Our hometown team is playing in the big game this weekend and all this talk of, well… deflated balls has distracted from what really matters: the food.
My friends at Blue Diamond Almonds recently sent me two of their tastiest flavors to incorporate into some game-worthy snacks. Whether you’re heading to Arizona (please take me and all three feet of snow with you) or hosting friends at home, I hope you’ll enjoy these simple, but delicious snacks.
Smoky almond and black bean dip
I had never thought to add almonds to my favorite vegetarian dip, but I love the warm, smoky flavor they add.
- 1 can of organic black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup of Blue Diamond Smokehouse almonds
- 1/2 red onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
- 2 cloves of garlic
- Pinch of cumin
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Um… put everything in the blender and pulse.
- Garnish with a few chopped almonds and serve with fresh vegetables or tortilla chips.
Vegetable dumplings with Wasabi & Soy Sauce almonds
This recipe is a tiny bit more involved, but still easy (I promise). It makes 6 dumplings and can easily be doubled… or tripled… or whatever. I chose to quickly pan fry my dumplings, but you might consider baking or steaming them.
- Wonton wrappers
- Your choice of finely chopped vegetables (I used what I had on hand: shredded carrots, sugar snap peas, mung bean sprouts, red bell peppers, green onions), approximately 2 cups
- 1/4 cup of Blue Diamond Wasabi & Soy Sauce almonds, chopped
- Splash of liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
- 1 tsp. coconut oil (or olive oil)
- For the filling: in a bowl, combine vegetables, almonds and liquid aminos
- Add a small amount of filling to the center of each wonton wrapper
- Carefully fold each wrapper in half and seal the edges with water
- In a hot skillet or frying pan, cook dumplings (two at a time) in coconut oil, flipping until each side is browned.
- Serve with liquid aminos or soy sauce for dipping.
Simple, easy and uncomplicated. That’s how I like my game time snacks. As for the game itself, well… complicated is interesting, right?
Also On Tap for Today:
- I am really proud of my shoveling prowess today
- Love this tutorial on hand lettering
- Did I say this already? Go Patriots!
What are you whipping up for Sunday?