Tailgating is, for many, the primary reason to rejoice the return of football season. Drinking outside during the heat of the day can already be a recipe for feeling physically exhausted after just an hour or two, so keep your energy high with some cleaner food options!
1. Salsa Verde Guacamole
Revamp the old standby with this interesting twist. Roasted tomatillos lend a unique flavor and feel just a bit more autumn.
via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
2. Mini Mexican Pizzas
A lighter recreation of the Mexican Pizza from Taco Bell, these tiny bites will satiate any pre or post-tailgating drive thru craving.
3. Turkey Avocado Burgers
Turkey burgers offer a fantastic, leaner substitute for beef. Additionally, the flavor swap works perfectly with some creamy avocado.
via Marin Mama Cooks
4. Crispy Baked Onion Rings
Onion rings are always a crowd pleaser. These are made perfectly tender inside by a soaking in low-fat buttermilk and baked in the oven, saving calories and clean up time by skipping the deep fryer.
via Sally’s Baking Addiction
5. One Pot Cheesy Zucchini Mac and Cheese
Take a classic and give it a healthy upgrade by including nutrient-rich zucchini. You could even use whole grain pasta or try throwing in some roasted broccoli for bonus points.
via Naive Cook Cooks