My favorite part of any meal – the dips!

No meal is complete without an extra kick, that bonus flavor.  Growing up, 7 layer dip w/chips ALL DAY.  Sour cream. Salsa.  Ranch.  Garlic Butter. Cheese. Marinara. Buffalo Sauce.   Shit, really anything dip-able.

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Well these days I’m a little more aware of what I’m eating, still a dip lover, but not so much the garlic butter from the Papa John’s pizza boxes style anymore.

And the best part, these dips are easy peasy, healthy & you can make them at home so you know what you’re eating.  (My favorite thing.)  Plus, you can make these dips anywhere – thanks gosh because homemade guacamole saved me from my Mexican food cravings whilst in Dubai.  And now homemade hummus is doing the same while here in the States.  OUI OUI.

Here you go, my 3 favorite DIPS to accompany any food:

Guacamole

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(I’m on a guacamole bender from the Cajun Shrimp Guacamole Bites recipe, I might surrender my own recipe for this one.  And anyone that’s tasted it agrees something’s different & damn delicious – Thanks Joyful Healthy Eats!!  )

4 small avocados

½ cup cilantro

juice of 1 lime (about 2-3 tablespoons)

1½ tablespoons red wine vinegar

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

salt to taste

Directions: Add avocado, cilantro, lime juice, red wine vinegar, red pepper flakes, and salt to a food processor or blender. Lightly pulse until the mixture is smooth.

+ Accompany with: Chips, Carrots, Tacos, Shrimp, Potatoes, Chicken, Burgers, Salad, Sandwiches

Plain Yogurt:

3-Easy-Healthy-Dips Yogurt

(Best discovery… ever.  If you aren’t already using plain yogurt in replacement of sour cream you are major MISSING OUT!  Plain Yogurt is good for you so throw out your Sour Cream, be gone with it already!)

Yogurt

Flax seeds Or Salsa

Directions: Mix together either Yogurt + Flax Seeds or Yogurt + Salsa. Plain Yogurt is your new best friend.

+ Accompany with: Chips, Tacos, Potato, Rice Dishes, mix in your mashed potatoes

Hummus:

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(Thank you sweet baby Jesus I started making this at home.  I was completely over spending so much $$$$$ on hummus OR hummus filled w/weird mystery ingredients I couldn’t pronounce.  Fed up!  I want chick peas mashed up w/some damn Tahini! MmMmMm)

1 Can organic Chickpeas (Rinsed & Drained)

2 Tbls Tahini

Juice of 1 Lime

1 Garlic Clove

2 tsp Cumin

1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1/2 tsp Onion Powder

1 tsp Garlic Salt

1/4 C. Olive Oil

Directions:  Mix all the ingredients in a little blender. Blend for 1-2 minutes or until everything is smooth.  (Add more olive oil if you need it smoother.) Transfer to a container. Make a small dip in the center with the back of a spoon and drizzle extra olive oil over the top. Pro.

+Accompany with: chicken, carrots, celery, broccoli, rice dishes, salads, olives, bread, crackers

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There you go – my 1, 2, 3 of adult dipping.  I have at least one of these three items ready to roll in my refrigerator at all times.

You have to change up those bland-ish weekday meals w/added flavor, so give these a try!  Let me know if you’re a major dipper & what’s a go-to for your daily meals.

I’m off to finish my celery & hummus snack… and catch up on the Real Housewives of New York.  Wowzers, this Luann engagement is a little awkward.  What is marriage these days? LOL

Be thoughtful & happy Friday!

 

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