10 Delicious Game Day Meal Ideas From Fitness Influencer Katie Austin

The former college athlete creates the best tasty and healthy recipes, perfect for your next watch party.
Katie Austin.

Katie Austin.

Fall is here, which means—among other things—the return of highly-anticipated game days. Whether you’re more of a college football spectator or an avid NFL fan, fall means football is back. With the return comes watch parties, or afternoon or evening gatherings with friends around the TV alongside a table of the best game-day fare.

Planning for a watch party can be overwhelming, but with the help of fitness influencer Katie Austin, the recipes you choose to serve don’t have to cause you any stress. The former Division I athlete is known for her healthy and delicious meals for all occasions, but she also has certain recipes particularly geared toward game day gatherings.

Whether you’re looking for a side dish to bring to a watch party or are hosting your own event, look no further than the following recipes. From delicious main courses to hearty sides, Austin’s cuisine won’t disappoint.

Healthified Protein Packed Cast Iron Chile Con Queso w/ Roasted Corn

Made specifically with game days in mind, this cheese, vegetable and beef cast iron queso makes for the perfect dip. Serve with chips at your next watch party.

Chopped Chicken Salad Sandwich

Sliders are a great game day fare. These small chicken salad sandwiches are a delicious and easy food to serve to a big crowd.

Loaded Turkey Tostadas

Another good dish for a gathering, these tostadas can be customized by each party-goer to fit their tastes.

Air Fryer Cauliflower Tots

Covered in the best seasonings and cheese and tossed into the air fryer, these crispy cauliflower bites are the perfect appetizer or side dish for game day. Serve with your favorite sauce for the best flavor.

Chicken Tacos

Like the tostadas, these chicken tacos are the perfect customizable, DIY dish for a large watch party.

Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Chopped Salad with Creamy Garlic Lemon Balsamic

A chopped chicken and bacon salad serves as the perfect side for a game day celebration—and the best way to get your greens.

Healthified Onion Rings

Onion rings are a great game day appetizer. Pair Austin’s “healthified” onion rings with her tahini dip or another of your favorite sauces for a great snack.

Broccoli Bacon Cheesy Ranch Bake

Filled with bacon, broccoli and cheese and topped with ranch, this bake would be great as a side or a stand-alone meal.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Blending a classic Caesar salad with a delicious pasta salad dish, this recipe would serve as a great side for a watch party.

High-Protein Mexican Casserole

With veggies, beef, beans and eggs, this casserole is a great option for your next early afternoon or mid-day game day gathering.

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Martha Zaytoun


Martha Zaytoun is a Lifestyle & Trending News writer for SI Swimsuit. Before joining the team, Martha worked on the editorial board of the University of Notre Dame’s student magazine and on the editorial team at Chapel Hill, Durham and Chatham Magazines in North Carolina. When not working, Martha loves to watercolor and oil paint, run or water ski. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a huge Fighting Irish fan.