Slimming down our Favorite Super Bowl Snacks



I'll admit it, I'm not a big football fan, except when it has to do with making food and throwing a party!  As we all know football game food is usually very high in fat, salt and calories.  What I've done is slim down some of our favorites without losing a tasty snack. No, these are not low calorie dishes but I've used fresh ingredients with low fat options to light up the dish, that was my goal.

Layered Dip

1 can(15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
2 scallions, finely chopped
2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups low fat Greek yogurt
1 1/2 low fat cheddar cheese
2 cups fresh salsa, drained for 1 hour, reserve Salsa juice.  I used medium hot salsa
guacamole, recipe follows
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1/2 cup frozen corn, defrosted
3 scallions, finely chopped
2 tablespoon roasted no salt sunflower seeds

Use a nice glass bowl to show all the colorful layers. Mix black beans, scallions, parsley, salt and pepper. Place in glass bowl. Top with yogurt, then cheese, salsa, and guacamole. In a small bowl combine olives, corn, scallions and sunflower seeds.  Sprinkle on top of guacamole. I serve with toasted pita chips, recipe follows.

Guacamole
3 ripe avocados
1/2 red onion, minced
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped
1 tablespoon reserved salsa juice

Slice avocado, remove seed and scoop out pulp. Sprinkle lemon juice over avocados. With a potato mashed, mash avocado. Combine remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.



Pita Chips

1 package pita bread
cooking spray
salt

Heat oven to 400 F.  Slice pita bread in half then in fourths. Open each fourth into two pieces. Place on baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray and lightly salt. Bake for 2 minutes then turn over and bake for an additional two minutes.

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