Sunday, September 27, 2015

Recipe lessons: Mean Green Creamy Veggie Dip

While I love to cook and create tasty new recipes, I rarely take the time to jot down my creations. Just this weekend, my daughter asked me to change this trend and start to catalog some of my mash-ups for posterity.

Today's recipe is a new one. I threw this veggie dip together for my son's high school graduation party and have been making it ever since. I call it, Mean Green Creamy Veggie Dip... 

1 bag of Trader Joe's Cruciferious Crunch Collection: Kale, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Green Cabbage & Red Cabbage
1 block of fat free or low fat cream cheese
1 cup water
1 cup chicken or veggie stock
2 tablespoons of Garam Masala (to your taste)
Salt (to taste)
1 cup (more or less to your liking) TJ's Lite Mexican Blend Shredded Cheese.

How to cook:

Place water, stock, and garam masala powder into a large pot and bring to a boil.
Add greens mix to liquid and spices and cook until quite tender.
Drop cream cheese into the mixture and keep stirring until it melts into the other ingredients.
Allow mixture to come to a slow bubble and turn off heat.
Add the shredded cheese and mix to rest until melted.

Pour dip into serving bowl and serve with your favorite chips. (I prefer a blue corn chip with this dip, but you can also use it with whatever you find to your liking.) If you like spice, you can always add more Garam Masala, but take it easy when you first try this spice as it has a way of taking over a dish if used too heavily. As far as I have experienced with this recipe, all ingredients are Gluten Free, but please be sure to read labels for your own assurance.

Thanks and happy snacking!

Vicar Tara

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