Ah, Super Bowl Sunday—a day reserved for chips, dips, Buffalo wings, and other tasty, calorie-laden snacks. But here’s the thing: you don’t have to sideline your diet to have a good time. Try peppering your spread with some lighter choices. That way, if you overdo it on the nachos during halftime, you can always opt for carrots and hummus during the fourth quarter. It’s all about balance.
I’ll kick off the recipe madness with one of my personal favorites. A friend sent me this easy salsa recipe a few years back, and I’ve made it no less than two dozen times since. She likes to point out that I inhale it so quickly, I often choke on the beans. I wish she was joking.
Black Bean Salsa
Makes a ridiculous, Army-size serving (In other words, I don’t know the exact serving size. But … it makes a lot.)
3 (15.5-ounce) cans black beans
2 (11-ounce) cans extra sweet white/yellow corn
1 bell pepper (any color), diced
1 medium tomato, diced
1 small red onion, diced
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup lime juice
2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
Cilantro (if desired)
Drain and rinse the black beans, and put them in a large bowl. Add the corn, bell pepper, tomato and onion.
In small bowl, mix together red wine vinegar, lime juice and oil. Pour over the veggies and beans and let sit overnight (or longer). Serve with lime chips. Top with cilantro before serving if desired.
Got it? I expect a report back on Monday.
Now, here are other Be Well Philly recipes to add to your Super Bowl menu:
Pumpkin and Squash Chili >> My mom always served a big ol’ Crock Pot of chili on Super Bowl Sunday. This is a great veggie-heavy alternative.
Low-Fat Quesadillas >> Cut these into finger-food-size triangles to get the biggest bang for your cooking buck.
Energy-Boosting Burritos >> You could use the innards of these burritos—loved by the Phillies, natch—as a topping for nachos.
Cilantro-Lime Hummus >> I like to toast up pita chips to go with my homemade hummus using triangles of whole-wheat pita pockets, doused with olive oil, and baked until toasted. Or, go with a tried-and-true spread of fresh veggies for dipping.
Artichoke and Mushroom Bruschetta >> For fancier Super Bowl parties (no judging here!).
Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites >> Because you always leave room for dessert, right?