OK, it’s Super Bowl 50! Time for dip!
Some people would say it’s time for football! Not, time for dip!
Also, if a person did shout, time for dip, he probably would NOT be referring to VEGAN dip. He would probably be referring to CHEESE dip or CHEESE dip somehow also involving MEAT, possibly or probably BACON.
Welp, that’s not how it works around here at my house, as you probably already know.
Not only does the dip around here NOT involve cheese, it DOES involve cauliflower and nutritional yeast.
Did I lose you yet?
(I’m pretty sure no football players or football fans are reading this anyway, right?)
That’s OK, I can’t understand football. My brain just doesn’t know how to enjoy it. Every now and then, I ask Pete to explain football to me. Like, I really want to learn, so I can see what everyone is so excited about. I’ll begin like this:
ME: OK. I’m ready to learn about football. I’m really determined this time.
PETE: Are you sure?
ME: Yes. I’m going to sit here with you and watch this TV! I’m going to enjoy this game!
ME: Where do we start?
PETE: First, we crack open a beer.
ME: Alright! So far, so good!!
PETE: OK but are you sure about this?
ME: Yes! How about this? What’s a “first down?” Explain it.
PETE: Well, each team has four…
PETE: Wait, are you sleeping right now?
ME: Whaaaaa…oh sorry. Was I snoring?
One thing I will stay awake for is dip. And snacks. This is a recipe from Healthy Slow Cooking.
- For Cauliflower:
- 4 cups cauliflower florets (1 small head of cauliflower)
- 2 cups water
- 1½ cups thick cut carrot coins (3 small carrots)
- ½ cup raw cashews
- For Blending:
- ½ cup nutritional yeast
- liquid drained from 2 cans (10 ounce/283 g) RO*TEL diced tomatoes and green chilies
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon jalapeno powder, optional
- ¼ teaspoon mustard powder
- Veggies from 2 cans (10 ounce/283 g) RO*TEL diced tomatoes and green chilies
- 1 cup chopped bell peppers, optional
- ¼ cup minced red onions, optional
- ½ cup minced cilantro
- Add the cauliflower, water, carrots and cashews to your Instant Pot (pressure cooker) and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes, then carefully do a quick pressure release by moving the valve to release the pressure. Or add to a large saucepan and cook on the stove over medium heat until your can pierce the carrots easily with a fork.
- Pour the cooked mixture into a strainer over the sink and drain the extra water.
- Put the drained mixture along with the nutritional yeast, liquid drained from the canned tomatoes, smoked paprika, salt, chili powder, jalapeno powder, and mustard powder into your blender.
- Scrape out the blender contents into mixing bowl and stir in the tomatoes and green chilis and any other veggies you're adding in.
- You can serve it room temperature or keep it warm in a slow cooker.
Here’s an excerpt from the movie Trainwreck with Amy Schumer, whose character describes how much she loves professional sports to the other character, Aaron:
AARON: You follow sports?
AMY: Oh my God, sports. I love them.
AARON: Who’re your favorite teams?
AMY: The, uh, I like smaller teams, like not the big leagues. Like the Long Island… Mediums. The Acorn… Pinecones.
AARON: I haven’t heard of them.
AMY: The Fire Island Penguins. I like the Cincinnati Thunderwizards.
AARON: You can stop.
AMY: The Orlando… Blooms.
AARON: You can stop. You don’t follow sports.
AMY: I’m sorry, I don’t. I don’t know anything about sports.
See? I’m not the only one.
OK, let’s get out there and try this ONE MORE TIME!
What’s that you ask? Who’s playing?
Um. Probably a team with a name that has something to do with fierce, carnivorous cats. Probably endangered. Against a team named after large, feral horses.
Sounds like a good match-up!