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MTSU Senior Dietetics Students Recommend Healthy Tailgating Recipes This Season

‘Tis the season for football and tailgating, oh my! While hamburgers and hot dogs will always be tailgating favorites, here are a couple of recipes that will sure to be a touchdown! 

Buffalo Chicken Sliders
This sandwich is a great combination of spicy and savory buffalo chicken with sweet and buttery Hawaiian rolls. This dish will be a winner on game day!


  • 2 to 2 ½ cups of cooked chicken

  • 1 pkg. of 12 count Package of Kings Hawaiian Rolls

  • 1 cup ranch dressing

  • ¼ cup hot sauce

  • 4 Tbsp butter

  • 1 tsp poppyseeds

  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • Place Kings Hawaiian Rolls in a 9x13 Baking Dish.

  • In a bowl, mix shredded chicken, ranch, and hot sauce.

  • Spread chicken mixture on bottom half of rolls.

  • Top with shredded cheese and remaining half of rolls.

  • Melt butter and mix the poppy seeds into the butter. Drizzle over tops the of rolls.

  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Recipe Website Link:

Spinach and Artichoke Dip
While most spinach and artichoke dips can have excess calories, this recipe substitutes those things with healthier options that have just as much flavor, and are a fan favorite!


  • 1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and chopped

  • 1½ cup frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and chopped

  • 6 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese

  • ½ cup non-fat Greek yogurt

  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • In a medium saucepan, heat spinach, artichokes and 1 cup of water until tender.

  • Drain liquid from spinach and artichokes, removing excess moisture with paper towels.

  • Microwave cream cheese for one minute in a small, microwave-safe bowl.

  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Serve warm with choice of raw vegetables (e.g., carrots, broccoli, celery, radishes, jicama, kohlrabi or zucchini).

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  • Alicia Burns and Piper Smith, Senior Dietetics Students at MTSU