Avocado Hummus with Whole-Grain Chipotle Chips

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. 

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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?  

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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.

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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.

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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. 

Hut! Hut! Hike!

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Avocado Hummus

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!

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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

Sea salt

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!

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