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Superbowl Extravagaza: Healthy Guacamole

3 Feb

You might think that guacamole is one of the more fatty dips to avoid during a diet. But then you hear that avocado is good for you – a healthy fat, they say. Then why is this delicious go-to party/game dip such a calorie-laden waistline disaster? A little avocado, good for you. Heaping servings of guacamole and 15 tortilla chips…not so much! So I have learned a trick, thanks to some help from others, that will reduce the fat and calories too! Wanna know the secret?

Early Young PEAS! If you are anything like me, I know that right now you are thinking, “GROOOOSSS, what an awful thing to pair with avocado!” But I can promise that you will barely even taste it. Here’s my version of pea & avocado “guac” dip.

If you have some built up frustration, go ahead and start mashing the drained peas with the back of a spoon. Or, you can toss them in a mini food processor and push a button. I did a little of both to get the smooth consistency that I wanted for the peas.

I like my guacamole to have actual bits of avocado in it. So instead of scooping the entire avocado in at once, I mashed the peas together with one half the avocado and then added my seasoning.

For my guacamole seasoning, healthy version, or full calorie-loaded treat, I use: 1 tbsp lime juice, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1/4 tsp garlic salt, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp onion powder. If I have fresh minced garlic on hand, I throw that in too.

Next add your veggies. I usually add both finely chopped yellow onion, and diced roma tomatoes. I love tasting the individual veggies, but if you prefer a smoother taste, leave them out, or mince both veggies to enhance the overall flavor.

Lastly, add your second half of avocado into your dip. Incorporate it with all the ingredients and then grab a chip. I know you’re skeptical, but don’t worry. You won’ taste the peas – unless you’re really searching for them.

Go ahead, have your friends at the party try it. Maybe make one without and one with to see the difference. Yes, there will be one – mostly in a slight color change, but who would have thought PEAS would be the trick? I estimate that you’ll cut calories by half and cut your fat by almost 75% less than an all-avocado version.

If you are making this in advance, cover tightly with plastic wrap and use the pit to keep the guacamole a bright green color. This recipe is best served after being in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

Superbowl Food Extravaganza!

1 Feb

Let’s be real for a moment here, I’m not a huge sports lover, but I am married to one! And for this reason, I have learned to make events like the Superbowl more of a social and fun gathering that just happens to involve the TV. And what a better way to do that then devour in making and eating yummy food?

I also have to admit, I love competition and commercials too. And don’t forget hearing people talk smack about another person’s team, like they coach or own it; that always makes me laugh.

But you’re here for the food. So what has Dish Dash Dime selected to make this weekend? Well, for Superbowl food this year, I thought about three things:

  1. Fast and Easy – This isn’t a gourmet feast
  2. Don’t wanna break the bank over appetizers
  3. Quality in quantity – Feeding the masses as you’d feed just your family

Now those three things seem like they don’t really go together. Rarely do you find quality with quantity at an inexpensive price. Or something that is fast and easy, but also has a quality aspect as well. On another note, since I’m not hosting, but rather attending a party this year, I wanted to make sure that Mr. Dash and myself would have some healthy go-to eats while still enjoying the comfort foods sure to tempt us all night long. I also know some friends that enjoy healthier takes on what should be fatty foods. So on the Superbowl menu this year, we have a selection of seven appetizers, some healthier than others, made for easy snacking and grazing.

  1. Sweet BBQ Chicken Bites
  2. Potato Skins
  3. Guacamole
  4. Turkey Pigs in a Blanket
  5. Potato Wedges
  6. Turkey Bacon Sliders

Now off the bat, those all just sound, well, like good old-fashion bar food/comfort food, filled with all kinds of hidden calories and fat. But you already loose about 20% of those hidden ingredients by cooking up these simple and easy appetizers yourself.

To help with preparation, the guacamole, chicken for the bites, turkey burgers, bacon, and chicken for the nachos can be made the night before. Potato Skins, Wedges and the Pigs in the Blanket are best served fresh they can become soggy in the refrigerator.

Throughout the next few days, we’ll talk about each of these appetizers, sure to make you’re Superbowl party a food extravaganza!

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