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Posted on 01-20-2015

It's diner time.....

You are wore out......

Exhausted from work or the kids.....

Completely uninspired......

And you have no ambition to cook a veggie side dish on top of the main dish.

Been there....... oh wait..... I AM there.....

How about I give you an idea for a veggie side dish that will take you 5 min to prepare?

How about a side dish that is made ahead and you can use it throughout the week?

Welcome to Fit Food Friday,

        where That Veggie Tray Isn't Just For Gatherings


It's simple

 it's easy,

and I have seen an increase in veggie consumption from my myself, my hubby, and my 2 girls when I set this out. 

The nice thing is that you can prep this ahead, at the begining of the week, or the day you go grocery shopping. Then all you have to do is pull it out for dinner, or to pack a quick snack for work, school, or for lunch. 

I'm going to share some easy homemade dips you can use with the tray.

One of my favorites is HUMMUS...   My girls love it too.  And there is a wide range of variations you can do with hummus.

We'll start with a basic HUMMUS recipe:

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/4 c liquid that you drained from the chickpeas

1/4 c Tahini

1tbs lemon juice

2 1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp ground cumin

paprika to taste

DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients, except for paprika, in a food processor or blender and blend until creamy. Place in serving bowl and garnish with Paprika to taste.

A super yummy variation (where you get to sneak in some healthy fat)


1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup of liquid from chickpeas

1 large avocado, pitted and peeled

1/4 fresh tomato, diced

2 tbs Tahini

3 tbs Lemon Juice

2 tb olive oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS: Toss it all into the food processor or blender and mix until creamy. 

Check out the E-Book A Love Affair with Hummus to see lots of yummy Hummus recipes like:

Lemon Garlic Hummus

Roasted Garlic Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Pumpkin Hummus

Spinach and Feta Hummus

Mediterranean Hummus



Lets try some ranch dressing....

Recipe and Photo courtesy of www.100daysofrealfood.com

Ranch Flavored Dip
From the $5 Dinner Mom
  • 2 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Sour cream, for serving
  1. Mix together the first six ingredients down to the pepper. Store in an airtight container.
  2. When you are ready to make the dip stir 1 tablespoon of the spice mixture together with ½ cup sour cream. Serve with fresh sliced veggies or whole-wheat pretzels.
  3. Save the remaining dry spice mixture in spice cabinet or pantry for another day.

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