Healthier Tailgating Recipes
Football season starts in full swing this weekend, which means only one thing: TAILGATING…whether it’s at the stadium or in front of your TV. While you may love the burgers and brew, wings slathered in sauce and cheese-covered-everything, we decided to throw in a few lighter options to give you a halftime break from your calorie coma.
Here are three recipes that will let you go the distance:
This colorful take on the traditional game-time favorite is a no-brainer for game day.
Recipe courtesy Terra’s Kitchen:
- 2-3 medium peaches, apricots, berries, and/or bananas, sliced
- 1 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Optional topping: granola, pumpkin seeds, coconut chips, mini chocolate chips, dried and snipped cherries, or dried and snipped apricotsPreparationArrange the fruit slices on a large serving platter. Stir together the yogurt, lemon juice, vanilla, and honey in a small bowl. Drizzle over the peaches and sprinkle on toppings as desired. Serve immediately.
Imusa’s Mango Guacamole:
It wouldn’t be game day without a good dip, and guacamole is a must. Adding the sweet mango gives this guac a kick. If you have a Molcajete to mash the avocado in, you’ll be able to take even the simplest recipe and make it look fancy.
- 3 ripened avocados
- 1 ripened mango
- ¼ cup lime juice
- ½ cup cilantro
- ½ cup white onion
- 3 teaspoons salt
- In your IMUSA Molcajete, add half of the diced mangos and mash with the pestle into a pulp.
- Then add one avocado and mash into a pulp with the mango.
- In a separate bowl mix remaining ingredients, including mango, and add more lime juice if needed.
- Fold mixture with pulp inside Molcajete and serve with tortilla chips.
Healthier Mozzarella Sticks:
Trying to drop a few pounds or just eat healthier but keep craving salty snacks? If you’re like us, sometimes you just need some mozzarella sticks. And now you have some — guilt-free!
- 12 sticks of string cheese in your choice of cheese; go for the low sodium kind if you want to be extra healthy
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp of flour
- 5 tbsp of bread crumbs
- 2 tbsp of Parmesan cheese
- A dollop of olive oil, or cooking spray
Cut the cheese sticks in half, making 24 slices, then freeze the slices in the freezer until completely frozen
Beat the egg in a small bowl. Use a separate bowl to combine the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese
To bread the cheese sticks: First dip the frozen cheese stick into the flour, then into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture
Once all of the 24 sticks are coated, place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil coated with a few drops of olive oil or sprayed with cooking spray (this will keep cleanup to a minimum, and keep the sticks from sticking!)
Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 4 minutes, or until crisp. They need to be watched closely so they don’t melt completely!
What makes them healthier? They’re home cooked with less butter, they’re baked instead of fried, and cheese sticks are a naturally lower calorie cheese snack. You can also add Italian spices or herbs to the recipe, adding them into the bowl with the breadcrumb mixture. Serve with marinara sauce and enjoy!
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