Blue Cheese Dip

When entertaining family and friends, whether it is for a traditional holiday or something as casual as a get-together to watch a football bowl game, dips are always a great idea. Most dips need to be prepared ahead of time, and in fact improve in flavor with advanced preparation, so dips are usually great choices for entertaining. Adding healthy items served along with a low fat dip to scoop it up such as raw veggies, or whole wheat pita chips also helps to keep dips a healthy snack option and adds some nutritional value to the snack. If you are planning a Superbowl party, this dip is also great served along with baked chicken wings or chicken fingers. This recipe was adapted from one in Southern Living magazine and uses the lower fat versions of such high fat ingredients as mayonnaise and cream cheese. Blue cheese has such a strong flavor that a little goes a long way in this recipe!

 
Why Healthy

  • Using the reduced fat versions of cream cheese and mayonnaise decreases calories from fat substantially.
  • Serving raw vegetables and whole grain pita chips along with the dip to increase nutritional value.
  • Fat free Greek yogurt was used in place of the sour cream included in the original recipe to improve the nutritional profile.

 

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Blue Cheese Dip

A lower fat version of a traditional blue cheese dip that sacrifices none of the flavor.

Yield: Serves 10

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Ingredients:

1 (8 Ounce) Package Reduced Fat Cream Cheese
1/4 Cup Reduced Fat Olive Oil Mayonnaise
1/4 Cup Fat Free Greek Yogurt
2 Teaspoons Red Wine Vinegar
1/2 Cup Fresh Chopped Parsley
1/4 Cup Chopped Scallions
2 Garlic Cloves, Peeled
1 Teaspoon Hot Sauce
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice & Zest
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1 (4 Ounce) Container Blue Cheese Crumbles (Choose Strong Flavored Blue Cheese, Not A Mild Version)
Garnishes:
Additional Blue Cheese Crumbles
Chopped Scallions

Adapted from Southern Living magazine January, 2011.

Directions:

Place all the dip ingredients into a blender except the blue cheese and pulse until blended.
Taste and adjust flavorings as needed.
Scoop the dip into a serving bowl and stir in the blue cheese, mixing well.
Garnish the top with some additional blue cheese crumbles and chopped green onions.
Serve with fresh veggies, and whole grain pita chips.

 

One Response to “Pumpkin Dip”

  1. Michelle — November 6, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

    I love pumpkin recipes, but I’m always put off when I see the ingredients listed to make it into dessert type recipes. I love this version, thank you so much for sharing it, it looks fantastic, as do your completely stunning photos.

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