I like to make home made dips so I can be selective with ingredients and keep them from containing canola, veggie oil or sunflower oil. When buying processed foods read the labels carefully.
Red Capsicum Dip
3 large red capsicums - cut/seeded and roasted in the open.
50g raw walnuts
5 spring onions - use only the greens ( replace with asafoetida if spring onion not good in your diet)
1 red chilli
lemon rind of one lemon
2 teaspoons of paprika
1 teaspoon of ground coriander
1 tablespoon of cold pressed olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1. Roast the capsicum and leave to cool.
2. Put all ingredients. including the capsicum in a food processor or thermomix and blend. . Place in small dip bowl and serve with raw carrots, snow peas, nut crackers, raw celery and green beans.
Roast Pumpkin Dip
1/4 jap pumpkin cut up and baked in the oven for 25 minutes. I try to do this with no oil so on green baking paper instead so it does not stick.
1/4 cup of pepitas
1/4 cup of chives
1/4 cup of herbs ( I used sage, rosemary and thyme)
Blend all these ingredients and serve in dip bowl with raw greens. I also like this dip on the buckwheat bread and buckwheat crisp breads for lunch.
Tzatziki Dip With a Healthy Twist
130g of continental cucumber ( not Lebanese)
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 garlic clove crushed
1/2 teaspoon of fresh dill or thyme
350g of goats yoghurt
20ml. lemon juice
pinch of black pepper
Blend Cucumber up and then drain and squueze out liquid and let sit for 5 minutes. Then blend together remaining ingredients and then add the cucumber and blend again and keep in sealed container in the fridge. Lovely served with raw veggies, nut crackers and on sandwiches and wraps.
1 garlic clove
45g of coriander
50g of walnuts
40g of pepitas
10g sunflower seeds
40ml of lemon juice
40ml of olive oil ( can be 100ml but I do less)
pinch of salt
I blend up the clove, nuts, seeds and coriander first then I add the lemon juice and salt. It is very quick to make. This can also be used as a dip on platter with raw veggies but can be equally yummy in a pasta or on a wrap for lunch.