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Dips Aren’t Just For Chips – Make Them Healthful with Veggie Dippers

Salsas, bean dips, guacamole and other dipping favorites don’t need to be scooped up with unhealthful chips. Use strips of red pepper, cauliflower or broccoli florets or that ancient faithful, celery. For a new veggie dipper twist, peel a raw sweet potato and slice it into thin “chips”, and dig in!

Tri-Color Chunky Dip
1 16-ounce can small red beans
1 10-ounce can shoepeg corn
2-4 tablespoons hot red pepper relish, or to taste
1 bunch green onions, white part only, sliced thin
1 red or green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

Mix all ingredients together and chill.

Yield: About 3 cups

Spicy Peanut Dip
Note: You can make this as zippy or mild as you like, depending on the heat of your favorite salsa. Add Tabasco sauce to your taste if you want to turn up the heat.

1 cup crunchy style peanut butter
1 cup medium-hot salsa (bottled or home-made)
2 tablespoons brown sugar or the sweetener of your choice, to taste (optional)
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, using a fork to mash up any chunks of salsa. Serve with raw veggies.

Yield: about 2 cups

Spinach-Artichoke Dip or Dressing
1 10-ounce bag baby spinach leaves
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can white beans, drained
1 bunch green onions, sliced (white part)
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
pinch cayenne, to taste
juice of one lemon
2 6-ounce jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped fine

Place all ingredients except the artichokes in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Place the puree in a serving bowl and stir in the chopped artichoke hearts. Serve it with your favorite vegetable dippers or use it to dress a tossed salad.

Yield: About 3 cups

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