Saturday, October 17, 2015

Healthy Party Food - Appetizer Crack


Looking for something to serve at a family outing or take to a party that you can nibble on without guilt?  The first time I made this for three friends, they ate the whole bowl - and it was a BIG bowl. We ended up putting the enchiladas I made for the main course in Tupperware for everyone to take home.

It's easy to make but for some chopping, fat free and vegan.  If you want to cut the carbs -  slice up celery sticks to use as a dip transport mechanism.

Around here it's known as Appetizer Crack

(easily cuts in half measurement wise)

2 cups roasted corn, chilled before blending with other ingredients. (honestly, you can  use the Trader Joe's frozen roasted corn and no one will be able to tell the difference)

2 cans black beans - rinsed and drained

2 red peppers

2 green peppers

2 Roma tomatoes - chopped

2 jalapeno peppers, seeds removed and finely diced.

1 cup chopped cilantro. (I'll be honest, I don't like cilantro but I loved it in this dish).

1 medium to med/large red onion - chopped (but not one of those Jabba the Hut sized onions).

DRESSING

juice of 4 limes (if you must use bottled lime juice, try and find the Key West brand, use 8 tablespoons).

2 Tablespoons APPLE CIDER vinegar

1 clove garlic (if you used the minced fresh in the jar, the amount to equal a clove is on the jar, about 2 tsp).

1 teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika (there's sweet and smoky types, get the sweet)

few grinds of fresh pepper,

1/4 (roughly) teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder (I used Penzey's, their stores are in many Midwest cities and you can buy on- line, very reasonably priced). Some stores carry other brands. If you absolutely can't find it, use regular chili powder.

2 Tablespoons honey

1/2 cup  extra virgin olive oil

Directions: Wash all the produce well. Chop and combine all the fresh veggies, the corn and the beans. Chill while mixing dressing. Mix all dressing ingredients except the olive oil. In a thin stream, while using a whisk like you mean it, slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whipping it until it is emulsified (if you want to be boring you can use a blender).

Pour over veggies and stir well, chill at least two hours, re-stir and serve.

4 comments:

  1. That looks delicious! Even I could make that if I got my lazy butt in the kitchen! My downfall would be those tortilla chips!

    C

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  2. Hari Om
    Minus the onion and garlic for me... but OH YEEEAAAHHH!!!
    Eyes-on... YAM xxx

    (this silly YAMroid may change my usual sign off again... but hey ho...)

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    1. Yam - Aunty - I don't know if it would work with your diet guidelines but for friends who can't eat garlic and/or onion due to food sensitivities I've substituted diced celery and fresh fennel (no more than about 45g for both), and sometimes very finely minced carrot to add to the flavor in place of onion and garlic.

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    2. Hari Om
      in Sattvika diet, onion and garlic are kept only for medicinal use (in dishes like rasam - the vege equivalent of chicken soup!). I love celery and use it a lot and can see it would be great with this mix... &*>

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