Made-Over Game Day Recipes to Lighten Up Your Party

Food Network Kitchen Lighter Classics Opener for Food Network

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Alice Gao, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Food Network Kitchen Lighter Classics Opener for Food Network

Our Food Network Kitchen gave heavy game-day fare (think Buffalo chicken dip and potato skins) a healthy makeover with lighter takes on classic recipes. So now you can snack through halftime without feeling like you’ve eaten your weight in guacamole.

Food Network Kitchen's Lightened-Up Asian Turkey Sliders for Food Network

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Food Network Kitchen's Lightened-Up Asian Turkey Sliders for Food Network

Loaded with protein and veggies, these Southeast Asian-inspired sliders are perfect for a hungry crowd. Let your guests choose their toppings (but suggest a squeeze of lime juice).

Food Network Kitchen's Sweet Potato Skins for Food Network

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Food Network Kitchen's Sweet Potato Skins for Food Network

You’ll love the combo of sweet potato and spicy salsa verde in this healthy version of an appetizer classic. Mash up the leftover scooped-out sweet potatoes and add them to a cheese quesadilla or regular twice-baked potatoes for a marbled effect.

Food Network Kitchen's Vegetarian Beans in Blankets for Food Network

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Food Network Kitchen's Vegetarian Beans in Blankets for Food Network

Cocktail wieners can sit this one out: This is a new version of pigs in a blanket, and it’s whole-wheat and vegetarian. Don’t skimp on the creamy mustard sauce, as it’s the perfect teammate for the winning combination of green beans, dill Havarti and caraway seeds.

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