Super Bowl Treats – Appetizers

These did not last through the first first down.

These did not last through the first first down.

Despite not being the biggest football fan, we always do something for the Super Bowl.  I was determined to not let the lure of battered, breaded, and fried treats ruin me this time, so I invited some people over and took matters into my own hands.  I sent out an email and asked for health conscious treats only, please, and even name checked The Biggest Loser, which always seems to scare people healthy.  (I am surprised no one brought Extra Sugarfree Gum, or Jennie-O Turkey. The product placement on that show is amazing.)

 

The results overall were very good.  For our first course, before kickoff, I made a few spreads, put out some veggies and baked pita chips and made the awesome shrimp above.  Whole Food was having A SALE (Whaaa? For real) on shrimp, so I stocked up.  These were simple, and delicious.  The dips, of which there are no pictures, were also great and went really well with veggies or pita chips.

 

Simple Spicy Shrimp

  

*Coat 2 lbs of peeled, cooked (mine were cooked, frozen, and thawed) shrimp with 1 tsp each of the following:

 

Cumin

Chili Powder

Canola (or veggie) oil

Garlic

Hot Sauce

Salt and pepper (more or less to your liking)

Lemon Juice (about one small lemon)

 

*Allow to sit in the spices for a few minutes, and then grill until heated through and nicely caramelized.  Serve with cocktail sauce.

 

 

White Bean and Artichoke Dip

 

*In a food processor or blender, combine the follow:

 

2 cans cannellini beans

1 can artichoke hearts

1 lemon, juiced

¼ parmesan cheese (maybe a smidge more)

Salt and pepper

 

*After these ingredients are well mixed, stream olive oil into the running food processor until smooth, probably ¼ cup. 

 

*Remove from the food processor and stir in a large handful of finely chopped basil.  Serve with veggies, pita chips, or eat with a spoon!

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