Greek Style 7-Layer Dip

Greek Style 7-Layer Dip

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House warming party success! Matt and I had such a blast last weekend breaking in our new apartment with all of our New York  friends and quite a few cocktails. Although the party didn’t get started until 9:30pm or so, I still wanted a solid supply of delicious apps and snacks around to satisfy the inevitable munchies. And because I’m fearless, I whipped up two main appetizers that I’d never attempted before, except in my imagination’s kitchen of course. Continue reading “Greek Style 7-Layer Dip”

Lighten Up: Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

Lighten Up: Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

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Crudités platters are often seen as the boring but required member of any party’s munchies spread. But that’s not at all how I see a good old veggie platter. In fact, I’m the girl at the party who heads immediately to the crudités platter. I’m not the girl that makes a plate of raw carrots and cherry tomatoes and considers herself full. I’m the girl who just stands there, dipping veggie after veggie into whatever creamy dip sits in the center of the platter. That is until I realize I’ve eaten about a pound of mayo. But then I dismiss that thought, telling myself that I burned 600 calories crunching and munching my way through the stacks of bell pepper, snap peas, and celery.

This love of fresh crudités and creamy dip is not just reserved for parties. I actually find myself craving sliced veggies and some kind of creamy, decadent dip, like Green Goddess or classic Ranch, on a regular basis. Lately, my dip of choice has been a lightened-up version of one of my faves, Blue Cheese Dip. And that’s the recipe I’m sharing today, my own special recipe for a creamy, dreamy (lightened up) Blue Cheese Dip.

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When it comes to healthy eating, I believe in balance and moderation. Because of that, the base of my dressing is equal parts low-fat, plain Greek yogurt and organic mayonnaise. This combo cuts the fat without losing the indulgent flavor I love. If you so please, cut out the mayo even further, or entirely, for an extra light and healthy dressing. Next comes red wine vinegar, some simple seasonings, and, of course, crumbled blue cheese. That’s it! Simple, delicious, versatile.

I use this blue cheese dip (dressing, sauce, etc) in countless ways, not just as a companion for fresh veggie sticks or chilled roasted veggies. I’ve also used my blue cheese dip with my easy buffalo falafel patties, as a spread on a veggie burger and as a dressing on chopped salads or coleslaw. I just love this dressing.

Lightened Up Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing
Serves: Start to Finish: 5-10 minutes

Ingredients
1/2 cup Yogurt
1/2 cup good quality Mayo
2 tsp Red Wine Vinegar
1/2 teaspoon each Salt, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder
1+ tablespoon Water
3/4 cup Blue Cheese Crumbles

To Make

In a small-medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Serve chilled as a dip, dressing or spread.

*I like the richness and thickness of this recipe because it works on everything from salads, as a spread on sandwiches, and as a dip for veggies, wings, etc. For a thinner consistency, add water or milk, a little at a time. A pinch more of each seasoning may be needed if more than a couple extra tablespoons of liquid is added.

Everything Bagel Sausage Rolls with Bloody Mary Ketchup (Vegan Optional!)

Everything Bagel Sausage Rolls with Bloody Mary Ketchup (Vegan Optional!)

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Cooking together is an almost daily ritual for my boyfriend, Matt, and me. Although Matt didn’t grow up addicted to Food Network and spending hours cooking like I did, he’s actually quite skilled in the kitchen. He often says that I critique too much and that I don’t fully trust him the kitchen, but that’s just because I’m a perfectionist who likes to have control, especially when it comes to food. In any event, Matt deserves all the credit for this genius breakfast/brunch dish, which is a delicious twist on classic Pigs in a Blanket. Continue reading “Everything Bagel Sausage Rolls with Bloody Mary Ketchup (Vegan Optional!)”

Baked Vegan Falafel & Simple Lemon-Tahini Sauce

Baked Vegan Falafel & Simple Lemon-Tahini Sauce

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I’m a huge fan of falafel. Even before committing to vegetarianism, falafel ranked high on my favorite foods list. Falafel is super flavorful, hearty, rich in fiber and protein, and completely satisfying. I love it on its own,. stuffed inside a pita, or atop a salad. Continue reading “Baked Vegan Falafel & Simple Lemon-Tahini Sauce”

Mexican Black Bean Queso Dip

Mexican Black Bean Queso Dip

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As most probably know (except my very own sister who called on Saturday from St. Louis without a single clue what was happening), the east coast was hit hard with snow on Saturday. Really hard. As someone who grew up in St. Louis and went to college in Wisconsin, you can trust me when I say, this was one of the heaviest snowfalls I’ve ever experienced. We are lucky in that we were able to fully enjoy our snow day comfortably hunkered down indoors, except for a couple hours spent exploring the blizzard in Prospect Park, conveniently located across the street from our Brooklyn apartment. Continue reading “Mexican Black Bean Queso Dip”

Yukon Gold Latkes with Cran-Apple Sauce & Scallion Cream

Yukon Gold Latkes with Cran-Apple Sauce & Scallion Cream

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Today marks the first day of Hanukkah 2015, and for the first time ever, I’m really getting into the celebration. I don’t want my long term love, Christmas, to feel abandoned (I will, as always, be giving you plenty of attention). But I can’t deny that I am so excited to fully throw Matt’s Hanukkah festivities into the mix from now on. Continue reading “Yukon Gold Latkes with Cran-Apple Sauce & Scallion Cream”