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Wednesday
Nov242010

Kid-friendly dips

Finger foods are so much fun for kids. When dunked into various yummy dips, finger foods become even more fun! And if you are ever tempted to be a sneaky parent like I sometimes am, dips are great for masking certain other foods that might not be eaten in plain sight by a three-year-old. Vegetables become virtually invisible when processed or blended.

Elijah is such a funny little eater. He will eat certain foods so willingly and others he won't even look at. He will not look at a piece of meat, aside from pepperoni atop a greasy slice of pizza. One of the foods that he will look at, and eat very willingly, is hummus. This has always been a bit surprising to me because hummus has a bit of a "grown-up" flavor to it. But hey, I'm not complaining! There are some good ingredients in hummus and I am overjoyed that he is consuming them!

One of the regular snacks/meals that I make for him is a flatbread-hummus "sandwich." He loves it! My wheels started turning a few weeks ago and I wondered if maybe I could sneak little amounts of other types of food in with the hummus. I made the three dips from this post and added small amounts of each to his beloved hummus sandwiches and he didn't know the difference! I even got him to dunk a few pieces of pita bread into a few of the dips, which was a small miracle.

This is an avocado dip, which I found to be delicious when combined with cucumber slices. Yum! Pita bread and crackers went great with it, too.

Mix together in a small bowl until well combined but still chunky:

1 avocado

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1 Tbsp lime juice

Salt, to taste

Click here for a printable recipe!

This is a black bean dip and all kinds of veggies went really well with it. I preferred red pepper strips and cherry tomatoes.

Combine the following in a food processor (or blender) and process until smooth:

15.5-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 Tbsp. lime juice

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Salt, to taste

Click here for a printable recipe!

This was my favorite dip of the three. Elijah's, too. It is a white bean dip and everything dipped into it tasted fantastic!

Combine the following in a food processor (or blender) and process until smooth:

15.5-oz. can white beans, drained and rinsed

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 small clove garlic

Salt, to taste

Click here for a printable recipe!

Feel free to go crazy with these recipes. Have fun with them and add and subtract ingredients as you wish!

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