Feb 8, 2023 Healthy, Delicious Game-Day Eats

Go beyond chips and dip for your Super Bowl party.

If you search online for popular Super Bowl foods and snacks, you’ll see the usual suspects: chili, pizza, burgers and, usually topping the list, Buffalo wings. But what about that New Year’s resolution you made—the one about eating healthy foods? Here are two recipes that are not only delicious—but nutritious, too.

“‘Healthy’ doesn’t have to mean ‘boring’ or ‘flavorless,’” says Kristin Carlino, MS, RDN, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist at Jersey City Medical Center’s Green Apple Rx, Food FARMacy. “These recipes are wholesome and healthy without sacrificing flavor, crunch or kick. They’re also easy to make, and they present beautifully.”

Zucchini Skins

zucchini skins


  • ½ lb. turkey bacon
  • 4 large zucchini
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar (can be low-fat, if preferred)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, for garnish
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced, for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Cook bacon until crispy, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Cut zucchinis in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds.
  • Coat zucchini with olive oil and place in baking dish.
  • Season with chili powder, cumin and black pepper.
  • Bake for 5 minutes or until slightly tender.
  • Top zucchini with cheese and turkey bacon.
  • Return zucchini to oven for 10 minutes until cheese bubbles and zucchini is tender.
  • Garnish with plain Greek yogurt and green onions.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

buffalo cauliflower bites


  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • Extra-virgin olive oil to drizzle
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • ⅛ tsp. fresh black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. butter (coconut oil for plant-based option)
  • ½ cup hot sauce


  • Preheat oven to 450° F.
  • Place cauliflower florets in gallon-size plastic bag and drizzle olive oil to coat evenly.
  • Add garlic powder, black pepper and all-purpose flour. Shake bag to coat.
  • Place florets on baking sheet and place sheet on middle rack to bake for 10-15 minutes while checking tenderness.
  • For the sauce: mix melted butter or coconut oil with hot sauce.
  • Toss florets in sauce and add more as needed.
  • Serve with Greek yogurt ranch dip.

Learn more about Jersey City Medical Center’s Food FARMacy.