Healthy Delicious Dips For Weekend Parties!

Dips are great! They go with everything and if you make them with the right ingredients they are also nutritious and part of a healthy diet!

We always think like we have to have the naughty stuff when we invite people over or prepare a nice weekend treat for ourselves, but we can make some twists, play around to make it more healthy and still taste and look great! Here is one example and I know it is not perfect but at least there is an effort and dips make life so much easier with this!

So lets make them!

Healthier Chips from baked Whole Wheat Tortilla Bread

It is the easiest version for a quick and healthy treat. Simply add some spices to a little cup of olive oil. I like to add, sumac (or somaq a middle eastern spice to give a sour taste), herbal salt (the bio salt with herbs), mint, zahter (another middle eastern mix of spices like thyme and sesame; you can buy these form any middle eastern shop around you), paprika, etc. You can also add some oregano, curries, cumin or black-red pepper powder.

Mix them all well with olive oil and then brush this onto the soft tortilla bread. Then cut this bread into small pieces (first half, then half again and again like a pizza and finally halt he triangles by cutting diagonally to get pieces like potato or tortilla chips) and place them on to a baking tray.

Bake them about 10-15minutes at 160degrees. It should get darker in color. Keep on eye on them as they can burn quickly.

Then take them out and leave to cool for about 10 minutes where it gets crispier.

That’s it, all you have to do is to enjoy these crisps with the delicious dips. Always keep a nice plate of raw-cut veggies next to it so that you don’t overdo with carbs! remember that even though they are wholewheat, these have a carbohydrate value more then veggies.

It is the easiest version for a quick and healthy treat. Simply add some spices to a little cup of olive oil. I like to add, sumac (or somaq a middle eastern spice to give a sour taste), herbal salt (the bio salt with herbs), mint, zahter (another middle eastern mix of spices like thyme and sesame; you can buy these form any middle eastern shop around you), paprika, etc. You can also add some oregano, curries, cumin or black-red pepper powder.

Mix them all well with olive oil and then brush this onto the soft tortilla bread. Then cut this bread into small pieces (first half, then half again and again like a pizza and finally halt he triangles by cutting diagonally to get pieces like potato or tortilla chips) and place them on to a baking tray.

Bake them about 10-15minutes at 160degrees. It should get darker in color. Keep on eye on them as they can burn quickly.

Then take them out and leave to cool for about 10 minutes where it gets crispier.

That’s it, all you have to do is to enjoy these crisps with the delicious dips. Always keep a nice plate of raw-cut veggies next to it so that you don’t overdo with carbs! remember that even though they are wholewheat, these have a carbohydrate value more then veggies.

Here are my favourite dips...

Guacamole

The best of dips!! You can serve this with oven baked wholegrain wrap breads or raw vegetables and it is also great along side some grilled white fish or kebabs.

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados, seeded, peeled & mashed with fork

  • ½ lime or lemon juiced

  • 1 green/fresh onion, thinly diced

  • 2-3 tbs chopped parsley

  • 1 garlic clove, minced (optional)

  • ½ tsp ginger powder, Salt & pepper

Directions

1. Add the avocado and lime juice into a bowl. Use a potato masher or a fork to roughly mash until it is the consistency you like (I prefer mine chunky).

2. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Taste to add salt & pepper

Sun-dried tomatoes

  • 1 tomato, 1 cup sun dried tomatoes, 1 clove garlic, 1 tbs fresh parsley, ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, 1 table spoon raw or toasted pine nuts, salt+pepper to taste, put them into a food processor, blend them all and that’s it! Cumin goes great with this sauce, especially if you can get the cumin seeds, toast them 5 minutes in a pan and then crush them to sprinkle on top.

  • You can add 2-3 spoons of natural yogurt or a handful of soaked cashew nuts for a creamier version

Spinach walnut pesto

  • 2-3cup spinach, 1 cup fresh basil leaves, ½ cup parsley, ½ cup raw pine nuts or walnuts, 1/4cup olive oil, 1 clove garlic, salt and pepper to taste, put them into a food processor, blend them all and that’s it again!!

  • One nice version is to add avocado and replace walnuts with pine nuts. You can also add some soaked cashew nuts for even a creamier taste

Yogurt Mint Dip

  • 2 Cups of yogurt, 2 table spoon olive oil, 1 tabel spoon dried mints, 1 tabel spoon fresh dill finely chopped, ½ teaspoon herbal salt all mixed together. I love it even more with 1 clove of mashed garlic.

Tahini-lemon-garlic and hummus

  • For only tahini lemon sauce (low carb!): ½ cup tahini, 1 clove garlic, ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, ½ cup water, juice of 1 lemon, salt to taste, optional: 2 tbsp fresh dill or mint finely chopped, ½ tsp cumin, ½ tsp red pepper flakes

  • For hummus, add 1.5cup boiled chickpeas, 1 more clove of garlic, 1 more lemon juice to the above recipe. Increase cumin, pepper and salt according to your taste

  • For a version of hummus, add mashed grilled red peppers (you can buy ready ones in jars in the middle east section of supermarkets) to hummus!

Orange Hummus (with baked pumpkin)!

Make regular hummus like the above recipe. Bake a slice of pumpkin in the oven, with only a drizzle of olive oil and salt for about 50 minutes at 180 degrees celsius.Mash with fork (it should be around 1 cup). Mix pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup of yogurt to hummus! Delicious!

Kayla’s Carrot and Beet Dips

I also made these delicious dips from Kayla’s Blog, recipes are here.

Enjoy your dips and let me know which one you like the most!

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