Tailgate season is upon us! It’s an incredibly exciting time of the year with tailgate parties happening across the nation! That doesn’t mean that we have to eat unhealthy foods, however! We have put together a unique and healthy menu of tailgate recipes that every grill master will love to cook – and every tailgater will love to eat!
Try These 5 Healthy Tailgate Recipes!
1. Grilled Chicken, Bean and Corn Salad!
This recipe is packed with energetic foods that will keep you applauding throughout the entire game! First, grill your chicken to perfection. Then, throw in the grilled chicken, black beans, corn, cilantro, tomatoes and a squeeze of fresh lime. Serve in a large bowl on ice with whole wheat tortilla chips!
2. Grilled Chicken Skewers With Grilled Veggies!
Instead of hamburgers and hotdogs, try these grilled chicken skewers! They are pretty easy to make ─ Cut up chunks of boneless chicken breast and slice your desired veggies. String the chicken and veggies on skewer sticks. We recommend onions, cherry tomatoes, zucchini and bell peppers for your veggie selection. Then grill at a medium temp, often turning until the chicken is thoroughly cooked the and the veggies are crunchy on the outside but soft and juicy in the center! Eat as is, or add your favorite seasonings or sauces!
3. Fresh Dough Pizza!
Pizza can be healthy, and lots of people love it! Hence, why not make it into a tailgating snack? The trick is to keep it healthy, and you can do that by beginning with whole wheat dough. Spread the dough and add your favorite sauce, chicken, low-fat cheeses, sliced avocados and tomatoes, and seasonings. Make sure your grill is hot but at its lowest setting. You can use a pan, or just place the pizza on the highest rack. Cook it slowly, and watch that the bottom is not cooking too fast so that it burns. Close the grill top if possible for a more even heat distribution.
4. Grilled Sweet Potatoe Fries!
Sweet potato fries are the new trend when it comes to french fries! The key is to bake or grill them instead of deep frying. To grill them to perfection, cut up the sweet potatoes into fries. Then, in a bowl, add a small amount of olive oil to the fries and toss until all the fries are coated. Use foil or a thin baking sheet on the grill rack so that the fries don’t fall through or catch on fire. Add seasoning if you like and turn often, making sure that they don’t stick or burn. When crispy, remove and enjoy!
5. Healthy Potatoe and Veggie Salad!
Of course, this is not a grilling item ─ unless you want to grill your potatoes and veggies first ─ but it’s added as a healthy side dish. This salad is crammed with nutrients to keep you going ─ not to feel groggy like traditional potato salad can do.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Heat up 1 tsp of olive oil on a cooking sheet for about two minutes, then arrange one pound of red, cubed potatoes onto the sheet. Bake them for ten minutes. Take the sheet out of the oven, and turn them. Then, bake for ten additional minutes, until they are a crispy brown. While the potatoes are in the oven, place a ½ pound of green beans in boiling water for five minutes. When soft, scoop out the beans ─ but use the remaining boiling water to boil ½ cup of tomatoes halves ─ then cut them both into smaller pieces.
For a tasty rosemary vinaigrette, put two tbsp each of red wine vinegar & extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tsp of Dijon mustard, and ½ tsp of chopped rosemary into a container and whip!
Finally, throw everything into a large bowl ─ add ½ cup of sliced red onions ─ and mix!
Serve warm or chill and serve as a cold salad! This healthy potatoe and veggie salad makes a great side dish to your chicken and veggie skewers!
In conclusion, we know that these recipes are awesome, and everyone at your tailgate party will love the unique and flavorful menu!
Robin, and The Zen Team!
*Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.
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