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Try This Healthy Lunch Dip

23 May
soybean hummus

Using different veggies to make dips similar to hummus is a great way to enjoy eating healthy food more than usual.

I love creating new veggie dip combinations. Getting creative in the kitchen helps me to have fun when trying to lose weight and eat healthier. It also helps me use up stuff that is in the fridge before it goes bad. I don’t know about you, but I’m guilty of letting lots of perfectly good veggies go to waste because I just let them sit there. Weight loss can be made easier if you like the health food you need to eat. For example, I didn’t want to eat the rest of the edamame in the fridge, so I found a soybean hummus recipe online. Then I added my own twist to that recipe idea. The result was a really yummy, healthy veggie dip that made for a great lunch!

Easy Healthy Lunch: Carrots and soybean-veggie dip sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese and served with a few Alphonso (Kalamata) olives.

Ingredients and Directions:

  • 1 package of soybeans (out of the pod)
  • half a can of green beans
  • 1 small Roma tomato
  • 1 small, thin slice of butter (about a tsp)
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tbsp Italian vinaigrette dressing

Bring to boil and reduce eat to simmer altogether until everything is tender. Puree til smooth as hummus. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired, and enjoy as a super yummy, healthy dip!

–Michelle

Related post: When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip

“But I Don’t Like That…” or, How to Make a Healthy Snack Yummier

17 Apr
readers digest screencap

Healthy snack recipes often require some creative substitutions to suit personal preferences. Reader's Digest May issue screen capture.

I enjoy reading articles about  healthy recipes and snack ideas but I don’t always like eating them. Most “healthy” food recipes I come across contain ingredients that I just can’t stomach. Cottage cheese? No, thank you! Asparagus? It better be cooked in a ton of butter and salt so that it’s not bitter. I’m not being picky to be difficult; we just all have our personal tastes. Unfortunately, much of that personal taste runs counter to most healthy eating recommendations. I find myself needing to get creative in the kitchen to make things that are both healthy and appealing to me (for example, Leftover Easter Ham Recipe #2: Ham & Pepper Jack Quesadillas).

This problem was in the forefront of my mind when I was reading “4 Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss” in the May issue of Reader’s Digest. Let’s break these snacks down one by one:

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