The Unthinkable – Delicious and Healthy Tailgater Food

Yes, that headline is correct.

If you’re like us, tailgating is a time where you prepare the best foods to celebrate with friend and family. Typical, the nutrition of the food served is forgotten, as traditions of bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers, bratwurst, and beer cheese soup is deliciously consumed – saving thoughts of a nutritious meal for the next day.

Thus, the Oregon State University’s Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition, and Preventive Health took on the challenge of providing recipes that were not only nutritious, but have the oomph to meet the high standards any tailgater.

To do this, the Moore Family Center offered the GridIron Chef Contest asking the OSU community to share their favorite healthy tailgate food. With a mass of recipes submitted, the Moore Family Center was able to select the top five recipes to highlight, as well as share at the upcoming OSU game. Though, wee would be remiss to not share these with you! So here they are, in their tailgate glory!

Benny’s Butternut Squash Bruschetta, by Allison Zumwalt of Portland. Butternut squash and goat cheese are the stars of this delicious recipe.

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Black Bean Sweet Potato Taquito, by Holly Robinson of Corvallis. This vegetarian version of taquitos keeps the crispy, crunchy tradition of the dish and the  to fill you up.Baked Black Bean & Sweet Potato Taquitos - Mobile

Lemony Beaver Boost Soup, by Claudia Recksiedler of Corvallis. Squash and lemon are a surprisingly fantastic pair in this recipe for a cold day soup.

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Mediterranean Cauliflower “Wings,” by Madeline McWhorter of Corvallis. A healthy version of buffalo wings, and a tzatziki sauce to add to the flavor party!

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Pesto Minestrone, by Carol Abrogoua of Tillamook. Pesto is added to this minestrone for a blast of flavor!

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