Planning is how post ops remain at goal. They don’t eat chips and dip at a party just because they have a craving or have lost all their weight… they happily live with the changes that got them to goal for life.
It is a fail to go to a gathering or event without taking something that you can eat! Walk into a party with a bowl of one of these super easy and tasty dips with a bag of mini peppers or a cucumber to slice and watch them disappear.
Hidden Valley Ranch Dip
In less than a minute you can transform plain yogurt into a delicious dip!
Store bought hummus sucks… or I should more politely say it’s not very good compared to making your own. FOUR ingredients in a food processor… 1 drained can of chick peas, a tablespoon sized glop of peanut butter (tahini sesame paste is the real ingredient but PB is great), juice of a lemon, 2 garlic cloves,1 teaspoon sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Puree until fairly smooth, then dribble in 2 tablespoons olive oil and then keep adding warm water with the processor on, until it is thick & silky smooth. Boom. Man o man is this good smeared on apple slices or scooped with mini sweet peppers! OR eat it in small dish with a spoon. Mine is sprinkled with smoked paprika and a drizzle of olive oil because I cant help myself.
Homemade Blue Cheese Dip
Absolutely deeeeelish with Honeycrisp apple slices, cucumbers, sweet peppers. Thin it down with a little water and its the best salad dressing you ever tasted!
1 cup thinly sliced shallots (about 4 ounces)
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons Hellmann’s mayonnaise
1 cup Fage Greek yogurt
4 ounces blue cheese, room temperature, crumbled
2 scallions, minced and 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts – garnish
Sauté shallots in oil until deep golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes, set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and yogurt; add blue cheese mashing with rubber spatula to blend until smooth. Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper to taste. Stir in the caramelized shallots. Top with scallions and walnuts.
I bought a tub of Super Crab Dip at Fresh Market and used a mini metal ice cream scoop to portion it on English cucumber slices. It. Tastes. Great.
This one’s a no brainer, the same dip you have made for years using a packet of KNORR Onion Soup Mix or Lipton Onion Soup Mix but instead of sour cream and mayonnaise, use 1 1/2 cups Fage Greek Yogurt! This is guilt free and also great to use as a ‘sauce’ for thinly sliced chicken
Individual Dip and Vegetable Shots
Make your serving table look AWESOME and prevent DOUBLE DIPPING! Spoon dip into small glasses – you can buy these ‘Tasting Party Glasses’ by the dozen at Party City for a couple of dollars.
Now for the chips – the tiny red yellow and orange mini sweet peppers are the perfect dippers on a tray. They are crisp and delicious. Along with an English cucumber cut into thin ovals, you need nothing more. Dip is still a happy place – even without potato chips!