Healthy tailgate treats


Commentary by Joe Drozda and Bob Bley

Many tailgate foods get a bad rap from those gluten-free, fat-free, salt-free, taste-free crowds that tell us all how we should eat. After all, tailgating doesn’t occur every day or even every week. Tailgating is an autumn social activity and only happens five or six times a year. As my cardiologist always says, “You can eat anything in moderation.” So, we should try to serve and enjoy foods that taste good. And some of these tasty foods are much better for our health than you think.

For example, a great dish can be made from cauliflower. It is a member of the cancer-fighting cruciferous family of vegetables and is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich and may boost both your heart and brain health. Eating cauliflower will provide your body with impressive amounts of vitamin C, vitamin K, beta-carotene and much more while supporting healthy digestion and detoxification.

Here is a recipe that is not only delicious, but also good for your body and mind. It goes great with a sandwich instead of the usual chips or fries.

Oven Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites


One Medium head of cauliflower

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

2 tsp. garlic powder

1/3 C. paleo buffalo sauce


The night before – Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Line a 9 x 13 baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut down the stem of the cauliflower removing each floret; cut the larger florets into smaller pieces. In a bowl, mix oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder and by hand, gently toss the florets in this mixture to coat, then place them, spaced apart, onto the baking sheet. Using a basting brush, coat each piece of cauliflower with the buffalo sauce, then bake for 30 minutes. Allow the florets to cool. Place them into a plastic, sealable container and refrigerate overnight.

Creamy Buffalo Dipping Sauce:

1/3 C. mayonnaise

1/3 C. sour cream

2 Tbsp. crumbled blue cheese

2 tsp. hot sauce

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Mix together in a bowl and refrigerate overnight.

On game day – Place the containers into your food cooler.  At the parking lot warm the florets in a well-oiled disposable foil baking dish right on your grill covered by a tent of foil.

Serve with coconut yogurt and or creamy buffalo dipping sauce


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