Healthier Dips Trio For the Big Game

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The light at the end of the winter tunnel looms closer!

The thing is, this is the time of year, every year, in which I notice more hope and light. I notice that I have many more events to look forward to, and that winter is almost halfway over. The last half always goes more quickly than the first half! That’s because we have things that keep us warm. And not just a pellet stove, and the fact that we just got back from 75 degrees Florida! It’s the fun of what’s to come in February and March. And soon, it will be time to party for the big game!

I first thought of an idea for a healthier dips trio, because I love everything in three! Whenever I buy crunchy snacks for a party, I buy them in three’s. That way we’re covered with pretzels, potato chips, and tortilla chips. Sounds simple enough, right? It’s about having something for everyone, and a dip for everything! (and everyone) That’s where my recipes come in.

And that’s where my favorite trio comes in too:

This is my favorite mix of new and traditional favorites. When you’re trying to have a party to suit many tastes, the variety matters. Food failure is no option – and this is our winning spread. Three crunchy snacks, three better for you dips, and fruits and vegetables. My husband makes spicy wings, and I usually try to find a dessert too. I think there’s no attention like there is to the snacks, though. They make the party! And it’s how we take our party from ordinary to extraordinary. To be fair, there’s nothing ordinary about our home and our eclectic parties, but crunchy snacks and dips should stand out.

Here are three healthier dips for Snack Factory® Pretzel Crips®, Kettle Brand® Potato Chips, and Late July® Tortilla Chips:

Broccoli Guacamole

Broccoli Guacamole

Ingredients

  1. 2 ripe avocados, diced
  2. 1 cup lightly cooked broccoli pieces, chopped
  3. 1 tomato, diced
  4. 1 garlic clove, minced
  5. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  6. 1 tsp paprika
  7. Salt

Instructions

  • 1. (optional because raw broccoli also works well) Cook the broccoli until it's soft, and drain well
  • 2. Place in a food processor and add remaining ingredients, except the avocado
  • 3. Then mix all ingredients in a bowl - add avocados and mash them but leave some chunks
  • 4. Season with salt, as needed
  • 5. Enjoy!
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I generally pair broccoli guacamole with pretzels, but many crunch snacks work! I lightly cook my broccoli, but I’ve also had it with raw broccoli. In those cases you just chop it really finely so it blends in. It’s a great way to get vegetables!

It’s such an easy recipe and it doesn’t take a lot of time either! That’s why I chose three dips that are all easy to shop for, and make. That way you have delicious and wholesome snacks in only a matter of time. Next is Lemon White Bean Dip:

Lemon White Bean Dip:

Ingredients:

2 cups cannelini beans, drained
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
2 lemon rinds, grated
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1 – Put the beans in a blender/food processor with half the garlic and some salt
2 – Add the olive oil a little at a time until the whole mixture is smooth
3 – Add more garlic and mix again
4 – In a large bowl, mix in rosemary, lemon zest and a bit more olive oil
5 – Enjoy with salt and pepper as needed

My third favorite recipe is a Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus. Hummus is forever a favorite recipe in this household, but I like to branch out a bit when we’re expecting company. I pair them with Late July® Tortilla Chips, in any delicious flavor!

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus:

Ingredients:

1 can garbanzo beans, drained
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp tahini
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
fresh basil to taste

Instructions:

1 – Add garbanzo beans to blender/food processor with tomatoes. Then add olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and salt
2 – Pulse mixture for 1 minute and then scrape down sides, and then pulse for another few minutes
3 – Add basil and mix into hummus
4 – Serve with tortilla chips and fresh vegetables
5 – Enjoy!

Are you inspired yet? I went to a birthday party on Saturday night and all I wanted were the chips, pretzels, and dips!

What’s your favorite crunchy snack for a big game party?

Enjoy!

Hot Ham and Cheese Dip with Homemade Rosemary Pita Chips

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One thing I love more than anything is getting together with close friends and family in the winter. We have Game Days – it’s such a New England thing. And that’s why I’m proud to be partnering with Eckrich Deli to create a delicious game day recipe!

Do you have a big game day coming up? My Hot Ham & Cheese Dip with Homemade Rosemary Pita Chips will satisfy all of your guests! Simply delicious #Recipe AD

When you think of game day, you think of dip, right?

Right. I do, anyway! I think of smoky taste. And cheesy taste. I think of hot dip and homemade chips. The secret to the best pita chips is to make them yourself and serve them still warm! I remember we went to a party in San Francisco and wanted our pita chips to still be warm so we wrapped them in foil for when we got to the party. Then we unveiled our dip and homemade chips and the crowd went wild! For the chips and dip, anyway. I can’t say for sure about the game that night!

I have a fairly deep appreciation for a good college football time. I have certainly been to my fair share of games, because my sister was on the dance team at our college, and there’s nothing like sitting in the stands with hot chocolate and a ton of newfound team spirit. Almost as good? Watching at home with a good spread of appetizers! The thing is, I’m all about creating the perfect game-day dish using my Eckrich Ham Off the Bone Deli Meat that will please any crowd anytime!

ham and cheese dip

ham and cheese dip

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I can’t wait to tune in with a snack!

ham and cheese dip

Eckrich Deli has grown to be among the most popular in the supermarket retail and meat case, after opening as a small meat market in 1894. Their high-quality meat products all show their craftsmanship and pride – from their naturally hardwood smoked sausage to savory deli meat. I love that Eckrich Deli has many options that can provide the protein kick you need for every meal of the day, and they make it easy to prepare a multitude of recipes for your family and loved ones. They definitely have epic game day entertaining covered! I got my Eckrich Ham Off the Bone Deli Meat right at my deli counter!

Do you have a big game day coming up? My Hot Ham & Cheese Dip with Homemade Rosemary Pita Chips will satisfy all of your guests! Simply delicious #Recipe AD

Do you have a big game day coming up? My Hot Ham & Cheese Dip with Homemade Rosemary Pita Chips will satisfy all of your guests! Simply delicious #Recipe AD

The deli counter has an enormous selection of Eckrich Deli Meat. They have ham, bologna, pastrami, beef, and more! My recipe serves about 4-6 people, with leftover ham you can use to make many other tips, or lunchtime sandwiches.

Hot Ham and Cheese Dip with Homemade Rosemary Pita Chips

Hot Ham and Cheese Dip with Homemade Rosemary Pita Chips

Ingredients

  1. 3/4 cup Eckrich Ham Off the Bone Deli Meat, diced
  2. 8 oz cream cheese
  3. 3/4 cup sour cream
  4. 1 tsp garlic powder
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1/4 tsp pepper
  7. 3/4 cup shredded cheese
  8. 3 pieces of pita bread, cut into eighths
  9. 2 sprigs of rosemary
  10. 1/2 tsp salt
  11. 1/4 tsp pepper
  12. 2 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • 1. For the dip, combine ham, cream cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, salt, and pepper over medium heat
  • 2. Stir in cheese and heat until just gooey
  • 3. For the pita chips, cut 3 pieces of pita bread into eighths
  • 4. Combine bread with salt, pepper and olive oil in a sealed bag or container and shake to combine ingredients and cover pita bread
  • 5. Put pita bread on baking sheet and cook for 8-10 minutes at 425 or until crispy
  • 6. Be careful - they burn quickly
  • 7. Serve together hot and enjoy!
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What’s your favorite ham recipe for game day?