Friday, December 17, 2010
It's so easy to just run to the store, pick up a container of ready made French Onion Dip, and dump it in a bowl. It's so hard to resist. It's rich, it's creamy, it's salty! It goes perfectly with greasy potato chips! Oh...yeah! I could stand there all night and just keep dipping chip after chip into a bowl of dip! I could make a meal out of it. But.....it's also loaded with fat, calories, preservatives and artificial ingredients.
Here's something rich, creamy, a little salty and HEALTHY!! Edamame Hummus. It's the perfect dip to serve for the holidays. Edamame is naturally green (no food coloring needed). Top it with a few strips of red bell peppers, and you have a gorgeous, festive, snack food everyone will love. The side benefit--it's packed with protein! Serve it with whole wheat pita triangles or raw veggies....
1 bag (12 oz) frozen shelled edamame
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp tahini
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
2 large red bell peppers, cut into 24 strips
Bring edamame to a boil in a medium sauce pan with enough water to cover, cook, stirring occassionally about 3 minutes. Drain in a colander and run under cold water. Pulse edamame, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, oil, salt, cumin and pepper in a food processor until it is the consistency of guacamole. Add 1 tbsp of water at a time if it is too thick. Cover and refrigerate until party time. Serve with baked pita chips and the red bell peppers for dipping.
And this is my Daily Cyn............