Cauliflower Crust Pizza sitting on a table with spinach and tomatoes
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Slam Dunk: 4 Healthy Tournament Time Recipes

Mercy Health | Mar 19 2019
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Enjoy the big tournament with these crowd pleasing recipes

March is a treasured time of the year for so many basketball fans. Whether your favorite part of tournament time is filling out your bracket, cheering on your favorite team or attending parties, we can all agree on one thing. Tournament time isn’t complete without your favorite party snack recipes.

As you think about what to make or eat, keep in mind that there is potential for a three-week party. So, it’s important to take a time-out and think about healthy food choices.

Here are four healthy tournament time recipes you can start with that reduce fat, and cut calories and carbs. We promise that these will be game-winning for you and your crowd.

Recipe 1: BBQ Turkey Meatballs

Spend more time watching the basketball madness and less time preparing the snacks with these three ingredient BBQ turkey meatballs. High in protein and low in fat, this appetizer can be served with your favorite BBQ sauce and is sure to be a slam dunk for the hungry crowd.

  • 1 1/4 lbs lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce + 2 tablespoons

Mix all ingredients (except 2 tbsp BBQ) and form into balls with 2 tablespoons per meatball, rounding them out with your hands. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Brush meatballs with the remaining 2 tbsp of BBQ and bake for another 5-10 minutes.


Recipe 2: Greek Yogurt Guacamole

Get your game grub on with this simple and low-calorie Greek yogurt guacamole. This creamy guac is not only delicious, but also packed with protein, probiotics and of course the superfood avocado.

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup tomato, diced

Mash the avocado in a bowl and fold in the Greek yogurt and lime juice until combined. Fold in the remaining ingredients and enjoy with veggies or bean tortilla chips.

Recipe 3: Texas Caviar

There’s nothing fishy about this nutrient-packed game day Texas caviar. Full of protein, fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C, this fresh and flavorful dip can be enjoyed guilt-free!

  • 15 oz can low-sodium black beans, drained
  • 15 oz can corn, drained
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Stir all ingredients in a large bowl. Serve immediately or cover and chill until game time. Try with black bean tortilla chips instead of regular corn chips for a lower calorie and higher protein and fiber option.

Recipe 4: Cauliflower Pizza

Skip the greasy, high-calorie pizza delivery and carbs on game days and opt for this homemade cauliflower crust pizza instead. No matter how you slice it, delivery can’t top this delicious and nutritious alternative.

  • 4 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped

Pulse florets in a food processor until fine and steam in a covered pot for 8 minutes. Drain and use a clean kitchen towel to remove all moisture from cauliflower. Mix dry cauliflower, 1/2 cup mozzarella, Parmesan, oregano, salt, garlic powder and eggs. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet, spread into a circle and bake 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Top with spinach, tomatoes, and 1/2 cup mozzarella and bake 10 minutes.

During the madness of this season, we hope you experience as many wins in the kitchen as you do for your favorite team. Do you have any good recipe or ingredient swaps? Share them with us in the comments below!


Mercy Health


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