I realized the other day that the Super Bowl is fast approaching. Now I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a football fan, especially now that the Cowboy’s aren’t in the running anymore. My husband makes fun of me of how little I know about the game (hey, I DO know it’s called a “touch down” and not a “home run,” thank you very much..). But, when it comes to the entertaining commercials and best of all – Super Bowl food – I am all in. The Super Bowl is notorious for being the biggest junk-food, poor food choice day of the ENTIRE year, but I can tell you it absolutely doesn’t have to be that way. And no, I don’t believe you have to torture yourself with cardboard rice patties and celery sticks instead.

I cannot make this dip I’m about to share for a get-together without getting approached for the recipe. It’s make-ahead, ridiculously easy, and a family favorite of ours. I’m also happy to share it with you because it is high in fiber and so much friendlier to the waistline than a lot of super-bowl food out there, although you certainly don’t have to tell everyone it’s healthy (that’s our little secret). This is a must-try, and I promise you it will be a “please, please, please make this again” hit to add to your recipe repertoire. Also makes for a refreshing, colorful appetizer or taco topping for those summer get-together’s as well…

Corn and Black-Eye Salsa                                                 Makes about 8 cups

Ingredients:
2 cans black-eye peas (can also use canned field peas), rinsed and drained

2 cans reduced sodium corn (I like to use white shoepeg corn), drained
2 cans diced tomatoes with chiles
1 can reduced sodium diced tomatoes
5 green onions, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 16 oz bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing

*Note – all the cans I used are about 14-15 oz size, so anything around that range. I always buy reduced sodium when the option is available and it still tastes amazing.

Directions:
1) Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl or Tupperware container with a lid
2) Cover and chill overnight or for at least 8 hours.
3) Drain off dip before serving. Serve with baked tortilla chips and enjoy!

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Interested in ditching other preservative-laden dips on game day? You can still enjoy those traditional favorites by making them at home (not as hard as one would think..). Check it out here. I also have game-day tips to help you stay on track while still enjoying yourself here.

Throw it together and let me know what you think!

Until next time!

~Elissa