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Green Goddess Vegetable Dip

Herbs. So many herbs. This dip has most of the herbs we grow in our garden… plus mint I had to buy because for some reason we’re incapable of growing it. This is the first time in three years that anything has sprouted from mint seeds we’ve planted and it’s still not producing anything that looks harvest-worthy. Time will tell!

Add this to the list of recipes made so unbelievably simple with a food processor. If you don’t have one, I suggest figuring out a way to make this anyway because it’s tastes like Summertime.

Green Goddess Dip
1/2 cup fresh dill
1/2 cup fresh mint
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1/3 cup fresh basil
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 whole scallions, roughly chopped
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Kosher salt
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup feta cheese
1/2 cup Greek yogurt

1. Put all the ingredients in the herbs, garlic, lemon juice and salt in a food processor. Pulse until completely chopped. While it’s running, slowly add in olive oil and run for a few extra seconds. Then add the yogurt and cheese.

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2. Eat with every veggie in sight, put it on a salad, or maybe on a sandwich? I don’t know, live a little!

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Spinach Hummus

The Yogurt and Dill Dip really is tasty with the chopped veggies but for some reason the second batch I made didn’t have the same consistency as the first — I think I added a bit too much lemon so it wasn’t quite perfect. Instead of trying another time I decided to make something a little different for this week. The only constructive criticism I received  — use more garlic next time. What can I say, I married an Italian man.

Spinach Hummus
2 1/2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3 cups raw spinach
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/3 cup tahini
2 large garlic cloves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup cilantro leaves

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1. Combine all ingredients in food processor and turn on until the hummus is smooth.

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2. If it seems to be too thick and isn’t processing as well as you’d hoped, it probably means you forgot the lime juice. Whoops! Put in some fresh lime juice and continue pulsing until the right consistency.

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3. Devour!

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Yogurt and Dill Dip

We planted dill in our garden this year and quickly learned that is a very fast grower. I have more dill than I know what to do with, so recipe suggestions are welcome! We’ve been eating a lot of cut up veggies during the week and I decided to make a dip to go along with them. It’s super easy and cheap. It’s also much better after sitting in the fridge for a day so all the flavors have marinated together.

Yogurt and Dill Dip
1 cup plain greek yogurt
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh dill
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

1. Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl. I highly suggested letting this sit overnight before enjoying.

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Super Bowl Appetizers

We went to Jason’s coworker’s house yesterday to watch the game. I brought Caramelized Onion Dip and Cayenne Stuffed Mushrooms. These appetizers are a huge hit with all of my friends and family and both are very easy to make (especially if you have a food processor to chop up the mushroom stems and garlic)!

Caramelized Onion Dip
(Recipe credit to Food & Wine)
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
3 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups sour cream, room temperature
1 8oz block of cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Kosher salt and ground pepper

1. In a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the onions and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden. It may take about 30 minutes.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of water and cook, stirring, until the water evaporates, about 5 minutes. Let the onions cool slightly, about 15 minutes.
3. Transfer the onions to a cutting board and coarsely chop.
4. In a large bowl, mix onions with salt and pepper, as desired.
5. Mix in the sour cream, cream cheese, onion powder, and Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Season more as needed and serve at room temperature.

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Cayenne Stuffed Mushrooms
24 whole fresh mushrooms
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 8oz blocks of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs (gluten free, if desired)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray. Clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel and carefully break off stems. Chop stems extremely fine with food processor, if available.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and chopped mushroom stems to the skillet. Fry until any moisture has disappeared, taking care not to burn garlic.
3. Pour stem and garlic mixture into a bowl lined with paper towel. This will help get rid of excess moisture and oil. After a minute or so, remove stems from the towel and place inside bowl to cool.
4. In a large bowl stir stems and garlic into cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, black pepper, onion powder and cayenne pepper. Mixture should be very thick.
5. Using a little spoon, fill each mushroom cap with a generous amount of stuffing. Dip each cap into the breadcrumbs and arrange in prepared casserole dish.
6. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the mushrooms are piping hot and liquid starts to form under caps.

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