Ranch dip with crudités (a fancy French way of saying “veggies”) is on of my all-time favorite, non-popcorn snacks. On the weekends, I usually eat ranch dip for lunch. I spend some time after breakfast setting up a plate of whatever vegetables and healthy snack foods I have on hand, then I whip up some thick and creamy ranch dip. This little snack plate is my home base while I do my chores, with my Bullet Journal and pen right next to it so I can cross off my list of things to do as I go.
For me, not having to stop for lunch on the weekends makes food blogging with a full time job possible. If I sit down for a lunch break, the chances of me getting back up on a lazy Sunday afternoon are almost zero. Bill and Taco have a sixth sense about when I need to get moving and that is the exact moment when they decide they want to snuggle. A quick snuggle turns into a full on nap, and then my whole day has gotten away from me.
My little veggie plate with ranch dip is so useful, I venture to call it a “life hack.” And because my ranch dip plate is low-fat, rich in protein, fiber, and flavor, I do not feel too cheesy giving it “hack” status. It won’t change your life, but it could certainly transform your busy chore days.
You may be shocked that I am eating something as unhealthy as ranch for a full meal, but, this is not your typical, cholesterol and trans-fat-filled ranch dip. Mine is made with fresh herbs, loads of spices, and low-fat yogurt. It is as healthy as can be!
Spicy Ranch Dip
2 cups 0% fat greek yogurt (I use Fage)
3 tbs fresh chives, chopped
3 tbs fresh parsley, chopped
3 tbs fresh dill, chipped
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp hot paprika or chili powder
1 tbs lemon juice
dash cayenne pepper
extra virgin olive oil
assorted veggies and healthy crackers or finger foods cut into bite sized pieces
Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Add salt to taste and olive oil until you reach the desired texture. I usually only add about 2 tbs because I like it extra thick.
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