Feel good about summer snacking with these two creamy dips from our friends at ArchetypeMe and Cricket Azima, that contain tons of fresh flavors as well as protein, fiber, and other essential nutrients! Each dip can be made in a matter of minutes, with little to no prep prior to pulverizing! Simply throw all of the ingredients into a food processor and you’re good to go. Both dips have a subtle sweetness, imparted by butternut squash and applesauce respectively, so even the pickiest family members will enjoy dunking vegetables. For an extra-healthy twist, skip the chips and serve dips with sliced apples, carrots, and yellow bell peppers.
Serves 4 – 6
1 can cannelloni beans, rinsed
1 can butternut squash puree
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and Pepper, to taste
1. In a food processor combine beans, squash, olive oil, and lemon juice. Blend until thoroughly combined.
2. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Chill and serve with vegetables, crackers, and other dipping favorites.
Sweet Pea Mint Dip
Serves 4 – 6
4 cups frozen peas, defrosted
2 cups plain yogurt (use Greek yogurt for a thicker, more protein-rich dip)
1 cup applesauce
16 mint leaves
Salt, to taste
1. In a food processor combine peas, yogurt, applesauce, and mint leaves. Pulse until barely blended (consistency should still be relatively chunky).
2. Add salt, to taste. Chill and serve with vegetables, crackers, and other dipping favorites.
The Creative Kitchen™, LLC, teaches children about food and how to cook in a fun, safe, and educational manner. Targeting families with children ages two to teen, the company focuses on teaching, writing creative content and curriculum, special events, recipe development, spokesperson work, webisode production and consulting to present educational and entertaining content through food-related activities. The founder, Cricket Azima, is an expert in cooking for and with children. She inspires kids to express themselves creatively through food and cooking, while complementing lessons with traditional educational material such as social studies, math, arts, science, and more. Visit www.thecreativekitchen.com for more information.