Heart Healthy Tailgating with #freshfinds from Save Mart

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Do you tailgate?


tailgating meal

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I’m originally from Buffalo, NY, and Buffalonians take their tailgating VERY seriously.

Then, I married a California boy who happens to come from a family that take their racing VERY seriously.

Can you tailgate for auto racing?

That would be a big YES.

My husband can tell you about the best food, at just about every race, in each  city he’s been to.

The Toyota/Savemart 350 at Sonoma Raceway is right around the corner. Even though we’re not far from the track

{my husband spent MUCH time there when it was still Sears Point}

we’re not able to make the race…but that doesn’t mean we can’t tailgate.

Food makes pretty much any sporting event that much better. We’re trying to eat healthier, so I was on a mission to “lighten up” some classic summer tailgate food with fresh, heart healthy ideas.

Save Mart had everything I needed for:


buffalo style crispy baked chicken


Baked Buffalo Style fried Chicken – crispy crunchy with out the skin or the frying

{I used this recipe as my guide, and skipped the Cajun seasoning replacing it with 3 tbsp of hot sauce}

Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad – full of fresh veggies and NO mayo like traditional picnic salads

{recipe here…but I skipped the chicken to make it a side dish, and I left out the dill}




Veggies and dip

and because it’s MY family

Baked french fries; there always needs to be fries:)

{you can see more from my shop here}


chicken and orzo


Buffalo Style {fried} Chicken


  • 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 - 3 tbsp hot suace{use more if you like it HOT}
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup panko
  • 2 lbs chicken - drum sticks,breasts, or thighs
  • {we used a combo}
  • skin removed
  • Cooking spray


  • season the chicken with salt and pepper
  • combine the buttermilk and the hot sauce
  • toss chicken and marinade for at least 30 minutes
  • pre-heat the oven to 400
  • remove the chicken from the buttermilk/sauce
  • coat in panko
  • spray with cooking spray and bake {I strongly suggest using foil to line your baking sheet} for 40 minutes
  • {turn after 20}


Orzo Pasta Salad


  • 3/4 cup uncooked orzo
  • juice and zest from one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup of halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese


  • cook orzo according to package
  • combine the next 6 ingredients
  • pour over orzo
  • toss with the tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, and cucumber
  • top with the goat cheese just before serving

We’ve got a great summer picnic/tailgate feast  with something for everyone…even if my husband thinks you need a brat to watch racing.

{SO not on our heart healthy eating plan}


enjoy the race!