Healthy Tailgate Recipes

Wednesday, September 4, 2019


Happy tailgating season! It’s the time of year for cooler weather, tossing the pigskin around and, most importantly, delicious food.

Traditional tailgating foods can be unhealthy. However, there are tasty recipes available that are lower in calories and sure to be a fan favorite.

Whip up these healthy tailgate recipes to enjoy with family and friends this fall.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

2 pounds ground chicken
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 jalapeno, seeds removed and diced egg
2 teaspoons flour
1 ¼ cups buffalo sauce

In a large bowl combine ground chicken, garlic, onions, celery, jalapeno, egg, flour, and ¼ cup buffalo sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Mix ingredients using your hands and roll mixture into small meatballs. Place meatballs evenly on a baking sheet.

Turn broiler on high and cook meatballs for 10 minutes. Remove baking sheet, flip meatballs with tongs, and place baking sheet back in broiler for another 10 minutes. From there, place broiled meatballs into a slow cooker, cover with 1 cup buffalo sauce, and cook on low heat for 2 hours.

Easy Guacamole

3 avocados, skinned and halved with no pits
1 lime, juiced
1/3 cup red onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped

Place avocados in a bowl and mash with a fork. Add lime juice, cilantro, red onion, and garlic. Mix thoroughly and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with multigrain tortilla chips.

Parmesan Zucchini Fries

1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 egg
3 small zucchinis

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine parmesan cheese, panko breadcrumbs, garlic powder, basil and red pepper in a bowl. In a separate bowl, crack egg and beat it. Cut off ends of zucchinis. Cut each zucchini in half, lengthwise. Continue to cut lengthwise until you have 8 slices per zucchini, 24 slices total.

Dip a zucchini strip in egg, roll in breadcrumb mixture, press to coat and place on baking sheet covered with cooking spray. Repeat for all zucchini strips. Place baking sheet in oven and cook for 20 minutes until golden brown.

Want more healthy eating tips? Learn about six foods that are good for your heart.

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