No matter which team’s jersey we are sporting for this year’s Super Bowl (and despite our friends’ and familys’ slightly crazed team spirit) I think we can all agree on one thing.
The commercials are way more fun to watch.
Oh, wait – That’s not what I was going to say!
Er – what I meant to say is, we can all agree that the Super Bowl is always better with good food! I’m sure no one can object to that statement. Right?
And since we are going to be so busy watching the commer- I mean, the big game – we’re gonna want something that’s as easy to whip up as it is to eat.
Plus, just because most of the on-the-fly snacks out there happen to be Bagel Bites and jarred queso dips does NOT mean we are stuck with over-processed junk food for the occasion.
I’m here to share with you two delicious, easy, & healthy recipes that can take as little as 10 minutes to throw together with the help of a trusty food-processor and a broiler.
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1 whole ripe avocado, peeled and pit removed
1 (15 oz) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
1-2 peeled cloves garlic
About ½ c. loosely packed cilantro leaves
Juice from 1 small lemon
3 T. tahini (sesame seed paste)
¾ tsp. each: garlic powder, cumin powder, salt, onion powder, chili powder
¼- ¾ tsp. cayenne pepper, depending on how spicy you like it!
Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Taste-test for seasoning, and then transfer to a medium bowl. Chill until you're ready to serve it up!
Whole Grain Chipotle Chips
5 + large, whole grain tortillas – find a tortilla with whole grains listed in the first few ingredients (no enriched or bleached or “wheat” flour as a the first or second ingredient) and aim for a low (no trans) fat product
Canola oil cooking spray
Chipotle seasoning or fajita seasoning with no salt added
Cut the tortillas into 1” by 2” strips.
On a baking tray, lay out the tortilla strips and spray them evenly with the cooking spray. Shake a thin layer of chipotle seasoning and a touch of salt across the strips. Flip them over and repeat on the other side. Make sure each chip has a little room between it and the next one.
Turn the broiler on low and place an oven rack about 8 inches from the broiler.
Place the baking tray under the broiler* for about 3 minutes until beginning to brown and curl slightly on the edges and flip all the chips over and broil for another 2-3 minutes. The chips are done when they snap rather than bend.
*Note: When any recipe uses the broiler, be careful to set a timer and not walk away – the broiler gets lava-monster hot – but, seriously – and can cause a fire! Not that I’ve ever set anything on fire in my kitchen… *cough*… so just be careful!