The Big Dipper

At the end of the day I’ve been opening lunch boxes containing half masticated celery sticks and dirt covered capsicum strips….and I think I know why.

Like my kids I’ve become a bit bored of our boiled egg and plain vegetable stick fair. Yes it’s easy, healthy whole food, but man it can be boring.

This week I’ve complied a list of tasty dips to jazz up your regular carrot sticks.

Some are old time favourites, others are the new kids on the block – all of them, are super tasty!

But the best part is that not one of them contains any preservatives or vegetable oils (unlike their store bought counterparts).

Let’s get dipping!

Hummus

Lebanese_style_hummus

How could I not start the list with hummus. I don’t think I’ve met one person ever who doesn’t like this mild manner dip.

I particularly like this sprouted hummus recipe from Nourished kitchen.

kitchen http://nourishedkitchen.com/sprouted-hummus-recipe/

If however, chickpeas don’t agree with you check out this clever legume free hummus dip from Summer Tomato below.

Roasted Parsnip and Cauliflower Hummus

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I think this looks so comforting and moorish.

http://summertomato.com/foodist-approved-roasted-parsnip-and-cauliflower-hummus/

Baba ganoush


roasted eggplant

Want to know how to cook your eggplant to get that smokey flavour? This recipe from the Gourmet Worrier will tell you how. The recipe also adds almond meal and mint to put a new twist on an old favourite.

http://www.gourmetworrier.com/2009/08/one-of-those-happy-kitchen-accidents.html

Labneh

labneh

Tangy and full of probiotics, Labneh is definitely one of my favourite dips. It’s basically yogurt that has most of the whey strained out of it. It’s quite easy to make.

Find out the how to and some ideas on favouring your labneh at cultures for health. I personally like mine topped with sauerkraut or raw grated beetroot

http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-make-labneh-yogurt-cheese

Spiced Capsicum dip

 

spiced capsicum dip

I found this dip on Grow Food Slow Food and it just sounds delish! I love Middle Eastern food and the addition of pomegranate molasses sounds amazing.

http://tinyurl.com/k32gm7k

Pate

Felicity's perfect chicken liver pâté

If you want a dip that packs a nutrient dense punch, try pate.

Liver is full of essential vitamins and minerals. It is in more abundance in liver than muscle meat. Pate is an excellent way to start consuming liver(without the ick factor).

Here’s another great recipe from the Nourished Kitchen

http://nourishedkitchen.com/chicken-liver-pate/

Carrot, Red Lentil and Yogurt Dip

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A beautiful dahl like dip from the One Handed Cooks. Quick, easy and filling.

http://onehandedcooks.com.au/recipe/carrot-dip/

Guacamole

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My girls will flat out refuse to have strips of avocado for their lunch, but have no problem devouring three whole avocados in a bowl of guacamole!

There’s something about mushing fruits and vegetables up and serving them with pita chips that makes them so much more delectable.

We prepare our guacamole the traditional way, but I couldn’t help share this vibrant pomegranate guacamole recipe from Just a Taste.

http://www.justataste.com/2013/04/homemade-pomegranate-guacamole-dip-recipe/

Tzatziki

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Another traditional, crowd pleasing dip. This recipe from the wanderlust kitchen provides some excellent tips to make the tastiest tzatziki  possible.

http://thewanderlustkitchen.com/authentic-greek-tzatziki/

Broad Bean and Pea Dip

broad bean dip

I couldn’t help but be inspired by all this dip blogging and decided to end the post with a little last minute creation of my own.

I didn’t have much food left in the house but found a rather large packet of broad beans in the freezer and thought I’d try to dippify it.

The results were ok, it had a lovely fresh flavour but would taste even better with some fried haloumi or crumbled feta.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups frozen broad beans unshelled
  • 1/2 cup frozen baby peas
  • 1/4 red onion finely diced
  • Small handful fresh basil
  • Big pinch salt
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • 1 tbs olive oil

Instructions

  1. Blanch broad beans in boiling water. Once water has cooled peel away broad bean skins and discard. Discard any yellow looking broad beans(they’re bitter).
  2. Blanch peas until defrosted. Drain water when cooled and transfer to a bowl with broad beans.
  3. Add other ingredients and blend in a food processor until desired consistency (I prefer my dips a little chunky). Serve with pita chips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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