Each October Mr. Mom’s Kitchen makes a pilgrimage to the great state of Texas for the annual match up of the Oklahoma Sooners against the Texas Longhorns. He eats very bad food, gets a sunburn, loses his voice, and judging from his breath when he arrives home, takes in his weight in cheap beer.

This year is different: He’s not making the trek Southeast for the big event, but staying local. I imagine he will still put back a few beers, will likely sneak Doritos into my living room, and will certainly hoop and holler himself voiceless. But I’ve gathered together  21 healthier game day recipes that fill the bill for party fare, without the post-party heartburn.

What do you cook up on game day?

Appetizers

Healthier Homemade Ranch / momskitchenhandbook.com

HEALTHIER HOMEMADE RANCH 

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MOROCCAN CARROT HUMMUS

Easy Guacamole

EASY GUACAMOLE

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LAYERED LENTIL NACHOS

Simple deviled eggs

SO SIMPLE DEVILED EGGS

Stovetop Sriracha Lime Popcorn

SRIRACHA LIME POPCORN

Mains

DIY Grilled Cheese Bar

DIY GRILLED CHEESE BAR

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CRISPY AVOCADO TACOS

Healthier Walking Taco / momskitchenhandbook.com

WALKING TACOS

Lighter Pulled Pork Sandwich by Mom's Kitchen Handbook

SLOW COOKER PULLED PORK SANDWICHES WITH APPLE CABBAGE SLAW

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GREEK PIZZA WITH POURABLE PIZZA CRUST

Creamy Carrot Mac and Cheese /momskitchenhandbook.com

CREAMY CARROT MAC AND CHEESE 

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CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

Tex Mex Skillet Supper / www.momskitchenhandbook.com

CHEESY TEX MEX SKILLET SUPPER

Parmesan Panko Chicken Tenders / momskitchenhandbook.com

PARMESAN PANKO CHICKEN TENDERS 

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SLOW COOKER INDIAN TACOS

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SLOW COOKER BUTTERNUT SQUASH CHILI 

Sweets 

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WHOLE LOTTA LOVE BARS

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes / momskitchenhandbook.com

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI CUPCAKES

Chocolate Chip Makeover Cookies

TOLL HOUSE  “MAKEOVER” COOKIES

Chewy Cheerioats Bars /momskitchenhandbook.com

CHEWY CHOCOLATEY CHEERIOATS BARS

21 healthier game day recipes