bell pepper and onion in olive oil until onions are translucent
  4. reserve half veggie for meatballs, half for marinara sauce
  5. Add crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce to slow cooker, mix well
  6. add 2TBLS Italian seasoning and half cooked veggies to sauce mixture and stir together
Meatballs
  1. Add meat, half cooked veggies and garlic, egg, 2TBLS Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper, and Parmesan using cheese to large mixing bowl and mix together with hands
  2. mix until ingredients are well mingled
  3. form mixture into 2 inch balls and place in skillet on high heat
  4. brown meatballs on each side- about 2 minutes per side
  5. Add browned meatballs to slow cooker with marinara sauce
  6. cook on low 2-4 hours
Notes
  1. To enjoy these paleo italian meatballs as a main course keep it paleo by sauteing up a quick batch of zucchini noodles!
beta
calories
336
fat
18g
protein
28g
carbs
15g
more
The Hungry Mommy http://thehungrymommy.com/
These recipes have me feeling pretty optimistic about my chances of making it out of this season with my waistline in tact. What are you all cooking up for your football get togethers?