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Are You Ready for Some…..

SNACKS!  Yes, Superbowl Sunday is one of the most SNACKTACULAR days and there is nothing I love more then a reason to get your friends & fam together with bowls of cold creamy (and sometimes hot) dips, and all of the Crunchy things to dip in them! I may not follow football…. but aside from eating all the foods, I’m just really excited for the Lady Gaga concert happening on Sunday… just sayin 😉

As I always say, balance is key and food denial is not the answer, so let’s keep it real and of course TASTY!

If you know me, I have a savory palate. Give me all the chips and dip!!! I will take chips over cake any day!  So as I look to some of my guilty pleasures and favorites, here are some things I will be serving up this Super Bowl Sunday – nothing fancy just tasty, simple and healthy!

Generally when I think of sporting events, I think of fried foods….one of my guilty pleasures is Onion Rings!  I think the key is to keep them crunchy, and my preference is to use Panko instead of breadcrumbs, making them extra crispy – add any extra seasonings you like to give it an extra kick…. still contemplating what to add to today’s batch!

Now you know the Avocado and I have a love affair ❤ ❤ ❤ – so there is no question there will be Guacamole!  What is not to love about this delectable dip???  Although higher in calories, this dip is packed with lots of nutrients!  I like to add tomato, red onion, garlic, jalapeno and if I want a little extra spice sometimes a little Cayenne!

Would love to know – what do you put in your Guacamole???

Speaking of Dips, I found some inspiration and put a twist on this Ranch Recipe a while back and will be sure to put this out as well!  Ranch Dip is a bit of a staple.  From Veg, to chips, heck even to wings it is versatile fave goes well with all things crunchy!  I’ll be putting out some Veg with the Chips but as a side note, this universal dip is also great as a salad dressing!  All you need is Greek Yogurt (suggest 2% but you can still use the nonfat and it is good too!), Olive oil, garlic and Dill (I use dried – it’s easier, but if you have fresh all the power to you!)  A little parmesan can be added, but I have done without and it comes out just as good, so this is completely up to you!  The dip is extra thick and creamy, and although you can make this in a pinch, it is great if you make it a little ahead of time to let the flavors marinate!


Ok let’s get prepping!  Who are you routing for?
(TEAM GAGA!!! 😉 )

Keep it Tasty!

-SS

Is there Avocado in it? Then YES!

My love affair with avocado will never cease to exist.  This glorious, tasty green fruit brings so much joy and delight to my life in the most simplest of ways. :::swoon:::

In looking for new ways to incorporate my favorite fruit into something other than ❤ Avocado Toast ❤, I took some inspiration from IG and google and found Avocado Pesto! (There are a variety of recipes out there and I used one from POPSUGAR as a base)

Take note: I love to cook, I love eating fresh food (heck, I love eating 😉 ), but when you’re running around all day, time just gets away, and the priorties become: let’s eat something and eat something quick before the HANGER sets in!  I’m all about meals that are simple, quick, healthy and of course TASTY!  This recipe hits ALL categories!!!  The creaminess from the avocado almost makes this meal like a decadent, indulgent treat!

I’ve been saying this for a while now… Fat is your friend (the healthy fats to be exact) and the avocado is
P U R E  P E R F E C T I O N!  Great for your skin, full of fiber and good for you heart healthy fats!  This kind of fat is what will keep you S A T I S F I E D!

For this meal in particular I chose to go half pasta and half zucchini noodle.  Why, you ask?  Well, your bod does need some carbs – it is a part of the fueling process! Being a T1D, I choose Barilla Plus as it is high in Protein and Omegas – this slows the breakdown of carbs (whether you’re T1D or not, def not a bad option!).

Adding the zucchini noodles will help fill your plate, and is a great way to add some extra greens and good for you nutrients without packing on extra calories and carbs.  Your bod needs carbs, but unless you are running a marathon there is no need to overload!

*Here’s a little something…. if you’ve never truly measured out what a serving size of pasta actually is, I HIGHLY suggest doing so.  It will open your eyes to seeing what a true serving size is, and sadly it is a far cry from what you are served at a restaurant.  This is where I insert the Zucchini Noodle love 😉

What you will need:
Serving Size of pasta measured out (optional)
1-2 Green Zucchini
1 Avocado
Basil Leaves 1/3 cup (or dried – I used dried as I did not have fresh – 3 tbsp dried)
Olive Oil – 1 tbsp for sauce, 1-2 tbsp for Zucchini
Salt
Garlic (I prefer more so I used 2 cloves)
1/2 lemon (juice)
Tomatoes (optional – this is my add in)
Parmesan Cheese (optional – of course this is my add in… it’s Cheese and little sprinkle goes a long way!)

While your pasta water is boiling – get your zucchini noodles prepped and put off to the side and start on your sauce.

For the sauce: combine Avocado, Basil, Salt, Lemon, & Garlic.  Personally, I do not have a food processor, but use an Immersion Hand Blender.  Blend until smooth.
(SIDE NOTE – The Immersion Blender is one of my absolute FAVORITE appliances!  I use it for everything from Sauce, Soups, Smoothies – it takes up very little space and so easy to use!)

Saute your zucchini noodles in a little Olive Oil until done to your liking, then combine the Noodles and Zoodles together.  Pour in your sauce, add tomato if you like (I love tomatoes in this, it is a perfect filler, adds beautiful color to your plate and is another  heart healthy fruit!), plate and sprinkle a little parmesan to finish! (You know I had to add a lil cheese in there somewhere!)

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And there you have it, minimal prep, minimal clean up, all good for you real foods,  & ready in under 25mins!!!

I’m looking forward to when it gets warmer out to try this one chilled!

Keep it Tasty friends,

-SS