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4 Dip Recipes That Dazzle Your Tastebuds

Dips are a great way to make a healthy snack on-the-go, and cut out sugary sauces that just add calories to your healthy diet.

Try these 4 dips and dressings and share the recipes with your friends. They are simply dazzling!

Dip Recipe #1. Baba Ganoush

This delicious dip includes ingredients that are just plain good for you. Decedent and creamy, you can serve this traditionally with a side of warm pita bread, or use it to beef up sandwiches and wraps.

Ingredients:

  • 3 aubergines
  • 1 tbsp tahini paste
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • pomegranate seeds

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Prick each aubergine with a fork all over. Scorch aubergines over a grill or a hot flame (it can be done on a griddle pan, gas stove or on a top shelf of an oven). The skin needs to be charred to give the dish its distinctive flavour. If you prefer it less smoky you can skip this step.

Place scorched aubergines on a baking sheet and bake in the oven until soft, usually 10 – 15 minutes, depending on the size.

Remove from the oven, allow to cool then cut in half lengthwise and scoop the flesh with a spoon.

Place the flesh, tahini paste, garlic cloves, olive oil and lemon juice in a food processor, season to taste with a pinch of salt and blitz until smooth.

Serve decorated with pomegranate seeds accompanied by a flat bread.

Dressing Recipe #2. Creamy Avocado Cilantro Dressing

The refreshing flavor of this dressing spices up just about anything you can dip it in or pour it on. And it packs in a healthy dose of essential fats that nourish brain function, hair, skin and nails. Easy to make, and ready in minutes, make this creamy treat your go-to dressing!

Ingredients:

  • ½ avocado
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 scallions
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Directions:

Throw everything in the blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Dip Recipe #3. Chickpea Hummus Dip

This high-protein snack dip is made with healthy oils, and offers a rich flavor. Serve this with any of your favorite fresh veggies for a mid-day snack that boosts energy levels and staves off hunger, and creamy cravings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, or more as needed, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dark Asian sesame oil
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 12 to 15 grinds black pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Paprika, for garnish

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a blender except the parsley and paprika to be used for garnish. Blend on low speed until smooth. If the mixture is dry you may have trouble blending it. So simply add a few more tablespoons of olive oil to help things along, and pulse the blender.
Scrape the hummus onto a plate. Sprinkle paprika on top, and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Scatter parsley on top, and serve or store for later use as snack dip.

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Issue 70
January 13th, 2014
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