Fiesta Dip and Veggie Chips
If you're anything like me, sometimes you just got to have some comfort food. And even though a little splurge here and there won't totally bust your healthy eating habits, I always do try to reserve those for well...special occasions. So what do you do when the craving strikes and nothing else will satisfy YET you're adamant about staying in the realm of healthy ingredients. First step, try taking a look around your kitchen. I bet you'd be surprised by what you find available for such a call to duty. In the picture below, you'll see a whole host of healthy and usually on hand ingredients that I just happened to find in my kitchen…all of them begging for some yummy comfort love:)
And with a little bit of CREATIVE imagination...Fiesta Dip and Veggie Chips...is BORN!!
Now most of you I'm quite sure have a favorite mexican themed layer dip recipe you've used but just in case I've included my recipes to re-create this particular healthy dip of fun.
Fiesta Black Bean Dip
1 can black beans(unsalted)
1/4 cup red onion
2 tsp mexican fiesta spice
1 tsp salt
Open can of black beans and drain then place in a food processor with other ingredients and blitz away. Place mixture in a piping bag and tie off. This makes for easier distribution. Set aside.
2 ripe avocados
1/4 cup red onion
1/2 cup fine diced tomato
1 juice of lime
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 serrano pepper(remove rib and seeds)
2 tsp garlic
1 tsp salt
Collect all ingredients into a medium sized mixing bowl and mash together with the back of a fork. Place mixture in a piping bag and tie off. Set aside.
Cashew Cheesy "Sour" Cream
1 1/2 cup cashews
1 red pepper
1/2 cup canned full fat or lite coconut milk
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 juice of lemon
1 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp salt(plus more if needed to taste)
1/2 tsp of mexican fiesta spice
Place cashews in a bowl of water and soak for at least 30 minutes(longer if you have the time). Then place watered soaked cashews and all other ingredients in a high speed blender(or food processor) and blitz away till smooth. If need to add extra liquid do so only in very small increments, the goal is for a medium thick consistency. Place mixture in a piping bag and tie off. Set aside.
For this fiesta, I happened to have a few clear glass ramekins on hand and used them to create fun sized single servings. I first started by piping a layer of the black bean mix in the bottom followed by a layer of the cashew cheesy cream and guacamole. I repeated with another layer of black bean and cashew cheesy cream and then finished it off with a hand full of diced tomatoes. Be mindful that this order is just a guide so please feel absolutely free to change it to your liking. Now add your veggie chips and start dipping. Have fun and get creative!!:)
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