These 15 meals will have your taste buds exclaiming, "Touchdown!"

September 17, 2020
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Photo: Christopher Testani

Sports fans, rejoice! It's that time of year again when we can all live vicariously through athletes from our alma maters and favorite universities. A time when houses are divided by allegiance, old wounds are torn asunder and freshly applied with an abundance of salt, and lifelong memories are made. I'm talking, of course, about football season.

Regardless of who you're cheering for or what the outcome, I think we can all agree that you can't properly watch a football game without some good grub. Would a last-second win against a heated rival really mean as much if you're viewing on an empty, angry stomach? No, no it would not.

That's why we've put together this handy compendium of some of our absolute best game-day recipes. From dips to wings and burgers to sweet treats, we've run the gamut and compiled enough options to satisfy any fan's appetite. What's more, all of these recipes are available to schedule into weekly meal plans via the Cooking Light Diet (for more info or to subscribe, click here).

Now go forth, whip up some game-day deliciousness, and may the best team win!

Turkey and Swiss Sloppy Joes

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We made 'em extra sloppy for ya, friends. These cheesy sandwiches are packed with protein (34g) and really low in calories (404) considering they're, well, sloppy joes.

Loaded Chorizo Nachos

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Ah, nachos: game day fare that's equal parts fast, filling, and fun. The best part about this recipe (aside from the flavor, of course)? Minimal cleanup! Just set the pan out and throw the foil away once everyone's made the nachos disappear. 

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Cakes with Avocado Salsa

Photo: Jason Wallis

Serve up these tasty cakes for your vegetarian teammates. Jalapeños provide a spark of heat that's nicely countered by the creaminess of the avocado.

Loaded Steakhouse Baked Potatoes

Caitlin Bensel

Good luck getting your guests to pay attention to the game once you pull these spuds from the skillet.

Portobello Mushroom French Dip Sandwiches

Caitlin Bensel

This vegetarian riff on the classic French dip drastically cuts down on the amount of sodium and sat fat you'd consume should you indulge on the original.

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Sheet Pan Beef and Black Bean Nachos

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

More nachos! This time a creamy cheese sauce meets beans and beef for a superfast game-day delight.

Cheddar Cheeseburgers with Caramelized Shallots

Johnny Autry

Can you really call it a great game day without a juicy, cheesy burger? Well you won't have to answer that question once you take the 40 or so minutes it'll take to get these delicious morsels from stove to table.

BBQ Chicken Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella and Pickled Jalapeños

Photo: Brian Woodcock

Skip the delivery and go with a homemade pizza before kickoff. This pizza is packed with toppings and is still less than 300 calories per slice.

Cheesy Chicken Bagel Pizzas

Photo: John Autry

If you're feeding a hangry horde and need something to sate them quickly, this recipe is the ticket. Four ingredients and 10 minutes are all you need to get these incredibly appetizing grownup-sized bagel bites ready to eat.

Zucchini Pesto with Crudites

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Healthy game day dip? Check! While this recipe can seem a little labor-intensive for game day, it's well worth the wait.

Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Caitlin Bensel

Cut the fat and salt you'd intake from conventional buffalo chicken tacos in half using this 20-minute recipe.

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Sticky Asian Chicken Wings

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

What's a game without wings, right? Honey, sambal oelek, ginger, rice vinegar, and soy sauce give these drumettes a flavor unlike any wing you've ever tasted before.

Basic Chili

Zoë Engongoro

Don't let the name fool you—the only thing basic about this chili is how easy it is to put together.

Slow Cooker Sausage Jambalaya

Photo: Oxmoor House

This is the perfect recipe for a night game. Just pop everything into the slow cooker in the morning, add shrimp after six hours, and watch your team rave over the end product.

Rich Chocolate Mousse

Photo: Iain Bagwell

Cap off a monumental victory with a mouthwatering mousse. Silken tofu and coconut milk make this dessert shine.

Crunchy-Chewy Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Photo: Jennifer Causey Styling: Lindsey Lower

Whether your team wins or loses, you won't need an excuse to eat more than one of these divine cookies.

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