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A HEALTHY SPIN ON A TAILGATING FAVORITE!

This post is sponsored by Ozarka. All opinions are my own. 

Whole30 Paleo Wings

Tailgating is a Texas tradition, and I was excited when I was asked by Ozarka to share a favorite tailgating recipe!  

I jumped at the chance to share a healthier version of a traditional recipe for all to enjoy.  Wings are a family favorite and they pair perfectly with fresh-cut veggies and the best homemade Ranch dressing ever!  A healthy life is all about balance, so its nice to have something that’s nutritious to go along with the other typical tailgate treats…  

Speaking of traditions, Ozarka 100% Spring Water has been part of Texas for more than 100 years.  It’s sourced from only carefully selected springs in Texas and contains naturally occurring minerals for a refreshing, crisp, and clean taste.  For two years in a row, Ozarka is proud to support the Southlake Carroll HS football program as the official spring water of Dragon Stadium.  I have not been to a Dragon game myself, but from what I’ve heard, it is quite the show!  

Ozarka is celebrating three main pillars of Texas HS football this season- Community Pride, Homecoming, and Tailgating:  

I’ve partnered with Ozarka to help bring tailgating to life and share my favorite (healthy!) recipes.  

Ozarka Water Tailgate Recipe

I grew up in the small town of Taos, NM, and football on Friday nights was a big deal!  Go Tigers!!  Football games and the events leading up to them were where you caught up with your friends and family to cheer the home team on. I have fond memories of being a cheerleader and enjoying those fun moments, such as the homecoming game!  Huge Texas-style Mums aren’t a tradition in New Mexico like they are here, but homecoming is just as festive!

Fast forward to moving to Texas after college, where I quickly discovered that football and tailgating are both a tradition and an obsession!  At my first real-deal Texas high school football game, it was incredible to see how many people were there, and the awesome tailgating parties before.

Healthy Whole30 Paleo tailgate

Paleo Wings | Ozarka Tailgate
I did some research on how to make oven-baked wings crispy, and found that boiling them in water first is a must!  Also, baking on a wire rack allows them to cook more evenly and get crispy.  I discovered the recipe for dairy-free Ranch dressing when I transitioned to a less processed, whole foods diet and haven’t looked back!  It’s flavorful, super easy to make with an immersion blender, and dare I say it…even tastes better than regular Ranch!  It lasts a week in the fridge, but whenever I make a batch at home it never lasts that long!  Put out a platter brimming with your favorite raw veggies for dipping and watch it go fast…

Wings and Dairy Free Paleo Ranch

Try these recipes for tailgating, or anytime!  And, I’d love to hear what your go-to tailgate recipes and favorite recipes are…please comment below and share!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Photography:  Megan Weaver

Simple Paleo Wings
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Ingredients
  1. 3 lbs Chicken Wings
Marinade
  1. Juice of 1 lime
  2. 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  3. 2 or 3 Cloves of Garlic, grated
  4. 1/2-1 tsp Chili Powder ( l like Morton and Bassett)
  5. Salt & Pepper to taste
Hot Sauce (optional)
  1. Mix these together in a bowl and set aside...
  2. 1/4 cup Hot Sauce (We like Frank's Original)
  3. 1 Tbsp melted ghee or butter
  4. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Remove tips of wings with kitchen shears or knife.
  2. Bring water to boil in a large pot. Add wings and boil for 8 minutes.
  3. Strain into a colander and set aside to cool.
  4. Mix up the Marinade.
  5. Once wings have cooled a bit, add wings to marinade and mix well.
  6. Let these sit for a least 30 minutes while you prep the veggies and dip.
  7. Preheat oven to 450F
  8. Line a baking sheet or pan with foil (so clean-up is easy) and add a wire rack on top.
  9. Lay the marinated wings out over the rack and sprinkle with a light dusting of s & p.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes.
  11. Take the wings out of the oven, flip them over, and bake for another 10 minutes.
  12. Remove from the oven, plate, and serve with fresh cut veggies and ranch!
Notes
  1. You can enjoy them coated in hot sauce or as is...both ways are great!
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Ranch Dressing | Paleo | Dairy Free
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup "Light" Tasting Olive Oil
  2. 1 Egg (room temperature)
  3. 1/2 Cup Full Fat Coconut Milk (I prefer the Native Forest brand)
  4. 2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  5. 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  6. 1 Tsp Salt
  7. 1 Tsp Pepper
  8. 3/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
  9. 3/4 Tsp Onion Powder
  10. Handful of Fresh Cilantro Leaves (Or any other fresh herb of your choice. Parsley is good, too, but cilantro is our family's favorite.)
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients together in a container.
  2. I like to use the storage container that came with my immersion blender. It has measurements down the side.
  3. Blend with immersion blender for about one minute. Super easy!
Notes
  1. I've had the best results with this recipe when my ingredients, especially the egg, are at room temperature. Dressing should be nice and thick, the same consistency as regular Ranch.
  2. If dressing comes out runny, refrigerate for a bit, then mix again with immersion blender.
  3. Enjoy with the wings and ranch, or pretty much anything else...Yum!
Adapted from Whole Sisters "Dump" Ranch
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