The Super Bowl is this week. Whether you like football or not, chances are you’ll be getting together to watch “the big game” with family and friends, most likely taking part in some “big eating!”
Did you know that besides Thanksgiving, more food is consumed on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year, and the average amount of calories consumed is about 1,500 – and that’s just during the game! Let’s face it, with party spreads consisting of classic gameday grub like pizza, wings, chips, and beer it doesn’t take long for the calories to stack up!
The key to keeping your calorie limit in check while still satisfying those gameday cravings is by making subtle culinary swaps. Love chicken wings and pizza? Skip the greasy, fried takeout and bake your own! Can’t stop snacking on chips and dip? Replace calorie-laden sour cream bases with low-fat Greek yogurt. Or my personal favorite, supplement some of the classic fare with healthy and delicious choices like fresh veggies, guacamole, and hummus! (Hey, even your kale-loving blogger friend here indulges in some pizza and wings as long as my plate is balanced out with some greens!)
You can get my favorite guacamole recipe over here, but for right now, I’m sharing my secret to a Superfood snack for the Super Bowl and a dish that’s sure to get lots of attention – edamame hummus!
I always associate edamame (green soybeans) with Japenese food and sushi, but Nate and I were suprised to see a non-Asian edamame hummus on the menu at Flatiron in Davidson a few weeks ago…we quickly ordered and indulged accordingly. (A quick sidenote – sharing drinks and gourmet small bites at the bar at Flatiron is perfect for a fun and casual date night. It’s one of Nate’s and my favorite spots when we get a rare night out sans our little bean.)
Served with warm pita bread and fresh veggie sticks, this hummus had many of the traditional hummus ingredients including lots of tahini paste, garlic, lemon, and a generous drizzle of olive oil. Chickpea hummus is great, but the edamame provided just a little more bite, and that green color was so darn pretty. I knew I had to try it at home!
High in protein and fiber, edamame is a great base for a healthy snack, dip, or spread. I use frozen, shelled edamame that can be quickly steamed. The addition of nutty tahini paste (ground sesame seeds), garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and herbs such as dill or parsley blend together, to create a dedicant and delicious Super Bowl snack you can actually feel good about eating!
- 1 1/2 cups shelled edamame. (This bag of frozen organic edamame from Harris Teeter is really convienent!)
- 1/3 cup tahini paste
- 1/3- 2/3 cup water
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 garlic clove, smashed (If you’re not a fan of raw garlic, roast the clove for 20 minutes or so.)
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley or dill
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
- Steam edamame until tender, about 4 minutes.
- Transfer beans to food processor. Add tahini paste, lemon juice, spices, parsley or dill (or both!), salt and pepper.
- Pulse mixture slightly. With processor running, add olive oil and a little water until incorporated. Turn off processor, remove lid, and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Add additional spices or salt and pepper, to taste.
- With processor running, continue to add water until desired consistency or smooth. You may need to add more oil or water than suggested above.
- Transfer hummus to a pretty bowl. Garnish with fresh herbs or a drizzle of oil. Serve with pita chips, gluten free bread (Like we did!), and fresh veggies such as carrot sticks, cucumbers, and olives.