Strawberry Shortcake Dip

March 2017 – Theme
Spring Clean the Kitchen

This month’s theme for The Recipe Redux is spring cleaning! We all are in need to do it sooner than later so this was recipe was helpful while I was cleaning out my fridge. I was to use at least 3 ingredients that were already in my refrigerator and create something healthy out of it. Of course I always have a sweet tooth so I made this light and tasty treat using what I normally have in my fridge–fruit and yogurt.

Strawberry Shortcake Dip

Strawberry Shortcake Dip

Light, fluffy and sweet! This makes the perfect dessert when you are wanting to indulge--except no need to feel guilty with this low-cal treat!

Ingredients

2 cups of Vanilla or Strawberry yogurt

2 cups of Cool Whip

½ tsp. vanilla extract

2 Tbsp. powdered sugar

4 finely chopped fresh strawberries

Strawberries for dipping

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the yogurt, cool whip, vanilla extract, powdered sugar and strawberries together until well combined. Transfer dip into a serving bowl and serve with fresh strawberries! You can also use cubed pound cake to dip as well, I just wanted to use up my strawberries!
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This recipe makes for a perfect snack! I actually ate this for breakfast because, why not?! I was trying to use what I had in my fridge and I was also trying to go the healthier route..This dip would be fantastic with cubed pound cake, vanilla wafers or any other favorite sweet of yours! This summer favorite dessert is now a favorite breakfast or after-dinner treat. Next time you are at the store to buy yogurts for your breakfast or snack, be sure to think of this recipe!

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Roasted Garlic Spinach Hummus

This Holiday season has been filled with lots of cookies for me so this healthy treat comes in handy.  I love love  looooove my food processor! Hummus is one of my favorite dips to snack on with crackers or vegetables if I’m really trying to be healthy. I usually always have some stocked in my refrigerator at home. I still ask myself why I continue to buy them when I can easily make it at home!  This recipe came about after I had roasted garlic (it was my first time) and you can find the recipe I used HERE from Simply Recipes.  I wasn’t sure how the garlic would come out. BUT it was amazing just as it smelt like roasting in my oven…Roasting garlic is the easiest things you can make and it’s so versatile. This recipe is a great snack and an excellent way to stay healthy! I also like to drizzle olive oil on the top of my hummus and sprinkle salt and pepper before serving. To store the hummus, cover with plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

Check out my other hummus recipes:

Everything Hummus

Spinach Artichoke Hummus

Spicy Garlic Hummus

Chickpea and Black Bean Hummus

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Roasted Garlic Spinach Hummus

10 minutes

Yield: About 8

Roasted Garlic Spinach Hummus

This hummus is extra creamy and has an extra health boost with perfectly roasted garlic and fresh spinach!

Ingredients

1 can of garbanzo beans; drained and rinsed

1 cup of spinach; steamed

2 cloves of roasted garlic

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

the juice of 1 small lemon

Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine garbanzo beans, spinach, roasted garlic olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Pulse in the food processor until smooth; about 3 minutes. Stir every 30 seconds to ensure smoothness and creaminess. Add more olive oil if necessary to get the consistency you desire. Serve and enjoy this delicious healthy snack!

This can last up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

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Lite Veggie and Herb Spinach Dip

When it comes to snacking, I try to always go for healthier options. I can snack on dips anytime..whether it’s a salsa, a good guac, hummus, or my favorite…spinach dip. The cream base dips have a bad reputation because they are known for containing lots of fat and they aren’t the healthiest choice. BUT wait–I turned this usual high calorie snack into a lite and nutrient loaded dip that is good for you! This recipe also gives you the opportunity to get your daily veggies 🙂

Using California yogurt as the base of this recipe makes this recipe extra creamy. When purchasing dairy products, look for foods made with 100% Real California milk that feature the Real California Milk or Cheese seal. When you see the Real California seal, you’ll feel good knowing that the product is certified as having been made with 100% Real California Milk from Real California Dairy families.

Strive for foods that make your body happy because they will end up making you happy! Also… Remember, you are what you eat!

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Lite Veggie and Herb Spinach Dip

Lite Veggie and Herb Spinach Dip

Ingredients

2 Cups California plain yogurt

3 Tbsp fat free sour cream

2 cup finely chopped spinach

1 tsp olive oil

2 scallions, finely chopped

1/4 of a red bell pepper, finely minced

1/4 of a green bell pepper, finely minced

1 carrot, finely minced

3 cloves garlic, finely minced

½ teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon garlic powder

2 Tbsp fresh parsley; chopped

½ cup finely shredded California cheddar cheese

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large frying pan, saute spinach by combining spinach and olive oil. Saute until spinach is wilted for about 3-4 minutes (the spinach takes only a few minutes to saute).
  2. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix until well combined. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving for the best flavor. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if desired. Serve with pita chips and your favorite veggies!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2016/04/lite-veggie-and-herb-spinach-dip/

“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Real California Milk products and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

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Caramel Apple Toffee Dip

Okay everyone, I am back! I apologize for the delays in the past few months..I moved and I have been busy with my [real job] so blogging and sharing recipes has been a bit difficult. BUT, I am back at it! 🙂

I am excited to post this delicious recipe I brought to my friend’s BBQ this summer (Sarah Mitchell), this recipe is especially for you). It is light and it is the easiest recipe to whip up in minutes. You can also serve it with fresh apples, pretzel, or Nilla wafers. I prefer sliced apples (green apples, because they are super tart) because the tarty-ness and sweet caramel and toffee make this the perfect combination. Just dip, scoop, and bite into perfection!

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Caramel Apple Toffee Dip

Caramel Apple Toffee Dip

This creamy and sweet dip is topped with tons of luscious caramel & crunchy bits of toffee!

Ingredients

8 ounces of cream cheese (I used reduced-fat)

8 ounces of cool whip

1/2 cup powdered sugar

16 ounces of Old Fashioned caramel dip

1 Cup Heath pieces/toffee bits

4 large Granny Smith apples; sliced thin

Nilla wafers (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, cool whip, and powdered sugar until fluffy. Spread mixture evenly onto a platter. Spread caramel sauce on top of cream cheese layer. Sprinkle the top generously with toffee bits. Serve with apple slices, and or Nilla Wafers. Enjoy!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/12/caramel-apple-toffee-dip/

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‘Dunkaroo’ Funfetti Dip

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If you grew up in the 90’s and early 2000’s then you already know that Dunkaroo’s were the best snack ever! I remember eating these in my school lunches, after school snacks, and little play dates with friends. We were all obsessed with them–they were the best. They came in a little pack with cinnamon cookies and this deliciously sweet vanilla or chocolate frosting spinkle dip. You would rip the wrapper off and then you would dunk the cookies in the dip for the perfect treat…hence the name “dunkaroos”! You just couldn’t go wrong with this old favorite snack.

This light and fluffy dip is simply amaaazzzing. It literally tastes like Dunkaroo dip except–it is lighter and so much better because you can actually enjoy it without the guilt. The best part of this whole dip is…. it’s low-fat! Not to mention, it will bring back a TON of memories as a kid, it did for me at least. To make it extra special, I used another old favorite cookie: Barnum’s Animals Cookies/Crackers to dunk them in. You can also use cinnamon gram crackers, Nilla Wafers, Teddy Grahams, Sugar Cookies, or anything you would like!

Dunkaroo Funfetti Dip

Dunkaroo Funfetti Dip

Ingredients

1 box of Funfetti cake mix

1 8 oz tube of fat-free Cool Whip

1 cup plain fat-free yogurt

1/4-1/2 cup of sprinkles

Instructions

  1. 1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix with a whisk or wooden spoon. Be sure to mix until there are no lumps in the mix. Place in a serving bowl and add more sprinkles to the top :). Serve with animal cookies, gram crackers, cookies, or whatever you are in the mood for! You can't go wrong with this dip! Enjoy!
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