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January 14, 2019

Will You Be Watching The Big Game At Your Inspirada Home?

I don’t know about you, but the first thing I think about when I think about the Super Bowl is food. And, oh yeah, football!

If you’re hosting a game watching party at your home, there’s one less thing for you to worry about: we crafted the perfect menu for the festivities. Now you can sit back and enjoy the game … and the commercials.

Cowboy Caviar

Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan

Have you had cowboy caviar? This crowd-pleasing dip is so easy to prepare, so it almost feels like you’re getting away with something. Plus, the name alone seems fitting for our Inspirada homes in the West.

Recipe adapted from Spend With Pennies.


  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, seeds removed and quartered
  • 2 avocados, cut into cubes
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained (15 oz.)
  • 1 can black-eyed peas rinsed and drained (15 oz.)
  • 5-2 cans of whole kernel or sweet corn, rinsed and drained (15.25 oz.)
  • 1 red pepper, with the ribs and seeds removed, diced
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1 jalapeno pepper with the seeds and ribs removed, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup cilantro finely chopped


  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Combine all of the ingredients (tomatoes, black beans, black-eyed beans, corn, red pepper, red onion, jalapeno pepper, and cilantro) in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients (olive oil, red wine vinegar, lime juice, sugar, salt, pepper, and garlic powder).

Pour the dressing over the ingredients in the large bowl and gently toss to combine. Keep refrigerated before serving.

To eat, you can use corn tortilla chips to dip or any other dip-friendly cracker (make sure they’re gluten-free if someone in your party has a gluten-free diet).

Waffle Fry Nachos

Step up your nacho game this year with these waffle fry nachos. It’s like an easier version of a loaded baked potato, mixed with nachos.

Inspired by this Taste of Home recipe.


  • 1 package (22 oz.) frozen waffle fries
  • 10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ cups shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • Sour cream (a dollop, or more for preference)
  • 4 green onions, finely chopped

Bake fries according to the package directions. While the oven is still hot, take the fries out and top with the cheese and bacon. Return to the oven for another 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve with the sour cream.

Spicy Asian Chicken Wings

This recipe comes courtesy of an Inspirada neighbor. Watch the video above to see Scott and his mom make the wings together.


  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Rice vinegar, about half of a 12 oz. bottle
  • Sriracha, to your desired amount for spice level
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Yoshida’s sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 pack of boneless skinless chicken thighs, about 3.5 lbs.

Place chicken in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper, making sure all sides are seasoned. Let the chicken sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Preheat the grill to medium-high. Use the canola oil to clean and grease the grates.

While the grill is preheating, mix up the sauce. In a medium bowl, whisk garlic, rice vinegar, sriracha, soy sauce, Yoshida’s sauce, and honey to combine.

Cook chicken on the grill for 10 minutes per side. Once cooked, toss in sauce. Top with green onions.

Winter Sangria


While an ice-cold beer is perfect for watching the game, sometimes you want to mix it up a little. This winter sangria features flavors like orange, honey, cinnamon, and apple.

Recipe adapted from Cookie and Kate.


  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 blood oranges (you can substitute clementine oranges)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped into cubes
  • Seeds from one pomegranate
  • ¼ cup brandy
  • A bottle of a sweet, sparkling rosé, chilled

Juice two of the blood oranges and supreme the remaining blood orange. In a large pitcher, whisk together the juice of the oranges, honey, and brandy. Add in the supreme oranges, pomegranate seeds, and apple. Stir to combine and cover. Set aside this mixture in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. When you’re ready to serve, add the wine and stir gently to combine.

With these recipes, you can cross one thing off your to-do list for the Super Bowl party at your Inspirada home: the menu. If you’d like to see other recipes from Inspirada residents click here.

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