Paige’s Game Day Cowboy Caviar

From wings to chips to gameday chili, Americans are gearing up for the greatest football watching (and eating) game of the year! But, tasty and delicious doesn’t mean forgoing healthy and arthritis-friendly foods. To help, JA Warrior and contestant on the Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship” Paige Goehner has shared her favorite arthritis-friendly recipe – Cowboy Caviar Pasta Salad.

“I came up with this recipe because my mom loves the chip dip called cowboy caviar, and she wanted me to turn it into an entrée,” says Paige. “It’s full of veggies and even some fruit. It’s a balanced dish that can also easily be made vegetarian and is dairy free! It has some foods that are anti-inflammatory in nature and it’s easy to make ahead.”

Paige’s Cowboy Caviar Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
1 can black beans
1 can garbanzo beans
1 cup corn kernels
1 of each: yellow bell pepper, orange bell pepper, large avocado, green onion
1-pint cherry tomatoes
6 oz (1/2 box) whole wheat rotini noodles
¼ cup chopped cilantro
½ red onion
6 tbsp crushed pineapple (canned)
3 large limes
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp each: chili powder, coriander, cumin, garlic salt, onion powder, sea salt, black pepper
2 chicken breasts (grilled or rotisserie)

Steps:
1.  Boil pasta until al dente 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, rinse, and refrigerate.
2.  Rinse and drain beans. Add to large bowl. Slice tomatoes in half and add to beans.
3.  Chop peppers, onion, avocado into ¼” pieces. Add to bean mixture.
4.  Add in corn kernels and cilantro.
5.  Slice limes in half and juice them into a small bowl. Include zest of 1 lime into juice.
6.  Add red wine vinegar, olive oil, and chopped pineapple to lime juice.
7. Add minced garlic and all dried spices to lime juice mixtures. Mix well.
8.  Shred chicken breasts and add to vegetables and beans. Then add in pasta noodles.
9.  Pour lime juice dressing over everything and mix well. Refrigerate for one hour. Mix well        before serving.

Want more arthritis-friendly cooking tips? Check out our “Cooking with Arthritis” webpage.

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