Easy Greek Tzatziki (THM FP)

Tzatziki is incredibly versatile. Use it as a topping for a burger, salad, or as a dip for meat and veggies. The good news is, it’s also easy to make.

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Tzatziki is refreshing and takes just minutes to make.

I always used 0% fat plain Greek yogurt in my recipe, because you can use it with any THM meal.

For the cucumbers, I like to use hothouse cucumbers as they usually have less water than others. I lightly skin them, cut out the seeds, and finely dice.

Next, zest and juice the lemon. Add the parsley, dill, salt, and pepper and you’re done! Refrigerate for about 30 minutes prior to enjoying, so that the flavors have a chance to come together.

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It is so creamy and delicious! The yogurt has a tang, while the lemon delivers a punch of freshness. The cucumbers are crunchy and refreshing. And the herbs tie it all together with brightness.

It’s perfect on salads, burgers, as an appetizer dipper, or as a sauce for meat and fish.

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Greek Tzatziki (THM FP)

  • Servings: Makes 1/2 cups
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients



– 1 1/4 c nonfat plain Greek yogurt
– 1/3 c finely diced hothouse cucumber
– zest and juice of 1 lemon
– 3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
– 1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
– salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  2. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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2-Ingredient Everything Bagel Dip (THM FP)

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You will not believe how ridiculously easy (and tasty) this dip is!

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During my latest trip to Trader Joe’s, they were displaying the Everything Bagel seasoning along with some other seasonal items, and it jumped out at me. The ingredients are very straightforward: onion, garlic, seasame seeds, salt, and poppyseeds. I had some reduced fat sour cream sitting in my fridge at home waiting for a purpose, and *click* purpose found.

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Can a dip really be this easy? YEP.

Mix an entire 16oz container of reduced fat sour cream with about 3 Tablespoons of the Everything Bagel seasoning. If you want to add a little freshness to it, add a fresh herb of your choice: parsley, chives, dill, or scallions. Chop up a few tablespoons, toss it in with your dip and some salt and pepper. That’s it!

Leave it in the fridge for about an hour for the salt crystals to break down and all the flavors have a chance to combine.

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This dip is a THM FP up to about 3 Tablespoons (which would be 4.5g of fat). If you’re enjoying this with an E meal, be sure to watch the other fats in your meal to keep within the limits. There were no carbs in my reduced fat sour cream, so if you’re in S mode you can pile on as much as you like (yay!).

Serve with your favorite crudités: zucchini sticks, celery, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, mini sweet peppers, Parmesan Whisps or other cheese crackers.

Throw this together before a party or brunch get together, and all your guests will rave! Or, you know, just throw it together for yourself and you’ll have your own little rave. ^_^

Everything Bagel Dip (THM FP)

  • Servings: Makes 16oz of dip
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 1 16oz container of reduced fat sour cream (mine had 3g of fat per 2 Tbsp, good for S or E)
  • 3 Tbsp Everything Bagel seasoning
  • optional, fresh herb of choice: chives, scallions, parsley, dill, etc.
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate for one hour before serving.

Roasted Garlic Baba Ganoush (THM S)

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This was my first time making Baba Ganoush, and let me tell you just how EASY and flavorful this dish is.

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Bana Ganoush is a Levantine dish that’s based on cooked eggplant, tahini, olive oil, and spices.

Eggplant can be notoriously bitter, however I roasted it along with a whole head of garlic to bring out its sweetness. Roasting caramelizes the sugars in the vegetables, making them slightly smoky and a little sweet.

Don’t be intimated by roasting vegetables! Just follow my straight-forward method, and you won’t have any issues.

Let’s start with the base of our Baba Ganoush – the garlic and eggplant.

Start by preheating your oven to 400, then slice your eggplant. Don’t over-complicate it – I cut the stem off of it, then cut it into 4 big wedges. That’s it! The skin will come off later, so don’t worry about peeling or anything.

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Next prep the garlic by cutting off the top of your whole garlic bulb. Again, don’t worry about anything else – leave the skin on, leave the bottom stem on (that’s how it stays together). 20170315005437_IMG_2706

Spray it with a little coconut oil, then wrap the bulb in a small piece of aluminum foil.

I wrap it taller than I do small because that makes it easy to peek on the bulb (without burning yourself) while it cooks. Place it and the eggplant on a large baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Give the eggplant a light spray of coconut oil as well.

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Pop it into your oven, and roast away! The garlic will roast the longest, for about 30-40 minutes (depending on the size of your bulb). The eggplant, on the other hand, will only roast for about 20-25 minutes, and it’s easy to take that garlic bulb right off the sheet and leave it on the oven grates to finish roasting. Once the eggplant has some deep color, place it into a heat-safe bowl and cover with aluminum foil (you can totally recycle that piece you used on the baking sheet!) or plastic wrap. This helps finish cooking the eggplant, while also lifting the skin away from the flesh of the eggplant making it easier to peel.

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With the garlic, I primarily go by smell to know when its done. When you start smelling the roasted garlic, check on it about every 10 minutes until you see a deep, golden color.

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Look at that! Golden, a little crispy on the edges, and soft. Roasted garlic almost makes a paste because it’s so soft, and I’ll show you my easy-peasy way to get all those roasted cloves out of your bulb in just a minute.

Back to the eggplant! Once its cool enough to handle, take a sharp pairing knife to begin peeling the flesh away from the skin of the eggplant. I started on the skinny, pointy end of the wedge and made a small cut right between the skin and flesh. Then run your knife close to the skin, allowing the flesh to gently peel away. It’s OK if it doesn’t come off all in one piece, you’re pureeing this anyway – no one has to know!

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Peel away all that soft eggplant flesh, and place it right into your food processor.

Next is the garlic. Take the whole roasted bulb into your palm and angle it over the food processor. Squeeze the bulb from the bottom, and all the cloves begin to release from their skins out through the top.

Easy, right?!

Now, it’s time for the rest of your ingredients.

Squeeze of half a lemon – hold it cut-side up so that the seeds stay with the lemon, instead of going into your processor.

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Then the tahini – if you’re unfamiliar with tahini, it’s just sesame seed butter. I found it very easily in the bulk section at my local Sprouts. It’s nothing but sesame seeds!

I spiced this really simply with a little bit of smoky ground cumin, a few leaves of fresh parsley, salt, and pepper. [I know, super complicated, right?]

Place it all into your food processor, and get ready to whirl!

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Start it whirling, then stream in about 1/3 c of olive oil (EVOO, in my world).

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The Baba Ganoush is ready when it reaches this loose paste-like consistency. Think, a loose hummus.

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Gorgeous! Transfer it to your serving bowl, sprinkle with a tiny bit of smoked paprika, more fresh chopped parsley, and a quick drizzle of EVOO.

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Seriously, how beautiful is that? AND…it’s ALL veggies! No dairy, no beans, no problem.

You can serve this with cut veggies (cucumbers, mini sweet peppers, grape tomatoes, fresh zucchini, cauliflower, I could go on…) even some baked low carb pita triangles or parmesan cheese whisps would work. Any way you serve it, it’s equally delicious.

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This dip has a smokiness from the roasted eggplant and cumin, then you get a little sweetness from the roasted garlic and tahini, and it has a fruity quality with the raw EVOO. Simply divine!

Make this Baba Ganoush for your next party, and your guest will be begging for your recipe.

Roasted Garlic Baba Ganoush

  • Servings: Multiple, Makes about 12oz of dip
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Cut the eggplant into 4 wedges, leaving the skin on. Cut the top off the bulb of garlic, leaving the bottom stem intact. Spray both with coconut oil. Wrap the garlic in a small piece of foil, and place the eggplant onto a foil-lined baking sheet.
  3. Roast the eggplant for about 20-25 minutes, and the garlic for about 30-40 minutes. Place the eggplant into a bowl and cover with foil or plastic to continue the cooking process.
  4. Once the eggplant is cool enough to handle, separate the flesh from the skin with a nice, sharp pairing knife. Place it into a food processor fitted with its blade.
  5. Hold the garlic bulb over the processor, and gently squeeze from the bottom to release the cloves of roasted garlic.
  6. Add the cumin, parsley, tahini, salt and pepper to the food processor and begin a constant blend.
  7. Stream in the EVOO until a paste-like consistency happens. Taste and adjust for seasoning.
  8. Place into a serving bowl and garnish with smoked paprika, parsley, and a drizzle of EVOO.
  9. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days.


 

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Creamy Jalapeño Ranch Sauce (THM S)

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If you are lucky enough to have a Chuy’s Tex-Mex restaurant near you, then I bet you already know the sauce I’m talking about. We discovered Chuy’s over the summer, and now my daughter begs to go there at least once a week. We try to appease her by going once or twice a week.

On to the legendary Creamy Jalapeño Sauce. At Chuy’s, you can put this sauce on anything you want – tacos, enchiladas, nachos, chile rellenos, and even dips your chips in it. It’s ah-mazing. It has a hint of ranch flavor, a ton of freshness, and just a little *bite* of fresh jalapeño.

After I made some wildly successful Homemade Buttermilk Ranch, I decided to build on that recipe to replicate copycat Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeño Sauce.

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What’s wonderful about this recipe is that it takes maybe five minutes to put together. You throw all of the ingredients into a food processor or high-powered blender and whip together until everything looks uniform. Then taste, taste, taste! Add more flavor as you wish – more dill, more cilantro, salt, pepper, etc. Make it your own! What you end up with is a fresh, creamy, slightly spicy sauce.

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A few tips…

*Grate or finely mince the garlic prior to blending it. Garlic can be tough for blenders and processors to get to, because it’s already small so it will get “chunked” instead of blended.

*Finely chop the jalapeño prior to blending it as well. Again, just helps ensure that you won’t end up with chunks of jalapeño. If you would like tips on how to take the seeds and ribs out without setting your hands on fire with pepper juice, check out my how-to here.

As with any homemade dressing/sauce, the flavor will intensify over time. It’s best to stir it before each use.

Use this fabulous sauce on your salads, tacos, enchiladas, as dip for crudités, or anything else your heart desires.

Creamy Jalapeño Ranch Sauce

  • Servings: Multiple
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 1 c mayonnaise
  • 1/2 c reduced fat sour cream
  • 1 large handful fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley
  • 3 Tbsp fresh chives
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 tsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp gluten free Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small sprig fresh dill, or 1/2 tsp dried dill, fronds removed and roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • half and half to thin out as needed

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into a high-powered mixer or food processor and blend well.
  2. Adjust seasoning as needed. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Copycat 4-Ingredient Chipotle-Style Guacamole (THM S)

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I did  not grow up loving avocados. It wasn’t until my adult years that I realized all the buttery goodness avocados have to offer.

Avocados were one of my kids’ first foods, and they still love those beautiful greenies well into their toddler years. [In fact, one of my toddlers threw an epic hissy fit just last week simply because I didn’t make guacamole for dinner. That’s commitment right there.]

If I’m being very honest, Chipotle is one of our favorite meals on the go. Chipotle is committed to clean, sustainable ingredients and I can very easily get a filling S meal while we’re there. In fact, I think my kids eat the *most* vegetables when we eat at Chipotle. [Hey, whatever works, right?]

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This recipe takes just 4 simple ingredients, and it can be thrown together in no time flat.

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Start with the avocados – the most important part!

It’s vital to have bright green, ripe avocados. When you’re picking them at the store, the skin should be dark and they should have a little give when you squeeze them. If they have a little stem still attached at the top, pop it out and it’s a pretty accurate measure as to how ripe the avocado is.

Using a sharp knife, cut straight down to pit and circle your knife around the pit until you get two halves. Cut large cubes while the avocado is still in the skin, then use a spoon to scoop between the flesh and skin.

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Scoop the cubes straight into a small mixing bowl, and douse with the juice of 1/2 a lime. I love using this lime juicer! It’s seriously one of my favorite kitchen tools, because limes are notoriously difficult to juice. This handheld juicer makes it so easy, and you get ALL the juice that lime has to offer.

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Toss to coat the cubes in the lime juice. This helps keep your avocados from oxidizing.

Then add 1/2 a fresh jalapeño, finely diced. I have a trick for getting the ribs and seeds out of these guys using a grapefruit spoon. Sounds weird, I know, but it WORKS. Check out my how-to here. Chop that jalapeño very finely, especially if kids are partaking in your guacamole. No one wants to chomp down on a large piece of jalapeño – that’s how tongues get hurt.

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Add a handful of fresh cilantro, salt and pepper.

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Toss to coat, and mash to your desired consistency with the back of a fork. I like mine chunky, a-la Chipotle, so I don’t mash it too finely.

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Ta-da! Beautiful, buttery guacamole. Enjoy it with cut veggies (peppers, cucumbers, celery, etc.) or with your favorite S tacos/taco salads. It’s the perfect game day treat the whole family can munch on!

Copycat Chipotle Guacamole (THM S)

  • Servings: Multiple
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe avocados, cubed
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeño, finely minced
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped (about 1/4 c)
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Place the avocado cubes in a small mixing bowl, and coat with the lime juice. Toss to combine.
  2. Add the jalapeño, cilantro, salt and pepper and mash together to desired consistency with the back of a fork.
  3. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container until ready to serve. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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Warm Bacon & Blue Cheese Dip (THM S)

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If you aren’t already  aware, bacon and blue cheese are besties.

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I remember my mother-in-love making a fabulous bacon and blue cheese spread years ago, before my husband and I were married, and I think that was the moment her and I became best buds. We completely bonded over our mutual love of this spread, and it never died.

Another example: For my husband’s and my anniversary a few years ago, we went all-out to a fancy steakhouse nearby. I still remember that meal, because it was so amazing. Beautifully seared steak alongside a risotto which featured, you guessed it, blue cheese and bacon. THEIR LOVE CANNOT BE DENIED.

Flash forward to Thanksgiving season this year, and I was heavily contemplating what appetizers to make for our Friendsgiving meal [we spent our day with friends, so we dubbed it Friendsgiving ^_^]. In dreaming up ideas, my mind came to this conclusion: a warm bacon and blue cheese dip.

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Cream cheese, scallions, crispy bacon, blue cheese, and a variety of stringy cheeses to take it that extra mile (because I can).

People went nuts over it. Even people like my husband who feel “meh” towards blue cheese, could NOT get enough of this dip. Simple ingredients, easy prep, and you get something that’s equal parts impressive and tasty.

I mean, need I do more explaining?

Serve this dip with some baked low carb pitas and/or an assortment of crudites (zucchini sticks, cucumbers, celery, mini sweet peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, etc.).

I’m loving this new stoneware made by Le Creuset. The larger stone baking dish fit this dip perfectly, and it made for great presentation (straight from the oven to the table). If you don’t have a dish like this, that’s OK – just pick something relatively long and shallow that will make for easy spooning/dipping.

Warm Bacon & Blue Cheese Dip (THM S)

  • Servings: Multiple
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 2 8oz blocks cream cheese, softened
  • 12 oz bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 c heavy cream or half and half
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese (or a mix of mozzarella and monterrey jack)
  • 1/4 c blue cheese crumbles
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 6-10 dashes hot sauce
  • 1/4 c shredded parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients, leaving out half of the mozzarella, parmesan, and parsley. You can also reserve a small handful of bacon as topping.
  3. Lightly butter your baking dish, and spoon in the dip mixture.
  4. Top with the remaining cheeses and parsley. (If you’re worried about the mixture dripping, you can place the dish on a sheet pan. Although, mine did not boil over.)
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 375, until hot and bubbly.
  6. Serve hot with an assortment of crudites.

Ranch Dip for Any Meal

Ranch dip has a very special place in my heart. I’ve been eating it a long time, and gave it up once I started my Trim Healthy Mama journey because there’s not one ranch dressing on the market that’s reasonably priced and within the plan guidelines. At least, not one I can find in any of the grocery stores I frequent.

I got to thinking a few weeks ago, that since I make my own dry ranch seasoning I could for sure make my own ranch dip or dressing. It took some experimenting, but I think  I found a great FP option ranch dip.

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Ranch Dip (THM FP)

Single-serve

Ranch seasoning:

  • 1 Tsp minced dried onion
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Add 1 Tsp of dry seasoning to 3 Tsp fat free sour cream. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper as needed.

In an E setting, there’s no limit for this since there’s no fat. In an S setting, keep the serving to 2 Tsp.

If there’s leftover ranch seasoning, place it in a zip-top bag and store in a cool, dry place for later use.

Enjoy!