Healthier alternatives to traditional tailgating


It’s football season… time to fire up the grill. It’s fun and easy to create a healthy, well-balanced get together when you swap a few items here and there. Chef Jen is here with some healthier alternatives to traditional tailgating!

Macaroni Salad with Edamame

Serves 12 (1 cup each)

All you need:

  • 3 cups whole wheat elbow macaroni noodles (or gluten-free elbow macaroni if needed)
  • ¾ cup mayo
  • ¾ cup light sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon celery seed
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, shredded
  • 1 small sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped baby spinach
  • ¾ cup frozen edamame, thawed
  • 1/3 cup 2% shredded sharp cheddar cheese

All you do:

  1. Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling water until tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package instructions. Drain. Transfer to a large bowl to cool for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, salt, celery seed and pepper in a small bowl.
  3. When noodles have cooled, add celery, carrots, onion, spinach, edamame and the mayonnaise mixture; stir well to combine.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, if desired. Sprinkle with cheese right before serving.

Nutrition facts per serving: 190 calories; 7g fat (2g saturated fat); 13mg cholesterol; 28g carbohydrate; 366mg sodium; 3g fiber; 7g protein

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