Trim, terrific and simple healthy tailgating recipes

Eight Layer Greek Dip Today’s guest post on healthy party food is from Trim & Terrific cookbook author, Holly Clegg. Whether you tailgate at the stadium or watch football from the living room couch, Holly has some great ideas for healthy snacks for the whole team.

It can be a real challenge to cook healthfully for the “meat and potatoes” guy in your life. Holly’s new cookbook, Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age addresses this beautifully. Her recipes can be cooked up for the whole family, too, since kids will like these healthy game day snacks as well.

Game day healthy party recipes

Where I live SEC football rules, no matter what team you are pulling for. All the guys are gathered around the television set – and the women, too!  Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age features recipes to please women, which we know really means that they must please the man in her life, too. After all, the secret to a man’s heart is through his stomach!

The Eight Layer Greek Dip will have everyone digging in, looks gorgeous on the plate with all of its colorful veggies, and is chocked full of healthy vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. And the Meaty Italian Dip is a deliciously healthy appetizer disguised as man-food – sure to please you and your guys’ guy.

Both of these recipes are from the Effortless Entertaining Chapter, making cooking for company simple while also satisfying your man. Forget the junk food and enjoy my “trim & terrific recipes so everyone will be a winner!”

Thanks, Holly and go team! You can also find Holly at The Healthy Cooking Blog.

Eight Layered Greek Dip

This is my go-to make-ahead recipe when I want an impressive knockout appetizer. Move over Mexican! This Mediterranean inspired dip will be your new party favorite - it is mine. Serve with pita chips.

Makes 10 servings


  • Too Hot in the Kitchen 1 (10-ounce) container roasted red pepper hummus
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, reconstituted
  • 1/2 cup chopped peeled cucumber
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese or crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sliced Kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted


  1. Spread hummus on 9-inch serving plate.
  2. Sprinkle evenly with remaining ingredients and refrigerate until serving time.

Nutritional information

  • Calories 90
  • Fat 6g
  • Saturated Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 1mg
  • Sodium 245mg
  • Carbohydrate 7g
  • Dietary Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Protein 2g

Dietary Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 fat

Weight Watchers POINTS = 2

This Mama’s tips

  • This dip would be good on Flatout’s EdgeOn Crisps, sliced veggie sticks, or chopped up broccoli or cauliflower.
  • If your guests or family members have a nut allergy, leave out the pecans or substitute with pine nuts (which is a seed) or shelled sunflower seeds.
  • If you have one, serve in a glass or trifle bowl so everyone can appreciate the layers of color. Pretty!

Meaty Italian Dip

I had friends over one day and they went wild over this recipe, a creamy hearty dip with robust Italian ingredients. I received many recipe requests and everyone ate more and more and more.

Makes 32 (1/4-cup) servings


  • Meaty Italian Dip23211 pound ground sirloin
  • 6 ounces ground breakfast turkey sausage
  • 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup minced roasted red peppers (found in jar)
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichokes, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted chopped tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup nonfat sour cream


  1. In large nonstick pot, cook meat, sausage, mushrooms and onion until meat and sausage are done, about 5-7 minutes. Drain excess fat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, except sour cream and cook until cheese is melted and dip is well heated. Stir in sour cream, heat and serve.

Spicy Advice: Fire-roasted diced tomatoes have a roasted smoky flavor for a more intense tasting tomato.

Nutritional information

  • Calories 67
  • Fat 3g
  • Saturated Fat 2g
  • Cholesterol 19mg
  • Sodium 174mg
  • Carbohydrate 3g
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 1g
  • Protein 6g

Dietary Exchanges: 1 lean meat

Weight Watchers POINTS = 1 for 1/4 cup

This Mama’s tips

  • Use no fat Greek yogurt instead sour cream. Most nonfat sour creams, even the organic ones, are full of fillers.
  • Use ground venison, buffalo or turkey instead of the ground sirloin.


Photographs by Holly Clegg

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