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7 Recipes for Guilt Free Game Day Appetizers

Sept. 17, 2021

Update your game day menu with these healthy appetizers that pair Mission’s Better for You products with classic bite-sized fare.

Hosting a crew of rowdy and hungry fans on game day means that your appetizer offerings need to be top-notch. Here at Mission, we know that traditional small bites and snacks don’t always align with your dietary goals, so we’ve combined our Gluten Free, Organic, and Carb Balance products with rich flavors for low carb and gluten free appetizers. Try these seven delicious options that will help make your game day appetizers guilt-free.

Vegan Poblano Black Bean Queso Dip

If your game day crowd loves cheesy dips, try this vegan recipe that gets its depth of flavor from nuts, seeds, vegetables, and some coconut milk for a healthier alternative. Use a high-quality blender to combine cashews, spices, peppers, nutritional yeast, and coconut milk. Pour everything into a pot over medium heat and add black beans, being careful not to let the mixture boil. When everything is heated through, garnish with some extra diced veggies and cilantro, then dig in! Our Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips are naturally gluten-free and a great complement for this dip; their hearty texture and unique flavor will leave the whole crew coming back again and again!


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Low Carb Spinach and Feta Quesadilla

Offer your guests a cheesy option that’s also low carb and healthier than some of the traditional game day fare. Start by sautéing garlic and mushrooms then adding spinach until it’s wilted and everything is cooked through. Spread pesto on one of our Carb Balance Soft Taco Flour Tortillas and top with the mushroom mixture and cheese; these tortillas will crisp up nicely in the pan over medium-high heat and provide the perfect structure for easy snacking during the game. Serve with a side of marinara sauce for dipping!


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Keto Cheeseburger Sliders

Sliders are a great option for easy game day appetizers – they’re small enough for easy snacking but filling enough to actually serve as a meal throughout the afternoon and evening. These low carb appetizers use your choice of ground beef or turkey to make the patties. While they cook, warm our perfectly-sized Street Tacos Carb Balance Whole Wheat Tortillas and cover with this surprising and memorable sriracha-mustard sauce that everyone will be talking about for days. Top with lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, and any other crowd favorites, then sandwich between two tortillas!

Low Carb Loaded Mini Taco Cups

Everyone loves bite-sized appetizers at a party, so serve these low carb mini taco cups as a guilt-free option on game day. Use a cookie cutter or small bowl to cut circles out of our delicious Carb Balance Soft Taco Flour Tortillas, then press each circle into a mini muffin tin. Spray the tortilla-cups with oil (avocado oil is a great, healthy choice) and crisp in the oven while you prepare the fillings. Offer several meat and vegetarian options for your guests and they can assemble their own taco cups at halftime!

Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pizza

Rather than ordering pizza for your game day crowd, choose this healthier appetizer instead. The buffalo chicken gives this pizza plenty of spice and flavor while our Carb Balance Burrito Whole Wheat Tortillas provide a crispy and filling “crust.” These low carb appetizers are easy to make using precooked chicken mixed with buffalo sauce; spread some ranch dressing on a tortilla, top with the chicken mixture, and add as much bleu cheese, mozzarella, and celery as you’d like. Bake in a hot oven on an overturned cookie sheet for crispy, delicious pizzas – slice up into small pieces for easy snacking throughout the game!


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Handcrafted Garden Salsa

No party is complete without a classic chip-and-dip offering. Using our Organic Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips will ensure that everyone can enjoy a gluten-free appetizer during the big game. For a fresh salsa to go along with these crispy chips, try this recipe that features tomato, bell peppers, onion, cilantro, garlic, and serrano; adjust the spice level as needed and serve! Make sure to prepare a big batch since the whole crew will undoubtedly want seconds.

Baked Taquitos

For a crispy and rich gluten-free appetizer that everyone will love, try these baked taquitos. Using pre-cooked barbecue pork (or any other shredded meat with sauce) will make the prep go quickly. After filling our Gluten Free Original Tortilla Wraps with 1⁄4 cup meat and some bacon crumbles, roll up and use an egg wash to seal the edges shut. Place onto a baking sheet and coat the outside with more egg wash to help the tortilla crisp and brown in the oven. Serve these crunchy taquitos with salsa or bleu cheese dip for a healthier take on a classic party snack.

These healthy game day appetizers will leave your guests talking about the game and the food in the days ahead!

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