(In a bowl combine, 1.5 cups soft sun-dried tomatoes or freshly diced tomatoes, 6 basil leaves chopped, 3 tsp minced garlic, 1/8 cup olive oil and toss, sprinkle sea salt and cracked pepper. Spoon onto whole grain crackers (Triscuits, Kashi, Weight Watcher baguettes, etc).
- Hummus and veggies/crackers
Click this link for a fantastic tasting hummus or in a pinch? I recommend Cedar’s Hummus, has zero additives and only 40 calories a serving.
Pair with sliced peppers, cherry tomatoes, carrots, cucumebers, etc.
- Good ‘ol shrimp and dip. Full of protein. Check out this shrimp platter twist here.
- Green Chile & Goat Cheese Dip (This looks wonderful, haven’t tried but plan to this season!)
Link to recipe here
- 5 Spice Pistachio Nuts
6 tablespoons orange juice
6 tablespoons Chinese five-spice powder
4 teaspoons kosher salt
6 cups unsalted pistachios
Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 250°F.
Whisk orange juice, five-spice powder and salt in a large bowl. Add pistachios; toss to coat. Divide between 2 large rimmed baking sheets; spread in an even layer.
Bake, stirring every 15 minutes, until dry, about 45 minutes. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
- Popcorn.. with a twist!
Pop 1/2 cup kernels in air popper (or for quick microwave options, place 1/4 c kernels in a brown paper bag, fold down twice and place on popcorn setting. Repeat as many times as you need for desired amount of popcorn.
Combine 4 tsp white truffle oil, 2 tbsp dried parsley, or basil, and 1/4 c Parmesan cheese. Toss and coat popcorn!
*Other oils to use: coconut oil, olive or canola oil, with other spice variations:
Cajun seasonings, garlic, pepper, Mrs Dash, you name it!
In good health,
Kelly Devine Rickert MS RDN CSSD LDN
MVCC Wellness Coordinator