5 Healthy Tailgate Appetizers You Need To Serve Up

5 Healthy Tailgate Appetizers You Need To Serve Up

by Kindal Boyle

In the south, there are 2 important seasons…

  1. Summer
  2. Football season.

College football is no joke!

Wearing your school colors proudly and prepping for tailgates is what we to on Saturdays.

Even if you’re not heading to the game, sometimes the best tailgates are in the comfort of your home/yard.

The socializing part is awesome, but feeling bloated and gross from 3 hours of mindless eating takes its toll.

Weight gain during football season is common thanks to beers, chips, and 3+ hours of sitting on the couch.

I don’t want you to have to deal with “Football Weight”.

You want good, healthy snacks, but you don’t want to be the person who has a full platter of untouched food because everyone politely rejected your cauliflower pizza bites.

Listen, I am all about cauliflower pizza… but for tailgates?

Not a chance!

You want to be the person who’s platter is empty and people keep saying, “Holy cow, that was delicious!” without adding the bloat, guilt and need to do 30 burpees after every touchdown (though if you do, that’s AWESOME)!

How, you ask?

With these app ideas that are perfect not just for football season but year round!

5 Healthy & Tasty Appetizer Recipes

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Deviled Eggs

  • 3 Hardboiled Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Avocado
  • 1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4+ Tsp Pickle Juice
  • 1/4 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Jalapeno, Sliced (For topping)

Deviled eggs are my favorite because:

  • They’re easy.
  • They’re healthy.
  • They’re a southern staple. Every woman has their own recipe/technique.

Here’s mine:

  1. Boil and peel your eggs.
  2. Add all the yolks to a bowl (yes, yolks are good for you), add everything except the smoked paprika and jalapeno slices and mix until smooth.
  3. Scoop the filling back into the egg whites, sprinkle with smoked paprika and top with a jalapeno slice to top each off.

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Buffalo Stuffed Peppers

  • 5+ Sweet Peppers (or Jalapeños)
  • 1 Chicken Breast, Cooked & Shredded
  • 2 Tbsp Hot Sauce (I use
  • 2 Tbsp Blue Cheese
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  2. Slice peppers in half, long ways and scoop out seeds (or leave some if you want heat).
  3. In a bowl mix together the shredded chicken, hot sauce, blue cheese and garlic powder.
  4. Use a spoon to fill each pepper with chicken mix and place on a cooking tray. Cook for 10 minutes until slightly golden.
  5. Plate and enjoy!

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Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders with Spicy Mustard

  • 1 lb Chicken Strips
  • 1-2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • All Natural Bacon* (1/2 slice per chicken finger)
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Dried Dill

Sauce:

  • 4 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tsp Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 Tsp Hot Sauce (more or less)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil

  1. Preheat oven to 400-degrees.
  2. Coat the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with dill and garlic.
  3. Wrap each chicken finger with 1/2 a slice of bacon.
  4. Cook for around 15-20 minutes until chicken is cooked through and bacon is desried crispiness.
  5. Make sauce by whisking together all ingredients.

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Greek Gyro Meatball Skewers

  • 1/2 Lb Ground Lamb
  • 1/2 Lb Ground Beef
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Onions
  • 1/4 Diced Olives
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Whole Greek Olives
  • * Skewers

Tzatziki Sauce:

  • Cucumber, Chopped
  • 1 Tsp Dill, Chopped
  • 1/4 Garlic Powder
  • 6 oz Plain Greek Yogurt

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix together lamb, beef, onions, olives and garlic. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Grab 1-2 Tbsp of meatball mix and roll into ball, place on the baking sheet. Complete with the rest of mix.
  4. While balls are baking, mix together all the ingredients for the sauce.
  5. Bake for ~15 minutes until cooked through.
  6. Once done. Make skewers by adding an olive, a tomato and a meatball.
  7. Serve with dipping sauce and enjoy.

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Homemade Grain Free Granola

  • 1 Cup Dried Berries (goji, blueberries, raspberries, etc)
  • 2 Cups Nut Mix
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Coconut
  • 3 Tbsp Honey
  • 3 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil

  1. Pre heat oven to 250-degrees.
  2. Toss all dry ingredients (berries, trail mix, coconut) into a blender or food processor and slightly chopped.
  3. In a small pot bring honey, peanut butter and oil to a light boil.
  4. Stir consistently to melt.
  5. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl with the other ingredients. Mix well.
  6. Pour onto a baking sheet lined with parchment.
  7. Bake for 23-25 minutes until slightly browned, tossing every 10 minutes.
  8. Once cooled completely, pour into jars and pack for your tailgate.

Enjoy!

Ready To Trow A Tailgate Or Party?

Five recipes to fuel your get together.

Make all five at once, or…

Spread them out over the coming weeks to amaze your friends over and over of your skills.

Trust me, just leave out the part about how good these each are nutrition wise. I’ve learned most people like to think they’re splurging.

Who’s your team?