Host a Healthy Tailgate

Football season is a great time to bring food, family, and friends together, but many traditional party foods aren’t very nutritious. Never fear – we’ve put together some good-for-you options that taste terrific!

Savory Spinach Balls

Makes about 60 balls 

Ingredients

  • 2 10oz. pack chopped frozen spinach thawed and squeeze dry
  • 2 cups herbed stuffing mix
  • 1 cup firmly packed freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter
  • 4 green onions finely chopped
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • dash of grated nutmeg
  • honey mustard or dijon mustard

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients except mustard in a medium bowl and use your hands to mix well.
  • Shape into 1″ balls, and place evenly on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350F on an ungreased cookie sheet for 15 minutes, turning once.
  • Serve with honey mustard or dijon mustard.

 

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Ingredients

  • 8 boneless chicken thighs, cut into small, thin piece
  • 1 package wooden skewers
  • 1/4 cup minced lemongrass, fresh or frozen
  • 2 shallots or 1/4 onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 to 2 fresh red chiles, sliced, or 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1 thumb-size piece ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3 tablespoons dark soy sauce (available at Asian food stores) – regular will work, but this is best
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

 

Directions

  • Make the marinade by placing the lemongrass, shallots, garlic, chiles, galangal or ginger, turmeric, coriander, cumin, soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar, and oil in a food processor or chopper. Blend well.
  • Place skewers in shallow pan of water so they don’t burn on the grill. Soak an hour or so.
  • Cut beef or chicken into small pieces or strips—thinner is better.  Place in a bowl and pour the marinade over.  Stir well to combine.Allow at least 2 hours for marinating, or longer (up to 24 hours).
  • When ready to cook, thread meat onto the skewers. Fill up to 3/4 of the skewer, leaving the lower half empty so that the person grilling has a “handle” to easily turn the chicken.
  • Grill the chicken, basting the first time you turn it with a little of the leftover marinade from the bowl.
  • Serve with Thai peanut sauce for dipping.

Peanut Sauce:

Ingredients

  • 1 1″ piece ginger, peeled
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1/4 -1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

 

Directions

  • Add peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, and 1/3 cup water and blend, adding more water by tablespoonfuls if needed to thin, until smooth. Peanut sauce can be made 3 days ahead. Transfer to a small bowl, cover, and chill. Bring to room temperature before using.

 

Caprese Salad Skewers

 

Ingredients 

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Mozzarella balls
  • Fresh Basil
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper

 

Directions

  • Assemble, tomatoes, basil (roll from one end to the other), and mozzarella balls on medium-sized toothpicks.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • To make balsamic glaze, add one cup of balsamic vinegar to a sauce pan over medium heat. Once it comes to a boil, set on simmer for about 10-15 minutes
    until it reduces to a syrup consistency. You can check by dipping a spoon in the balsamic and if it covers the back of it, it’s done.
  • As it cools, it will thicken a bit more then drizzle on top of caprese salad skewers.

 

Yogurt Hummus

 

Ingredients

  • 3 T. fat free plain yogurt
  • 2 T. water
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 T tahini
  • 1/2 t. ground cumin
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 2 cloves garlic

Directions

  • Blend in food processor until smooth.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

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Spinach Dip

Applesauce Brownies

Cowboy Caviar