From college to the pro’s, a good variety of healthy, hearty and delicious foods are required for every tailgate or football party. Here are my top picks that taste great but are also good for you!
My most favorite recipe of all time is slow cooker salsa chicken. All you need is a jar of salsa and some chicken breasts or thighs. Put them in a slow cooker on low and let it cook for 6-8 hours. With just an hour left to cook, pull apart the chicken with two forks. Let it sit in the remaining juices for an hour. I love this recipe because it can feed a lot of people and is versatile. Make sandwiches on buns like pulled pork, tacos, nachos or serve like a dip. Make it ahead of time and either serve out of a warmed crock pot or put it in an 8×8 dish and warm up on the grill.
Speaking of dips, have you ever met someone that doesn’t love a good buff chick dip? This recipe uses Greek yogurt instead of mayo and Laughing Cow cheese to cut back on unnecessary fat and calories without sacrificing taste. It’s a staple in my house on Sundays.
6 oz chicken breast
2 cups Chicken Broth
4 Laughing Cow Light Wedges Garlic and Herb
1 TBSP Blue Cheese Crumbles
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt, plain nonfat or 2%
2-4 TBSP Franks Red Hot – depends on your own preference
2 tbsp Shredded Cheddar Cheese, reduced fat or 2%
Cook 2″ pieces of raw chicken in boiling broth. String or chop after 10-15 minutes. Combine all ingredients except shredded cheese. Top with shredded cheese and bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool, serve with chips or celery. Use an 8×8 pan.
Another fan favorite that is packed with vitamins and heart healthy fats is Texas Caviar. It’s like salsa but more like a salad you could just eat as a side dish. It’s made with corn, black beans, avocado, red onion, tomatoes, italian dressing seasoning packets and a few more ingredients you most likely have on hand already. The recipe makes a big batch and is perfect for sharing with a big group of hearty appetites that doesn’t need to be heated up to eat.
If you’re brining your own grill to the tailgate, throw in a few veggie burgers, chicken sausage links and chicken breasts for lower fat options to greasy hamburgers and hot dogs! Also grab a few bags of PopChips for potato chip alternatives.
For more great healthy veggie burger options, here is a collection of recipes from Foodie.com that you can enjoy:
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