Chips and dip are probably the easiest and most common snack to keep on hand during football season. This is particularly true for college football (and, ergo, college students eating on a budget). It doesn’t break the bank, can be made ahead and is meant to be shared with others. Naturally, there are many types of dip to be had, be they cheese, creamy, spicy or chunky; however, make it your own by — well, making it. For the start of college football this weekend, take the offensive and try something new for your game-day snacks, like this easy Healthy Veggie Dip.
As stated in the name, this homemade dip contains a mix of colorful vegetables, including vidalia onions, carrot and celery. The foundation of this dip comes from low-fat cottage cheese, which gives the dip a creamy quality without being too heavy. Cottage cheese is a superbly healthy base, as it is high in protein and calcium; also, even though it is low in carbohydrates, it is surprisingly filling. In fact, it is considered to be such a model food that it has even inspired a cottage cheese diet (read more about this health food fad here). Remember to purchase your carton of cottage cheese on sale, such as the Crystal brand (available in low-fat or non-fat) for just $2.59 at Safeway.
Don’t limit yourself to simply tortilla chips with this Healthy Veggie Dip if you can help it! Layer vegetables upon vegetables by serving this homemade dip with celery sticks, carrot sticks or sliced bell peppers.
- 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup non-fat greek yogurt
- 1 vidalia onion, chopped (or substitute yellow Hermiston sweet onions)
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1 celery stalk, diced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp paprika (plus additional for garnish)
- 1 tsp onion powder
- Chopped chives for garnish (optional)
Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a saute pan. Cook garlic, onion, carrot and celery until vegetables are tender (approximately ten minutes). Add to a food processor; mix until fully blended. Next, add the cottage cheese and greek yogurt. Season with lemon juice, pepper, garlic salt, paprika and onion powder. Pulse until combined.
Top with a pinch of paprika and chives. Serve with vegetables or chips.