My favorite dressing at PCC is this fresh “dill ranch” dressing. They only sell it in small one serving sizes with salads to go, so I looked up the recipe, made it, and it turned out just as excellent as the in store version!
Here you go! 🙂
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder (I omitted because I didn’t have this ingredient, still tasted great!)
1 teaspoon dried dill
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley (optional)
1 to 2 tablespoons milk (to make thinner if desired)
Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir together with a whisk until the herbs and spices are mixed evenly.
For a thinner dressing add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
I made this with the thought of drizzling it over some pumpkin doughnuts I made (recipe coming tomorrow!). After I made it though, I thought of a kazillion different things it would be great on. Hence…it’s getting it’s own post 🙂
And…it’s only 4 ingredients. Paleo, no added refined sugar, nut free, dairy free, and vegan. BUT…it’s delicious and you’ll want to put it on everything haha.Ingredients
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon Pure Maple Syrup
1 Tablespoon Organic Pumpkin Puree
1 Tablespoon No Sugar Added Sun Butter (if you don’t have to worry about nut allergies, you could substitute any creamy nut butter)
What to do…
Combine all these ingredients and either microwave or heat over the cook top until all melted and combined to a creamy texture. Let it cool a little before you drizzle over whatever you are drizzling it over (doughnuts, cupcakes, banana ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal…the possibilities are endless) or dip fruit into it! It will harden after a few minutes.
The thing that makes this Feta Dip unique is the cumin spice. It is creamy and fresh and delicious and wonderful paired with fresh veggies!
Mom tip of the day: I left some stems and leaves on the carrots and asked my kids if they wanted “bunny carrots”? They were so intrigued they ate the carrots up (don’t eat the leaves or stems!). Funny how something slightly out of the ordinary is so interesting! 🙂
3/4 cup buttermilk or Greek Yogurt
6 oz Feta, crumbled (about 1 1/4 cup)
3/4 tsp cumin (optionally for richer flavor – heated in a small skillet until just fragrant)
2 tsps. fresh lime juice
Pepper, to taste
Radicchio leaves, carrots, cucumber or other favorite veggies
Combine buttermilk, 1/2 cup of the Feta, cumin and pepper in a food processor and process until smooth
Add remaining feta and pule a few times to combine
Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days
Before serving, stir in lime juice and serve the dip drizzled with olive oil and a sprinkle of black pepper
I’ve seen/heard about people making caramel sauce out of dates, and have been wanting to try it out. I finally did last week, and YUM!! No refined sugar, just a few ingredients, and super easy. Pretty much a win in my book! Oh, and it’s yummy!Ingredients
8-10 Medjul Dates (pitted)
1/4-1/3 cup Almond Mild (or milk of your choice) Amount depends on the consistency you want and how many dates you used.
1/2 a vanilla bean (inside scraped out). Could also use pure vanilla extract
A few grinds of sea salt
Place all ingredients in a high speed blender or Cuisinart and blend until creamy. You’ll need to scrape the sides a few times. I started out in a Vitamix, but I don’t think I was making enough so it didn’t blend well. I dumped everything in my Cuisinart and it turned out great!
Maya loved helping me pit all the dates, and of course hitting the pulse button 😉You can dip apples in this, spread on toast, or put over ice cream (or banana ice cream!), or put dollops into a cake (THAT is coming on Wednesday-so good!!!)
It feels like I’ve been on this Artichoke Dip frenzy now that I look back at our recipes, but then I guess we’ve also been doing this blog for a while! 🙂 Over the holidays I discovered Hot Artichoke and Crab Dip, then I was looking for a very simple baked dip and discovered the awesome Warm Artichoke Dip with only FOUR ingredients, then finally with some tweaking and consulting of multiple recipes, discovered this excellent Spinach, Bacon and Artichoke Dip that I’m posting today.
This recipe is very similar to my Spinach Artichoke Dip with Bacon, with one key difference being that this one calls for sour cream and the other one calls for mayo, and this one uses a mix of cheeses. This recipe has more veggies and less dairy that many similar dip recipes that you’ll find out there, but that’s the way I like it. And you know, with ingredients like cheese, artichoke, spinach, and BACON.. well.. you can’t really go wrong! Enjoy whatever variation you decide on or come up with. 🙂
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese + more for topping
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese + more for topping
5 bacon strips, cooked and chopped (an easy way to cook bacon is to microwave between paper towels until crispy)
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 (14oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
This is a classic Smoked Salmon Dip with a hint of lemon juice and chopped dill – delicious as an appetizer, great dish to bring to a party, and it can be dressed up or down. Serve with cut vegetables, crackers, or toasted baguette!
8oz cream cheese
2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
4 oz smoked salmon, chopped and divided
Dill springs (for garnish)
Serve with fresh cut vegetables, crackers or toasted bread
Combine first three ingredients in a food processor
Add half of the salmon and process until smooth
Fold in remaining half of salmon
Garnish with dill sprigs
Yields 12 servings
Super mom tip: This dip makes very well ahead of time. Simply cover and refrigerate a day in advance.
We just had our annual Iron Chef party – the challenge was to use ONE of the following ingredients in a dish: crab, chocolate or cranberries. I picked crab and made this dip. Guess who won the iron chef challenge!? Yep, that’s right – Hot Artichoke & Crab Dip! 🙂
This dip is everything you would expect from a hot creamy artichoke and crab dip – plus more! The 1/2 tsp cayenne adds a fabulous kick. Spicy but not too spicy. If you’re not into spice and heat – omit! Definitely not recommended for kids, but a wonderful “grown up” dish. I served this with cucumber and red bell pepper slices, but toasted baguette or pita would be great if you prefer!
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts in water, drained and chopped
1 1/2 cups cooked crabmeat
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese + 1/4 cup for topping
1/3 cup chopped green onion + 2 tsps for garnish
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper + 2 tsps for garnish
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1 hot house cucumber, sliced (for dipping)
1 red bell pepper, sliced (for dipping)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
Combine cream cheese and mayonnaise in a large bowl until smooth; stir in garlic and cayenne. Gently stir artichoke hearts, crab, Parmesan cheese, 1/3 cup green onion, 1/3 cup red bell pepper. Transfer the dip to a 9-inch pie dish and sprinkle top with rest of cheese.
Bake in the preheated oven until topping is golden brown and dip is hot, ~30 minutes. Garnish with 2 teaspoons green onion and 2 teaspoons chopped red bell pepper.