Tailgating Touchdowns

13 09 2013
Cathy Shaw

Cathy Shaw

Fall is here and so is football season. What goes perfect with a Saturday afternoon football game? Why tailgating of course! Football fans are just as serious about their tailgating parties as they are about cheering on their teams. This season instead of packing in the extra calories, pack some healthier options for everyone to enjoy at your next big game. Here are some ways to score some nutrition points at your next tailgate:

  • Have boneless grilled chicken tenders with buffalo sauce (like Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce) instead of deep fried chicken wings.
  • Have baked tortilla chips with fresh black bean and tomato salsa instead of nachos and cheese sauce.
  • Substitute grilled Italian turkey sausage or turkey kielbasa for bratwurst.
  • Try turkey burgers topped with grilled pineapple instead of cheeseburgers.
  • Serve white chicken chili (recipe below) instead of beef chili.
  • Try pumpkin brownies (perfect for fall- recipe below) in place of chocolate brownies.

Happy tailgating everyone!

White Chicken Chili- crock pot recipe

Makes 8 servings

3  15oz cans white beans, drained and rinsed (Cannellini, Great Northern, Pinto)

2 1/2c chopped, cooked chicken

1c chopped onion

1 1/2c chopped sweet bell pepper (any color)

2 jalapeno peppers, stemmed and chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons ground cumin

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon dried oregano

3 1/2c chicken broth

Combine all ingredients in a 4-5 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hrs or on high 4-5 hrs. May top with shredded cheddar cheese and broken tortilla chips if desired.

Nutrition facts per serving: 257 calories, 31g carbohydrate, 27g protein, 3g fat, 879mg sodium

*To reduce sodium to 454mg, use reduced sodium canned beans and reduced sodium chicken broth.

* To reduce even further, use low sodium chicken broth or make your own chicken stock; use dried beans that have been soaked overnight in water.

Pumpkin Spice “Brownies”

(makes ~24 servings)

1, 15oz can pumpkin

1 box Duncan Hines Spice Cake Mix

~2-3 Tbsp water

½ cup white chocolate chips (optional)

Combine pumpkin, cake mix and 2-3 Tbsp water in mixing bowl until well blended…batter will be thick. Fold in white chocolate chips (if desired). Spray a 9×13” baking pan with Pam. Spread mixture into pan and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes- check for doneness- knife should come out clean. If thicker brownies are desired, use 2 8×8” pans. They will need a longer cooking time.

Nutrition information per serving:

108 calories, 2.8g fat, 1.2g saturated fat, .5g polyunsaturated fat, .5g monounsaturated fat, 0g trans fat, 138mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate, .7g fiber, 1g protein




4 responses

16 09 2013

Great post. I actually enjoy turkey a lot more since I made the switch, there is a lot you can do with it

20 09 2013

Thanks! I love using turkey instead of red meat. So much leaner, and I still feel indulgent.

13 09 2013
Cindy Gay

Love this Cathy! Have a great weekend!

20 09 2013

Thank you Cindy!!

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