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Tailgating the Slimming World way

October 9 2018
Esther Reynolds
By Esther Reynolds
Tailgating the Slimming World way

Autumn is here, bringing with it shorter days, fallen leaves, and, best of all, the return of football season. Even better, getting into the spirit doesn’t have to mean losing sight of your weight loss goals. With Slimming World’s generous, healthy eating plan, called Food Optimizing, many game-day staples like lean meat, veggies, pasta, potatoes and beans can be eaten without any counting, weighing or measuring—a definite score!

Below you’ll find a number of Slimming World-friendly recipes and menu ideas guaranteed to take you from tailgate to tail-great. Bonus—you can definitely whip these up for when you’re watching from home, too.

Get your Buffalo fix
Is there a game-day dish more iconic than Buffalo wings? This season, satisfy your craving for that tangy, spicy flavor by whipping up a batch of your own Buffalo-inspired chicken tenders: After coating them with homemade whole-wheat breadcrumbs, you’ll bake (not fry) them before drizzling with hot sauce. Serve with celery and carrot sticks and a cool, creamy ranch sauce for dipping.

Have a (meat)ball
When it comes to football fare that’s filling, delicious, and a cinch to prepare, it’s hard to beat a big batch of meatballs. And whether they’re made with 95% lean ground beef, pork, chicken, or turkey, this crowd-pleaser is always a winner. The best part? You can make—and serve!—our recipe for pork meatballs in a slow cooker, by transferring the cooked meatballs to the sauce in a slow cooker and cooking for 3-4 hours on high, or for 6-8 hours on low. This will cut down on pre-game prep and keep your eats warm for the whole game.

Set up a chili bar
Bringing chili to a tailgate is always a good idea, but if you’re looking to really up the ante, go for a DIY chili bar. First, whip up a big batch of chili loaded with 95% lean ground meat, beans, and spices, then set out options for a chili “bed”: think baked potatoes, Slimming World fries, steamed rice—even pasta! Finally, let your crew choose from an assortment of garnishes like chopped onions, pickled jalapeños, scallions, cilantro, plain fat-free Greek yogurt, and sliced radishes. Put out some bowls, spoons, and plenty of napkins, and let the game begin!