If summertime isn’t avocado time then I just don’t know when is. Living in California we have an abundance of inexpensive, ripe and incredibly delicious avocados all summer long. While cruising Pinterest the other day I saw that my girlfriend had posted what looked like the perfect avocado recipe. She found the recipe Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip on two peas & their pod and I was excited to try it.
You can make the recipe as it posted on two peas & their pod, but because I have an extreme aversion to cilantro I changed it a bit to make it my own. I adore the recipe with the changes made and have served it numerous times. I hope you like it as much as I do, because this is a fantastic use of avocados and perfect for any summertime gathering.
Creamy Avocado Dip
1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
1 clove garlic
3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
1/2 a Serrano pepper
1/2 of a lime, freshly squeezed
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth.
Serve with fresh veggies or tortilla chips or use as a topping or spread for sandwiches.
My best friend has food in her refrigerator I would never have in mine. I’m not saying that this food isn’t tasty food, I’m saying it isn’t stuff I would have imagined would be tasty, so I wouldn’t have purchased it myself. I am introduced to a new food item that is healthy and delicious on every visit. One such item is a vegetable tofu spread. This delicious spread can only be purchased from Garden of Eden, a small food chain in New York and in some of the surrounding areas. During the week I spent in NYC I ate no less than three containers.
Coming home and being unable to find anything similar I decided to experiment and come up with a veggie spread or dip of my own. This delicious recipe is so easy to make and cuts down on the fat and calories usually found in dips. If you want to make it even lower in fat buy low-fat cream cheese.
Creamy Vegetable Tofu Dip
Yields 1 Cup
4 ounces softened cream cheese
4 ounces silken tofu
1 tbsp. finely diced carrot
1 tbsp. finely diced red pepper
1 tsp. minced shallot
2 green onions thinly sliced, white part only
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
Cracked black pepper to taste
Garnish with chopped Italian parsley
In a microwave safe bowl microwave softened cream cheese for 20 seconds. Put warmed cream cheese and tofu in mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer and the whisk beaters on the lowest setting and mix together tofu and cream cheese. Once the consistency is very creamy, like yogurt, stir in the remaining ingredients. Taste and season with pepper and re-season with salt, depending on saltiness of cream cheese. Chill for 2 hours.
Can be served as a dip with veggies and chips or as a breakfast spread.