My Super Bowl Confession: I only watch the game for the ads and the half time show. I remember when I was young, my parents would have big Super Bowl parties and I would just run into the TV room during the commercials while everyone was running out for food or bathroom breaks. Decades later (sigh) and I’m still the same.
Most football watchers stock up on fried and super fatty foods at parties. While indulging a bit now and then is perfectly fine and normal, there are ways you can offer traditional football fare with some healthier twists. That way you can save your splurge for that one item you look forward to every year.
Check out this recipe for “Oven Fried” Zucchini Sticks. It gives you that same texture and flavor as deep frying without all the fat, calories and guilt!
Canola or olive oil cooking spray
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 pounds zucchini, (about 3 medium), cut into 1/2-by-3-inch sticks
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1. Preheat oven to 475°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
2. Combine flours, cornmeal, salt and pepper in a large sealable plastic bag. Dip zucchini in egg white, shake in the bag to coat, and arrange, not touching, on the baking sheet. Coat all exposed sides with cooking spray.
3. Bake on the center rack for 10 minutes. Turn the zucchini and coat any floury spots with cooking spray. Continue to bake until golden and just tender, about 8 to 10 minutes more. Serve hot.
Per serving: 127 calories; 2 g fat ( 0 g sat , 0 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 23 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 4 g fiber; 427 mg sodium; 524 mg potassium.