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10 Gluten-Free Recipes Perfect for Tailgating

  • Turkey meatballs for tailgating

    Shaw's Simple Swaps

    Spicy Mustard Turkey Pretzel Meatballs

    I can't get over how simple these babies are to make and just how much flavor they have in one bite. Filled with lean ground turkey, spicy mustard, and gluten-free pretzels bites, these meatballs will make you the talk of the tailgate in no time. Not only do they pack a serious dose of protein, but they can be made and frozen so you can prep ahead of time.

    Get the recipe: Spicy Mustard Turkey Pretzel Meatballs

  • Living Well Kitchen

    Mushroom and Bacon Dip

    Bacon and mushrooms are the perfect hearty addition to a lightened-up dip. Filled with plain Greek yogurt, reduced-fat cream cheese, and flavor-packed herbs and spices, this recipe will be your new go-to for gatherings. Rest easy—a 1/3-cup serving is under 100 calories and packs over 7 grams of protein.

    Get the recipe: Mushroom and Bacon Dip

  • Hummusapien

    Vegan Basil Stuffed Mushrooms

    These stuffed mushrooms will make you wonder why you've been eating those typical cheese-and-breadcrumb shrooms. They're as addictive as they are tasty!

    Get the recipe: Vegan Basil Stuffed Mushrooms

  • Nutritioulicious

    Thai Peanut Chicken Satay

    This satay is the perfect finger food for tailgate parties. Lean white meat chicken provides satiating protein and your taste buds will love all the delicious flavor from a coconut milk marinade and lick-your-fingers peanut sauce.

    Get the recipe: Thai Peanut Chicken Satay

  • Avocado A Day Nutrition

    Gluten-Free Nutella Blondies

    These gluten-free blondies are made with a secret ingredient: chickpeas! The chickpeas provide moisture, fiber, and protein—and you'd never know they were in the recipe.

    Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Nutella Blondies

  • Emily Kyle Nutrition

    Fresh Spring Rolls

    These spring rolls are the perfect tailgating recipe because they can be made ahead of time and eaten with just one hand. (You can continue to cheer for your favorite team mid-snack!) You can pack these rolls with any of your favorite ingredients while also getting in a serving of veggies.

    Get the recipe: Fresh Spring Rolls

  • Wonderful Pistachios & Family.Food.Fiesta

    Pistachio-Crusted Baked Chicken Tenders

    Nix the urge to pick up that bucket of fried chicken and whip up a fun twist on Sarah Koszyk's oven-baked version. Wonderful Pistachios' Sweet Chili flavor is the perfect way to jazz up your chicken. Just grind the pistachios into a "flour" and you'll create a crunchy, out-of-this-world breading. Plus, you'll secretly be providing your pals a dose of fiber, protein, and healthy fat too!

    Get the recipe: Oven-Baked Fried Chicken

  • Delish Knowledge

    Roasted Tomato Guacamole

    Packed with healthy fats, this guacamole is loaded with fresh basil and roasted tomatoes. Research shows that combining tomatoes and avocados in the same meal increases the amount of lycopene absorbed.

    Get the recipe: Roasted Tomato Guacamole

  • Homemade Nutrition

    Bacon Cream Cheese Jalapeño Poppers

    These light jalapeño poppers are a must on any menu. They're a flavorful twist on the classic poppers—instead of being wrapped in bacon, there are just a few pieces of bacon finely chopped then mixed directly into the cream cheese filling. So there's bacon in every bite without all the extra grease. Perfect to prep at home and pop on the grill before the game!

    Get the recipe: Bacon Cream Cheese Jalapeño Poppers

  • Best Little Nest

    Roasted Red Pepper Dip

    This dip is deliciously tangy and easy to make. Plus it has a little of everything—protein, fiber, and healthy fats—to keep you feeling full. Serve it with everything from pita chips and chicken wings to carrot sticks, bell peppers, or other crudités.

    Get the recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Dip


Elizabeth Shaw MS, RDN, CLT

Elizabeth is a San Diego based nutrition communications consultant who works with local and national brands to help encourage healthy living behaviors. You can find her on social media @shawsimpleswaps.
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