If you love to snack, chances are you like to dig into a big bowl of creamy, dreamy dip. However, if you’re following a healthy diet, dips laden with high calorie, high fat ingredients like mayo and sour cream are not going to be on your menu frequently. What’s a dip lover to do? Try our creative solution – tofu!
Tofu is very high in protein, very low in fat, and fairly low in calories. It’s also a great source of calcium and other vital nutrients, tends to be very inexpensive, and is available in most any grocery store. Tofu keeps longer than dairy products, and the soft variety can be blended into smooth, creamy oblivion quite easily if you have a simple blender or food processor. It’s one of the healthiest, smartest bases for delicious dips out there.
One of the most classic dips is basic French onion dip. It’s easy to make – a soup seasoning packet does most of the work for you – and it’s even easier to eat. You can serve it with everything from your own homemade, oven-baked potato crisps to slices of fresh veggies. We especially like this dip with carrot sticks, chunks of celery, and spread onto thick slices of sweet pepper.
French Onion Dip
*1 pound soft tofu*2 tablespoons oil*2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice*1-2 tablespoons or packets of artificial sweetener*1 packet dry French onion soup mix
Blend the first four ingredients in a food processor or a blender until they’re smooth and creamy. Remove this mixture from the blender and stir in the onion soup mix until it’s thoroughly dissolved. Cover and refrigerate the dip for at least four hours, or preferably overnight, to let the flavors blend.
If you’re in the mood for something with fiesta flair, blend up a batch of our spicy Jalapeno dip. To give it even more of a Mexican flavor, we’ve added copious amounts of cilantro, which gives the dip a cool, earthy quality which makes a perfect counterpoint to the sharp heat of the jalapenos. The dip comes out a lovely emerald green color, which looks so tempting alongside crisp corn and flour tortilla chips. It’s also an excellent topping for warm burritos, crisp tacos, or fun, frisky tostadas. For an extra authentic touch, serve this dip with a few wedges of fresh lime.
Homestyle Jalapeno Dip
*1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, loosely packed*2 teaspoons garlic powder*1 small jalapeno pepper, chopped and carefully seeded*1/2 pound soft tofu*1 tablespoon olive oil*2 tablespoons lime juice*1/2 teaspoon salt
Add the cilantro, garlic powder, and jalapeno to the food processor or blender and chop. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until the dip is smooth and creamy.