The Husband and I LOVE to tailgate. And after dozens of University of Miami games, we host a pretty fun tailgate experience, if I do say so myself.
Think: great food, silly games, delicious drinks, live television (oh yeah!), and themed playlists, all under a shady tent.
Itâ€™s intense. Itâ€™s awesome. If my tent was a wee bit larger, I would invite everyone reading this over for keg â€˜nâ€™ eggs. But only if you are willing to cheer for Miami! (Although Miami isnâ€™t my alma mater, I was born and raised in the city and love the football team.)
My favorite part of the tailgate experience, by far, is planning the menu. For noon games, we usually have breakfast and lunch at the tailgate. For evening games, we have a snack and dinner. Since 2009, weâ€™ve done â€˜Healthy Tailgate.â€™ Itâ€™s a fun challenge for me to plan a vegetarian menu that is transportable, grillable, and delicious â€“ even if itâ€™s cooked and consumed in a parking lot. Some of my favorites include:
Grilled scrambled egg pizza:
Canned corn, salsa, and black bean dip <â€” just mix and serve! Super easy to make and SO delicious!
Grilled zucchini, squash, and mushroom sandwiches:
And, of course, champagne and pomegranate juice. Always an excellent way to begin a tailgate, if you ask me!
So â€“ tomorrow is likely our one and only tailgate of the year. Cue: football-shaped tears pouring down the Husbandâ€™s cheeks. This means we MUST make the tailgate count. Hereâ€™s our menu â€“ Iâ€™m so excited to get to grillinâ€™!
Strawberry, grapefruit, and apple fruit salad
Vegan potato salad (based on this recipe; love the pickle addition!)
Morningstar fake sausages
Veggie burgers with grilled green and red peppers
Quinoa salad with coconut curry dressing, cashews, tomatoes, and broccoli
Chips and salsa
Vegetarian baked beans
Whatâ€™s your favorite part of tailgating? I really do love the cooking but oh â€“ the games are SO MUCH fun!