February 4, 2011

Super Bowl Snacks

Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend kicking off one of the more popular events for finger foods. Dips are one such food that my kids like because they get to choose their own chips and serve themselves. Free of the eight most common allergens, these two dips are great to prepare for parties with food-allergic children.
Avocados are full of monosaturated fat which, according to studies, helps to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol levels. Guacamole is a perfect showcase for ripened avocados and tomatoes and it's easy to make. I like to use this recipe found on AllRecipes.com. 100,000 fans can't be wrong! I do make some changes by adding 1/2 tsp ground cumin and 1/2 tsp dried oregano to it.
Hummus Hummus is a protein-packed dip that is great with chips, pita, and vegetables. It is traditionally made with ground garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and tahini, a paste made purely of ground sesame seeds. Grab a food processor and whip this together in no time:Ingredients:1 15oz can of garbanzo beans
1 1/2 T tahini
1 T oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 t chopped cilantro
Juice of 1/2 of a lemon (you may want more)
salt to taste
Paprika (optional)
Drain canned garbanzo beans, reserving the liquid for use. Grind all ingredients in food processor gradually adding small amounts of the bean liquid. Add bean liquid and additional water and blend again until you reach the consistency you prefer. Garnish with paprika.
Serve guacamole and hummus with fresh vegetables such as celery stalks, baby carrots, and snap peas or your favorite allergy-free chips, bread, or crackers.
We would love to hear what your favorite Super Bowl foods are and if you've modified them to be allergy-free.

1 comment:

  1. I must admit I've never attempted homemade guacamole or hummus. But I'm going to get myself to the market and pick up some ingredients, and hopefully mine will look as good (and taste as good!) as yours!