My Favorite Dinner: Dip Night!!

My absolute favorite dinner to make AND to eat is dip night.  It varies based on what I’m in the mood to make and what we have in our fridge!  Dips we’ve made for dip night in the past include guacamole, hummus, and various salsas. Dippers include various fruits, veggies, chips, crackers, and breads.

Tonight’s menu of dips included 3 of Weelicious‘s hummus recipes.  We’ve had these many times before and they are definite keepers: Hummus (the normal kind you think of when you hear the word hummus, made with chickpeas/garbanzo beans; I top it with a sprinkle of paprika and a light glaze of olive oil),

Black Bean Hummus (great with tortilla chips),

and White Bean Basil Hummus (made with cannelini/Great Northern beans and using fresh basil from a houseplant we have).

I whipped up all three recipes in my Blendtec, but you could use a food processor or regular blender.  Lilah will eat the regular hummus with a spoon she loves it so much!!

For dippers, I opened the fridge and dragged out all sorts of goodies — thanks mostly to our local/organic weekly delivery service, Papa Spud’s: zucchini, yellow squash, radishes, celery, carrots, lemon cucumbers, purple kohlrabi, green bell peppers, and an apple.

I also added some tortilla chips, pita bread slices, and some string cheese to the table.

 

To make the meal a little more fun, I added lots of colorful silicone muffin cups and served the veggies in a muffin tin.  I also added three colorful silicon muffin cups to each person’s plate to hold the three dips.

I just love how colorful this meal is!  And the fact that my two little ones (and my hubby for that matter) will down quite a good amount of veggies–and even enjoy doing it.

Plus, dipping your dinner is just plain fun. 🙂

What’s your favorite dinner?


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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • We LOVE Papa Spuds too!!! I love this idea!!! Maybe once Gus is a little older we’ll try it!! I would probably do lunch though, since my husband would feel starved if all he was able to have for dinner was dips and veggies. 🙂 Sounds delicious to me though!! How’d you make the black bean hummus? Is it all found on weelicious?

  • Anonymous says:

    If your white bean/basil hummus is anywhere near as good as Trader Joe’s I must have the recipe! Yum!! My kids always loved “dipping” too and we did a cheese fondue occassionally!

  • @Cat’s Litterbox — Yes, the black bean hummus recipe is right on the Weelicious site. (http://weelicious.com/2010/02/18/black-bean-hummus/) I’m lucky in that my husband doesn’t mind veggie dinners! This meal is actually surprisingly filling! 🙂

    @Anonymous — I haven’t tried Trader Joe’s version, but Weelicious based her recipe off of that one, so I’d bet they are very similar!! (http://weelicious.com/2011/03/14/white-bean-basil-hummus/) We’ve never done a cheese fondue at home, but it sounds like it’d be a winner around here — how’d you make it?? 🙂

  • These look really delicious!

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