Cory Vitiello’s goal for 2016 is to stay on the path of clean, healthy eating. But even those who set strict objectives have to allow themselves one cheat day. For this Chef In Your Ear expert, it happens to be football’s biggest night.

“This the one day where you can feel like you hit rock bottom with your dietary choices and be okay with it,” Cory explains. “It’s like New Years. You know you’re going to wake up lying on your bathroom floor face down in a pool of regurgitated sauce and Cheez Whiz and it’s okay!”

Here are the items Cory craves the most on game day.

nachos

California Style Nachos
“It’s the healthy kind,” he says. He prefers his nachos with lots of black beans and fresh veggies with fresh cilantro on top and a little bit of cheese. “I mean, you can’t have a Super Bowl party without nachos.” Because Cory is opting to eat less meat this year, he’s skipping out on adding beef.

Try a similar recipe: Whole Wheat Nachos with Corn

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Chicken Wings
Just like nachos, chicken wings are a quintessential food item on game day. Cory admits he’s a simple guy when it comes to these poultry pleasures. “I fry them at a low heat for a very long time until they just get crispy and I toss a bit of salt and pepper, maybe a tiny bit of hot sauce.” Oh, and don’t forget the ranch dressing!

Try a similar recipe: Roast Chicken Wings

Hot Italian Sausages
Cory plays by the books and loves sticking to other classics like Italian sausages. Whether you prefer to grill, bake or fry, you can’t go wrong!
Try a similar recipe: Sausage with Caramelized Onions and Pepper

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pinwheel Cookie

Chocolate Chip Cookies
To satisfy his sweet tooth (and boy, does he have one!), Cory makes sure chocolate chip cookies are on the menu. These warm, gooey treats are easy to bake by the dozens. “If somebody showed up to a party with a platter of cookies, I’d eat 95 per cent of them myself.” Cory’s secret weapon: a dash of Chile de árbol.

Try a similar recipe: Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

bourbon
Bourbon
Gone are the days of chugging back tall boys. These days, Cory keeps it classy with a glass of bourbon on the rocks. “I like a good slow drinking bourbon. It’s a gentleman’s drink. We’re not kids anymore. One drink every quarter is responsible,” he says. If you want the best of both worlds, there’s even a cocktail that combines bourbon and beer. Who knew?

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