Super Bowl is coming up and, even though I’m not much of a football fan, it still feels like an American holiday to me. Don’t get me wrong, Thanksgiving is totally the biggest meal of the year; but Super Bowl is the biggest pig-out of the year. Or is that just my family?
I’m finally learning how to enjoy the abundance of junk food during these kinds of events while still respecting the fact that the majority of it will, sadly, not leave me feeling good. In fact, most of it (hieeee cheese!!!) will make me feel pretty bad.
But here’s one thing I’ve learned about events like Super Bowl: volunteer to bring a “heathy” dish. Or if you don’t want to freak the host out too bad, call it a veggie side dish. Whatever you call it, find a recipe that is compliant to your dietary needs while also being mainstream and tasty enough for everyone else to enjoy. Not always easy but in the case of Super Bowl, I have it covered: an updated, healthy seven layer dip. One that’s layered with refried beans, tons of guacamole, salsa, feta, kalamata olives, green onions and cilantro. YUM.
A couple notes about the ingredients. First, for the refried beans, I love the brand Better Bean because they are pre-seasoned with real ingredients so you can literally just scoop it straight out of the container. You can find it in the refrigerated section of grocery stores and taste so much better than the canned variety.
For the guacamole, I just smash 4 ripe avocados with sea salt and lime juice. But you can use whatever recipe or brand that you like. And for the salsa, make sure it isn’t too runny. Something like a pico de gallo consistency is ideal. If you do have a salsa that is runny, just drain some of the liquid before layering on top of the guacamole.
Also, I know that there is cheese in this recipe. And I am fully aware that cheese doesn’t usually get along with my digestive system; however, I really think that it is necessary to this dish. It adds a richness that is missed without it. My solution is to use sheep or goat’s milk feta since I seem to have a much easier time digesting that (sorry, cows!)
So go ahead, be that person that brings something healthy to a Super Bowl party. And if anyone needs convincing, just tell them it balances out all of that cheese dip 🙂
I hope you enjoy!
- 28oz Seasoned refried beans (I use Better Bean brand)
- 2 Cups guacamole
- 16oz Jar of chunky salsa (pico de gallo is best), slightly drained
- 8oz Feta, crumbled (sheep or goat's milk if you can find it)
- 1 Cup kalamata olives, chopped
- ½ Bunch green onions, sliced
- Handful of cilantro, chopped
- In either a 9x13 baking dish or deep-dish pie plate, layer each of the ingredients in the order listed above. Serve with tortilla chips.