Friday, February 03, 2012


It is that time of year again --- the time of year when even folks who aren't football fans can be found watching the sport and enjoying an excuse to eat lots of great food at the same time. Yep, its time for the Super Bowl. So for at least today, I'll take a break from "all things Swazi" and do a little Americana.

Super Bowl Party

Last year, I featured some healthy recipe options for munching pleasure during the Super Bowl. I won't do a whole series this year since we just got back from Africa, but I did want to share this winner with you from my Five-in-a-Row pal, Suz:

1 16oz. can vegetarian re-fried beans (if you make your own, even better)
1 16 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 jar salsa of your choice
black olives, green onions, jalapenos or chiles, if desired
1 - 2 bags blue corn tortilla chips, depending on size of bag
2 - 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
sour cream, additional salsa, olives, onions, etc. for garnish

Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add in any of the optional veggies, if desired, to your liking. Spray a 9 X 13 or larger baking pan. Put in a layer of chips by the handful (this isn't supposed to look neat and tidy, just taste good.) Spoon veggie/salsa mixture over chips. Top with another layer of chips. Top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is bubbly, but not brown. (Unless you like it that way, then leave it in until it suits you.) Cut into squares and serve on a plate with a fork and desired garnishes. Serves ??? depending on a.) how many squares you cut, b.) how many other dishes you have to serve, c.) how many discover these things before the rest of the crowd, and d.) how much the outcome of the game is affecting appetites....

You can serve this on salad greens for a type of taco salad, if you want to make it a full meal. We sometimes do. I use the good for you blue tortilla chips, btw, and 2% cheese, and typically skip the canned veggies in favor of homemade beans and salsa. But then I pile on the sour cream to alleviate any guilt my tummy may lay on me later.


To find more healthy options that also offer winning taste, check out these blog posts from last year:

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