Sunday, October 19, 2008

the best dip ever

 Some people call it Cowboy Caviar, some people call it salsa, some people call it dip.  I just call it amazingly good. Not just because it is really good for you, but because it tastes so good, so fresh, so tasty.  It tastes so tasty?  Anyway, you really should try this as soon as possible.  It's so good you'll probably want to have some on hand all the time.   

Here are your ingredients:

(actually this photo shows how much you need to double it, so just pay attention to the recipe)

1 lb. bag of frozen white corn
1 15.5 ounce can black beans, rinsed
2-3 roma tomatoes diced (or 1 15.5 oz. can diced tomatoes)
1 bell pepper, diced (I used orange because it was on sale and it completed my rainbow, but any color will work)
1 large, semi-ripe (still kinda firm, no mush) avocado, diced (optional)
1 4 oz. can jalapenos (optional.  you can also use fresh or pickled)
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 red onion, diced  *this was missing from my photo - oopsie.
1/4 cup italian dressing (I like the light balsamic vinaigrette myself)
juice from 1/2 lime
salt to taste (I don't use it because the chips are usually salty enough)

Combine all ingredients and chill for at least an hour to let the flavors kind of meld and marry and get prepared for delighting your palette to no end.

I serve mine with the blue chips because they are better for you than regular old corn chips.  You choose what works for you and yours.  This is so good, you could just use a spoon if the situation was right.  

What makes it so beneficial?  Corn has vitamins B1, B5, folate, and vitamin C.  Black beans have antioxidants and are full of fiber, plus they maintain blood sugar levels.  Tomatoes contain iron, vitamins A and C, potassium, and can seriously reduce the risk of cancer.  Peppers contain more vitamins, plus thiamin, beta carotene and folic acid.  Onions can also reduce your risk for cancer. Even cilantro is known to help control blood sugar and lower cholesterol.  And I've already told you about the avocados. 

So don't just make it because it's so delicious, do it because your body needs you to.
And let me know whatchya think.


Anonymous said...

Ok, I'm going to have to try this now :)

L.B. said...

My Mens Health mag said salsa was one of the best condiments you could consume. As you illustrate, there are quite a few benefits from eating this. I must admit though the avocados would be left out of mine. Despite their positives, to me the major negative - the taste - is too much to overcome.