Healthy Tailgating Recipe: Panko Roasted Drumsticks

As I mentioned last week, football is just kind of big around here during football season. Each week, we rotate going to friends’ houses to watch the game or head to the games (if we are lucky enough). I have such a great time coming up with creative ways to make tailgating (and game watching) a little healthier, so everyone ¬†doesn’t feel so stuffed (and guilty) when the games are over. These Panko Roasted Drumsticks are definitely one of my new popular crowd pleasers. They appeal to adults as well as kids, and they are so simple to make. Your guests won’t believe that this recipe is a “lightened up” version of one of their favorite party foods.

Healthy Protein-Packed Salad: Edamame-Corn Salad

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Edamame have become increasingly popular, and my kids honestly love them. Edamame is an excellent source of low-calorie protein, fiber and even iron.¬†This recipe for Edamame-Corn Salad is so light and wonderful using fresh ingredients such as corn, tomatoes, fresh basil and chives. It’s so easy to prepare, but you might want to double it. It goes really fast!

By the way, the incredible pottery in this photo is my absolute favorite from Earthborn Pottery. If you live in Alabama, it can be purchased at The Cook Store in Mountain Brook.

Healthy and Easy Weeknight Dish: Salmon with Lemon and Capers

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I love to make salmon at least once a week, and I find that sometimes less is more and simpler is better when it comes to cooking salmon. This recipe is so easy, fresh and delicious. Feel free to substitute basil for the chives and vegetable broth for the white wine.

Halloween or Anytime Dinner: Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Light Horseradish Sauce

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Everyone asks me what to make on Halloween night for dinner. Like me, they are all so rushed, and the kids are going nuts. I usually do the usual: chili, hamburgers, etc. This year, I am making my life even easier making Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Horseradish Sauce. This recipe is a breeze. Just purchase a pre-marinated pork tenderloin (I like the cracked pepper version) and grill it or prepare it in the oven. Then, stir together this sauce which is oh so delicious. Serve it on mini rolls for sliders (or by itself) for a perfect fall meal.