1/3 cup red onion, chopped
4 tablespoons lime juice
1 small jalapeño pepper (2 for added heat)
4 avocados, peeled and pitted
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 large mango, peeled, seeded and chopped
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
This is one of the easiest things to make because you simply toss everything into a bowl and using a potato masher, mash it to your preferred consistency. Use a food processor to combine everything for really smooth guacamole.
Serve at room temperature.
Spicy Hummus Dip
1 16oz can garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed & drained
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground Cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon curry powder
4 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup sesame tahini
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons hot sauce (optional for added spicing)
Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth.
Serve with fresh veggies, pita wedges or crackers.
Simply Divine Seven Layer Dip
2 cans refried beans
3 medium avocados, seeds removed and chopped
1½ cups sour cream mixed with 1 packet taco seasoning mix*
3 bunches chopped green onions, green parts only
3 medium diced tomatoes, seeds and juicy pulp removed
2 cups shredded cheddar or Mexican cheese blend
1 8oz can black olives, drained and sliced
To assemble, add ingredients in distinct layers, starting with the refried beans and continue down the list. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.
* For healthier super bowl nachos, make your own version of taco seasoning mix rather than using pre-packaged.
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
If you have a couple of minutes to spare, this recipe allows you to make a healthier mix with less salt and no artificial additives or preservatives compared to pre-packaged taco seasoning and costs less!
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons garlic powder
5 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon black pepper
Combine all ingredients in an airtight container and shake well to combine. Use 2-3 tablespoons per pound of ground beef (more or less according to your preferences).
Make a larger batch and store unused amounts in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
Ham and Pickle Pinwheel Appetizers
1 package ham lunch meat
1 jar dill pickles
1 8oz container whipped cream cheese
Lay a piece of ham on a plate and spread the softened cream cheese in a thin layer over the ham.
Next, place a pickle at one end of the meat and cheese slice. Roll this up like you would a jelly roll. Cut into 1/2-inch slices and place them on a serving dish.
You can easily vary this simple appetizer by adding diced olives or pimento to the cream cheese, or by using different seasonings for extra punch. They can also easily be themed by mixing food coloring into the cream cheese for a holiday party – try matching your favorite football team’s colors for example!
1 cup walnut halves
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
A dash ground red pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the walnuts on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly brown.
In a saucepan over medium heat add the sugar, water, cinnamon and ground pepper. Place a candy thermometer in the pan and allow the ingredients to melt. DO NOT STIR until it reaches 238 degrees. This will take about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately stir in the walnuts.
Lightly spray the cooled baking sheet with non-stick spray. Spoon the walnut mixture onto it. After the walnut mix has cooled you can serve whole or crush them into small pieces and place in a serving dish.
Easy Basic Pizza Dough
This versatile dough recipe can be used for pizza, pepperoni rolls or breadsticks for dipping.
2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
3/4 teaspoons brown sugar
1½ cups very warm water (110˚F)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3½ cups all-purpose flour
Add warm water, then yeast and brown sugar to large bowl. Let sit for 10-12 minutes.
Add salt and oil to the bowl, then slowly mix in 2½ cups of flour while stirring constantly with a fork.
Empty dough onto a well-floured surface and knead in more flour until it no longer sticks to your hands.
Shape dough into a ball; transfer to a clean bowl sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Cover bowl with a towel and let sit for approximately one hour in a warm place.
While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 425˚.
Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down with your first and reshape into a ball. After a couple minutes, roll the dough out on a clean, well-floured surface. Place rolled out dough on a pizza pan or stone and brush edges with olive oil.
Top dough with your favorite pizza toppings and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cheese and crust are a nice golden brown.