A Fresh Take on Football Season

Nothing Says Fall Like the Start of Football Season

Whether you’re a season ticket holder or simply enjoy watching the game on TV with friends, there’s sure to be a tailgate or two in your future. While pizza and chicken wings are likely to be found at any tailgating party, indulging in these foods may result in a personal foul to your health. To help keep you on track, and score a touchdown with your fellow football fans, try a few of these healthy recipes recommended by Lakeland Diabetes Educator and registered dietitian, Nicole Morrissey, RD.

Love Your Heart 

hummusBuffalo Wing Hummus 
Slightly adapted from Food Network Magazine

Yields 12 servings (¼ cup each)


  •  2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup tahini (found in the ethnic food aisle) 
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ tsp paprika
  • 3 Tbsp calorie-free wing sauce
  • 2 Tbsp cayenne hot sauce
  • 1 Tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt

Put the chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, paprika, wing sauce, hot sauce, vinegar and 1 ½ teaspoons salt in a food processor.  Puree until smooth and creamy.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 
99 calories; 3.4 g fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 231 mg sodium; 11.8 g carbohydrate; 4.2 g fiber; 4.6 g protein

Vegetarian Quinoa Chili   

quinoa-chiliSubmitted by Kim of Feed Me Seymour Blog 

Yields 8 servings (about 11/3 cup each)


  • 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed well
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) can no salt added tomato sauce
  • 1½ Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ tsp salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1½ cups frozen corn
  • Juice of one lime


  1. Prepare quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot or dutch oven heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and stir; cook 5-7 minutes or until translucent and softened. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, 30 seconds.
  3. Add in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, sugar, cayenne pepper, water, and quinoa and stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes.
  4. Add in beans, corn, and lime juice; simmer an additional 5 minutes.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 300 calories; 4.4 g fat; 55.3 g carbohydrates; 13.3 g sugar; 594 mg sodium;12 g fiber; 13.4 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol

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