Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tasty Tuesday - healthy party dips

We had a party a couple weeks ago and while it wasn't a dinner party, we wanted to have some nosh-y foods available, with plenty of healthy options. When I think of party foods, dips come to mind.  So I found some recipes for healthy dips from Cooking Light and altered them a bit.

whole garlic head
1/4 cup water
Sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
(15.8-ounce) can Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained

The first step is to roast the garlic.  Pre-heat the oven to 375. I cut off the top of the head of garlic, leaving the whole thing together. Then I wrapped it in foil and put it in the oven for 45 minutes. When I took it out, the garlic was soft so we could squeeze the cloves directly into the food processor bowl.

While the garlic was roasting, I rinsed and drained the beans and put them in the food processor bowl.

Then I took out the sun dried tomatoes from the oil and put them in the food processor bowl along with 2 tablespoons of the oil left in the jar.

Put in all the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Add water as needed to get to the consistency you want.

And voila, the end product!

The other dip was a green goddess dip.   

2 cups spinach
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup canola mayonnaise
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
Sriracha sauce to taste

This one is super easy.  Just toss everything into the food processor and blend until smooth.

Both of these are best if they're made at least a couple hours in advance and chilled so the flavors can meld. I served them with raw veggies and chips.  And don't worry, we didn't limit our guests to just healthy foods :) Mike baked cookies and brownies as well.

I'm linking up with Lean Lena for Tasty Tuesday and will be linking up with Deborah and Tina for Meatless Mondays.