Tailgating is a great excuse to get together with friends — but that doesn’t mean it should be an excuse to eat a bunch of processed junk food. Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to rely on the other tailgaters to provide healthy eats. I find it’s better to whip up a healthy recipe that I like and bring it with me to the tailgate — that way, there’s no chance of me getting hangry and diving headfirst into a bag of potato chips.
Now, sure, you can go with something super easy like veggies and hummus — in fact, that’s my last-minute go-to for basically every party I attend! But if you have a few minutes and want to bring something a little more special, consider something like a pasta salad with veggies or slaw that packs more than just cabbage. The folks at Pasta Fits sent over this recipe for Orzo and Brussels Sprouts that I’m dying to try. I might not even wait for a tailgate to bust it out!
- 4 oz. orzo
- ½ lb. Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
- 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup/1 oz. dried cranberries
- ¼ cup/1 oz. toasted chopped walnuts
- Yogurt-Dijon Dressing:
- ¼ cup/2 oz. low-fat yogurt
- 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp. honey
- ¼ tsp. each salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp. chopped fresh chives
- Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- Yogurt-Dijon Dressing: Meanwhile, whisk together yogurt, oil, mustard, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Stir in chives.
- In large bowl, toss together pasta, Brussels sprouts, shallot and dressing. Stir in cranberries and walnuts.
Do you have a favorite dish that you always bring when you tailgate? Is it healthy, or not so much? —Kristen