Celebrate Football Season with a Fan-tastic Tailgate Menu
Hey, sports fans! Grab your grill, stock your cooler and get ready to cheer on your team. Fall signals the official start of the tailgate season. Who can resist huddling around the stadium parking lot devouring cheeseburgers and slurping piping hot bowls of chili? While these traditional calorie-heavy favs may tempt hungry fans, healthy doesn’t have to take a knee. Illinois farmers offer a full roster of homegrown produce and products perfect for tailgating. I put together an all-star menu featuring a starting lineup of easy-to-eat and prepare tailgate recipes. You’ll score extra points because they deliver a winning combination: nutrition and flavor.
Brats. Fried chicken. Coleslaw. Skip the usual tailgate entrees and spice up your party with these super-easy Baja Chicken Sliders topped with Broccoli-Pomegranate Slaw. I rub the chicken breasts with the spices and cut them into strips, so they fit snuggly between a mini pretzel bun. Ready-to-eat broccoli mix makes the slaw prep a snap and adds some vitamin A, C and potassium. Plain, nonfat Greek yogurt tastes like sour cream but adds calcium. And the pomegranate seeds add a sweet-tart crunch. Be sure to store the chicken and slaw separately in a cooler. Just fire up your grill, toss on the chicken then assemble and eat.
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Every sports fan looks forward to fall and tailgating. This season keep up the tradition and treat your friends and family to some tasty and lean tailgate recipes.