Healthful Tailgating Recipes

| 9/21/2011 2:30:10 PM

J.PattonFootball season is in full swing, and every weekend fans flock to football stadiums to watch their favorite teams, hang out with friends—and eat. Millions of Americans participate in the age-old tradition of tailgating each season.

While it may seem like harmless fun, tailgating can actually add inches to your waistline if you aren’t careful. Not to worry, however! Here are a couple delicious and low-calorie dishes to pack in your cooler next Sunday for a totally guilt-free tailgate.

This chili recipe gives you the same great taste with far fewer empty calories.
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White Bean & Turkey Chili 

Rather than chowing on a traditional bowl of chili, which can pack a considerable amount of calories when topped with all the fixings, give this white bean and turkey chili a try. This dish only contains about 280 calories and is full of protein and fiber. SERVES 8

• 1 tablespoon canola oil
• 2 cups diced yellow onion (about 2 medium)
• 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
• 1 tablespoon minced garlic
• 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• 3 (15.8-ounce) cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
• 4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
• 3 cups chopped cooked turkey
• 1/2 cup diced seeded plum tomato (about 1)
• 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
• 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 8 lime wedges (optional)