Score big points for your waistline with these lightened versions of classic tailgating recipes and hearty football fare.
Tailgating Gone Light
There's no need to sacrifice your favorite tailgating recipes just because you're trying to eat healthy. Enjoy the bold flavors of chicken wings, deviled eggs, potato salad, chili, and
cupcakes without any guilt. These recipes have the same great flavor as their traditional counterparts but with a fraction
of the fat and calories.
Making your own chips gives you the same crunchy flavor without all of the fat of regular tortilla chips. These chipotle–flavored
chips highlight the fresh ingredients in the guacamole. Serve guacamole for a creamy dip that is rich in heart-healthy fats.
Black beans are packed with nutrients such as protein, fiber, and iron, so you don't have to worry about empty calories when
you dip into this spicy hummus. Serve with baked pita chips or carrot and celery sticks.
Potato flakes add bulk to the filling so you can use less yolk and decrease the overall fat, calories, and cholesterol. The
shrimp, bacon, and parsley add extra color and flavor, resulting in an impressive finish.
Transport the slaw, pork, and rolls separately and allow fellow fans to assemble their sandwiches at the tailgate. Making
your own creamy slaw results in less fat and calories than a store–bought counterpart.
Ditch the bucket of cold, greasy chicken and load up on these extra–crispy chicken breasts, drumsticks, and thighs. If you
want a spicier kick, add a few drops of hot sauce to the buttermilk coating. If you prefer chicken fingers, you can use this
same coating mixture on boneless chicken tenders.
With flavors from salty bacon, caramelized onions, oven-roasted potatoes, and tangy Dijon mustard, no one will ever guess
that this recipe is light. Make the potato salad before the game, store it in an airtight container and then pack it in your
cooler until it's time to eat. The recipe makes 8 cups, so double it if you're serving a big crowd.
When the temperature starts to drop, a warm bowl of this hearty chili does just the trick to put you in the football mood.
Transfer the chili to your tailgate in a slow–cooker and keep it warm in there throughout the day. Substituted chopped cooked
chicken for the turkey, if desired.
Stud these cookies with white chocolate morsels and dried strawberries for a flavorful twist on the traditional oatmeal cookie.
Pack the cookies tins to keep them fresh and prevent them from crumbling on the drive to the game.