Giveaway: $50 American Express Gift Card

laysingredientsAs a girl who lives alone in a tiny studio apartment, I don’t get to entertain nearly as much as I’d like.

Last night, though — as it was a balmy 98 degrees outside my window and I was hanging with my family, there was no way I was going to turn on the oven, no matter how much I enjoy cooking.

As I’ve mentioned in early posts this week, my air-conditioner fried in the middle of this intense heat wave and I JUST (as in yesterday!) got a new one. It’s been intense, I’m a bit shell-shocked.

In an effort to keep my apartment cool, I avoid turning on my oven unless it’s really necessary. That means I grill a lot, and find ways to make creative snacks that involve no heat at all.

Frito-Lay had recently shared some recipes and coupons to incorporate them into my summer snacks, and this seemed a perfect opportunity to buy some Lay’s® Classic potato chips and Tostitos® Scoops!® tortilla chips, and get preparing.

I often shun snack foods because not all chips are created equal. I try to look for chips made with simple ingredients, like Lay’s® Classic potato chips, made with potatoes, oils and salt, and Tostitos® Scoops!® tortilla chips, made with corn, oils and salt.

cornbitesLast night, I used these chips as a vehicle to scoop up extra nutrition by pairing them with wholesome dips such as these Corn and Black Bean Bites.They came out so delicious! (If you follow me on Instagram, you can see the whole recipe process!)

The corn and black bean bites are very healthy and easy to make — a non-cooking required mix of 2 cups frozen sweet corn, thawed, 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained, 1 bunch green onions, chopped, 1/2 avocado, sliced
Juice of half a lime, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, 1 cup TOSTITOS® Restaurant Style Salsa. My other dip, my own personal guacamole, used all those ingrdients as well, just minus the corn and switching out the salsa for fresh-cut tomatoes and a jalapeño. Both went over very well and everyone was scooping up and looking for seconds!

I made two recipes — the corn and black bean bites and also my own homemade guacamole — both utilize a lot of the same ingredients, so it’s great for avoiding waste, and including my lucky find of fresh from garden cilantro really made all the difference.

Giveaway: So you can buy these ingredients and conjure up a mini summer get-together of your own, I’m giving away a $50 American Express gift card. To have your chance to win, please share some treats you like to make in your own summer entertaining. Deadline to enter is August 1. Please make sure you are following on Twitter at @AlyWalansky and also subscribe to my blog (you can do so via the subscribe box at right). For extra credit, please also follow me on Instagram — I promise to be entertaining! Good luck!

I participated in this sponsored campaign for One2One Network. I received monetary compensation and product to facilitate my post, but all opinions stated are my own.



  1. Mami2jcn

    I like to make Colombian empanadas!

  2. Margaret Smith

    One of my favorites is a layered dip that I make. In a pyrex pie plate, I layer spread out cream cheese, refried beans, salsa and shredded cheddar cheese. I microwave until cheese ontop is melted and serve the dip with Frito corn chips. It’s always a hit.

  3. Kelly D

    I would make a layered nacho dip and brownies.

  4. Kelly D

    I Follow you on Instagram(Kellywcu)

  5. Holly Wert

    twitter follower as @holly_gardens

    i like to make jalapeno poppers and anything chocolate


  6. Mary Beth Elderton

    (@mbm218 on twitter) I make a tortellini salad that is good cold. I also love to make different recipes from the same sets of ingredients :)

  7. Tracy Robertson

    I love Tostito’s Scoops! I like to make simple nachos with them. I just put a little fully cooked ground beef in the chips, cover with shredded cheese and broil for 3 minutes, then serve with salsa.

  8. Name *

    I like to make individual pizzas
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  9. amy pugmire

    I love to make my spinach avocado dip!

  10. Jessie C.

    I like making fruity popsicles and bite size dark chocolate zucchini brownies for summer entertaining.

  11. Jessie C.

    Follow on Instagram.

  12. Elena

    Follow you on Instagram


  13. I’d use the scoops to scoop up my crab dip! I made Crab and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms today!

    Con Ed is conserving power in my neighborhood and I’ve had no Air during the worst of this heat wave either, and the idiots who had this apartment before me put in a tin roof so it’s an icebox in winter and a Boiling Inferno in summer and without AC it’s been un-bearable so I can definitely empathize. Yet, so typical New York, my annoying downstairs neighbors and their loud radio is working just fine! GRRRR

  14. Nancy Reid

    I like to make cool, refreshing but filling main dish salads like the one found here ~ > http://pinterest.com/pin/17662623511217758/ You’ll be happy to see that it also contains cilantro as one of its ingredients! I follow you on twitter as @eyewonit and on instagram under the same name! Bon appetite, Aly!!

  15. Joanna

    I have been leaning onto making French Macaroons for summer for the pass couple days.
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  16. Holly B

    I’m dying to make some caprese with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella :)

  17. Kelsey

    I like to have a mozzorla, tomato, andgarlic salad with balsamic and olive oil. I also like to mix lime juice, tequilla, and blackberries simple syrup iwith some soda water.

  18. Ann Fantom

    I like to make my 3 bean salad because it holds up well in the heat

  19. I love making s’mores in the summer and rice crispy treats!

  20. jeannine s (@mellanhead)

    I like to make salami pasta salad, frozen smoothie pops and wins slusies

  21. jada giarretta

    I like to toss shrimp with some spices and grill them on skewers and serve with a little guacamole

  22. Cynthia C

    I like to make grilled pizzas.

    Follow on twitter @clc408
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  23. Rosanne

    I just got done making blueberry muffins with a whole pint of fresh blueberries. I also made Chocolate walnut Ghirardelli brownies as we are taking DIL and grandson to beach tomorrow.
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  24. Rosanne

    Follow on Instagram

  25. Veronica Vasquez

    My favorites are fruit smoothies, freshly made salsa, and spicy queso! I follow you on twitter @ChaoticKarma23 and am an email subscriber :)

  26. Veronica Vasquez

    Following you on instagram :) My username is chaotickarma23

  27. Leidy

    Making Avocado dip is really easy and delicious, all you need to do is blend avocados, fresh cream, cilantro, onion, splash of lemon juice, salt and pepper. Serve with Tostitos Scoops and Salsa and you are good to go

  28. @momochompers

    Duribg the summer time I like to make rice krispie treat, fruit kabobs to keep my family cool, smoothies, ice cream floats, and smores!!!!!

  29. Carolyn G

    I like making guacamole and fresh bruschetta with my garden herbs and tomatoes!

  30. Layered bean dip. Woohoo!

  31. Rosie

    I’m following your blog and on twitter. I adore making my own ice cream from healthy ingredients in the summer. I have a little Cuisinart and it is perfect. Cashew butter with banana ginger, etc., also strawberry cheesecake and so many delish recipes! I also like to make smoothies! all kinds! so much fun!

  32. Tara

    corn on the cob

  33. Janice

    we like to make homemade smoothies and salsa. Already following @AlyWalansky as @cappytweet and e-mail subscriber. :)

  34. Lisa

    I love to make strawberry shortcake in the summer months

  35. Tamar

    I like making burgers and hot dogs.

    Subscriber + follower (@tamarsw)

  36. Oanh H.

    I like making small kimchi pancakes with bacon on top and have sweet & sour soy sauce for guest to dip them in. I’m a follower on twitter at julybug17.

  37. Tooth Fairy

    I love to make a Taco Salad for a nice light meal with Mexican flavour! ☺

  38. Tooth Fairy

    @toothfairycyber follows you and is subscribed too ☺☺

  39. Jenna

    I like to make stuffed mushrooms, chocolate chip cookies and frosty berry smoothies

  40. helenlam

    Vietnamese spring rolls and a Thai silver noodle salad. Both are cool and refreshing on those hot summer days.

  41. Rajee (@momsfocus)

    love to make stuff mushroom with onion, tomato and spices. Have you tried it? It is so yummy subscriber, follower on twitter and instagram

  42. Vunda V

    i love making chips and guacamole!

  43. KHBride

    I like to make cheesecake and since it is summer ice cream or frozen yogurt

  44. KHBride

    I’m subscribed and follow on twitter.

  45. Susan P.

    In the summer, I like to make egg potato salad or pasta salad.

  46. Susan P.

    I subscribe to your emails.

  47. Susan P.

    I follow you on Twitter and Instagram.

  48. Alaine

    Guacamole, scotcheroos, & hummus.
    I like you on twitter and subscribe via emails.

  49. Sara Floyd

    I like to make pasta salad, good and chilled! I follow you on twitter @floydsara and subscribe

  50. Barbara Montag

    I love making Jalapeno Roll ups – thank you.
    I follow you on Twitter @JalapenoMama

    • Barbara Montag

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  51. rachel

    Fried eggrolls! So delicious! And fruit salad for something light

  52. Susan Christy

    Love corn dip with tostitos scoops.

  53. anissa (an) gooch

    I love to make my cheesy artichoke dip with a kick. very easy
    – can artichoke
    -1 package of cheese
    -1 cream cheese
    -1 rotel HOT or regular if you are scared
    mix all up and put in the microwave for until melted and serve with wheat thins or triscuits
    following @Gucchie23

  54. Christine

    a bean dip

  55. Kyl Neusch

    spinach avocado dip

  56. Karla Sceviour

    I like to make salads,bbq`s with all the fixins,,nachos,and of course,smores for a nighttime fire :)

  57. Karla Sceviour

    I also follow you on twitter

  58. Karla Sceviour

    I subscribe to your blog as well :)

  59. Susan Christy

    For my extra credit – I follow you on Instagram!

  60. Rosie

    I’m already following u on Twitter and your blog! My fav treats are to make little hand pies with organic berries or peaches! Also, veggie trays with varieties of homemade hummus, and fruit trays with dips from Greek yogurt! yum!

  61. kolpin

    i like to make ceviche with a tropical twist, usually mango and shrimp and lime are involved!

  62. kolpin

    i’m an email subscriber kolpin4680 at gmail dot com
    twitter follower @kolpin4680
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  63. Kimberly Hilbert

    I buy everything and make nothing. I use tostitos little cup chips to put in already made Cowboy Caviar. Everyone loves it!

    I subscribe to your blog and twitter.

    I’m sorry to bother you, but could you please follow me back on twitter?


    Unfortunately, I’m reaching my 2,000 limit on twitter. I would love to get all the twitter accounts that I use often to follow. Then I’ll know which are ‘old’ accounts that aren’t used and I can cull them.

    Thanks so much! I appreciate your help!

  64. Erica H

    I want to make the spinach avocado dip, my 2 favorite foods combined!

  65. Katie K

    7 layer bean dip and assorted salsas

  66. Sarah L

    I go to the Farmer’s market and get what fruits are in season and make fruit salad with fresh mint from my garden.
    Thanks for the contest.

  67. Sarah L

    Twitter follow you: slehan

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  68. ellen beck

    I like making things I can utilize garden harvests- it is almost time to make fresh salsa (tomatoes are ripening)

  69. ellen beck

    I am one of your twitter followers @tannawings

  70. ellen beck

    I am one of your blog subscribers- just switched from using a really old yahoo addy (which I have used for years) to the gmail one.

  71. ellen beck

    I dont have instagram but follow you on facebook and see a bunch of your great pictures does that count ? :)

    Thanks for the contest Ally!

  72. joanne tortola

    I’m all about that Sangria in the summertime!

  73. maureen

    I like to make quesadillas and guacomole and homemade chips!!

  74. brittney house

    I would love to make some homemade fruit smoothies

  75. Karrie Millheim

    I love making enchiladas. I just learned how to make jalepeno Poppers too

  76. Pauline M

    I love to make my cinnamon scones for Sunday brunch…. OK I made some on Monday to take to work! It was a big hit!

  77. Robin

    I like to make my macaroni salad.

  78. Amanda Sakovitz

    I love to make pasta salad!

  79. Amanda Sakovitz

    I subscribe by email

  80. Amanda Sakovitz

    I follow you on instagram (pokergrl8)

  81. Susan Smith

    I love making an Italian Pasta Salad with spiral noodles, cheese, cut up vegetables, onions olives and Itaian salad dressing.

  82. Susan Smith

    I’m an email subscriber and twitter follower susan1215

  83. Richard Hicks

    I like to make Chalupas with Chorizo as a finger food for parties.

  84. Richard Hicks

    subscribe via email with brich22 at earthlink dot net

    twitter follow ardy22

  85. Lisa Brown

    For summer entertaining, I make tons of potato salad, macaroni salad, and baked beans.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  86. Eileen Burke

    I like to do a platter of buffalo wings for entertaining.

  87. jeannine s

    those looks so good

  88. jeannine s

    follow on instagram as mellanhead

  89. Sherry Conrad

    Ice cream sandwiches made with a variety of cookies and ice creams.

  90. susan smoaks

    twitter follower, newsletter subscriber, instagram follower

    i like to make kabobs with fruit on them for dessert with chocolate to dip them in, it’s absolutely wonderful

  91. joseph gersch jr

    i make lemon jello frozen pops

  92. Shannon S.

    I love to make my dips. My spicy taco dip is always a hit.

  93. LB

    follow via email and twitter as lbandj

    I like making stuff with watermelon in the summer – smoothies, salad and this year I made infused water!

  94. LB

    follow on instagram as lbandj

  95. tara pittman

    I love to make cookies

  96. Thomas Murphy

    I like to make s’mores

  97. Thomas Murphy

    I follow you on instagram as rounder9834 and on twitter as @thomasmurphy40.

  98. Vikki Billings

    We like bbqing hamburgers and hot dogs, I make nachos and little smokies in bbq sauce.

  99. Heather S

    I make peanut butter cookies

  100. Rakesh

    I like nachos

  101. Brian E.

    Thanks for the giveaway…we like to make homemade Margarita Ice Cream for dessert at our BBQ’s !

  102. KHBride

    I subscribe and follow you on twitter as @KHBride

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