My favorite taste testers have arrived! That’s right, and they’ve traveled over 1,000 miles to get here in search of warm weather on their Spring Break. Unfortuantely, my son, Boomer, and his wrestling teammates from the University of Missouri haven’t found what they were hoping for. But althought the temperatures are cold, their appetites are not!
Now before I share a wrestler inspired recipe, I want to reveal why I have grown to like this sport, aka grappling. You see, I didn’t always like it. Well, actually, I felt it didn’t like me. It often left me feeling disenchanted. Let me explain, first there was the writer from the newspaper who wrote a wrestling article that appeared in our local paper the year Boomer started wrestling (kindergarten). The writer’s conclusion, “This may be what gets him (Boomer) in trouble when he’s all grown up.” Say what? I thought sports kept kids out of trouble! Then there was the second grade teacher who couldn’t get over the fact my son was turning down a birthday cupcake on a Friday afternoon, in anticipaion of a Friday night weigh-in for a wrestling tournament he was participating in. Geez! And then the final heart breaker, when my son chose a college wrestling career over golf and many of my family members and friends asked “Why?” So you see, wrestling isn’t very well understood, and even associating with wrestling has been a bit of a go.
So why do I like it? I cannot honestly cheer for another sport with the same intensity that I do for wrestling. I don’t get goosebumps before the kickoff of any big game. I have no feelings for a bunch of men (whom I don’t know) running up and down the hardcourt. But I do get butterflies before the NCAA wrestling tournament. Thoughout the years, I have come in contact with countless wrestlers. I have seen them injured, seen them healthy. I have housed them, cooked for them, washed their clothes. I have seen them on their good days and their bad. I’ve watched them evolve from awkward middle schoolers to powerful collegiate athletes. Some have gone on to become All Americans, National Champions and even Olympians. Yet, they remain down to earth. I credit their humble sport for this. Yes, passion for the sport is something they all exhibit. The sport offers limited money and /or material gains, but garners intangle rewards that teach the athletes life lessons. They wrestle for one thing: the satisfaction of the effort.
While many cheer for the colors of their school, I cheer for those I have watched battle against the odds. Those whose journey I have been a part of. One of the significant parts of the journey for wrestlers is managing weight, which brings me to the recipe I am sharing today. Wrestlers must be smart about how they fuel their bodies and I’m all for fitting in some of the wrestlers favorite foods, including cupcakes. And yes, I do have a recipe for that! But today I sharing my a recipe for tortilla chips. These are baked, saving calories for the weight conscience wrestler or anyone else loking for an indulgent snack minus some of the calories.
- 10 6-inch corn tortillas
- 1 Tablespoon canola oil
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- juice from 1/2 lime (about 1 tablespoon)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Cut tortillas in half and then in quarters.
3. Spread tortillas in a single layer on a baking tray.
4. Using a mister lightly spray tops of tortillas with oil (or use a brush and brush lightly) and then season with sea salt.
5. Drizzle with lime juice.
5. Bake for 25-30 minutes until tortilla chips turn crisp and golden.
6. Remove from oven. Allow to cool and serve with salsa.