Friday, May 26, 2017

Skinny Caramelized Onion and Dill Dip

This appetizer recipe for Skinny Caramelized Onion and Dill Dip is made healthier by using Greek yogurt and light sour cream.

The start of summer is so close I can almost taste it! There's no better time than a holiday weekend to post an appetizer recipe that can be shared with friends.

I originally made a version of this dip two years ago and brought it back out of the archives last weekend for a dinner gathering. I think this new "skinny" version is even better.

This dip is made healthier using Greek yogurt and light sour cream. Adding a caramelized yellow onion and dried dill weed is the best flavor combination. I paired this dip with crunchy snap peas and pita chips.

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Skinny Caramelized Onion and Dill Dip
Feeds a crowd.

1 cup light sour cream
1 cup Greek yogurt {I used 2%}
1 Tablespoon dried dill weed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Caramelized Onion:
1 medium yellow onion
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
9+ Tablespoons water

*Chop the onion into small pieces. Add 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon butter to a saute pan on medium.
*Once the oil shimmers, add onions. Continuing cooking onions on medium and stir every few minutes. After 10 minutes, add 1/4 teaspoon salt to the pan and stir.
*Continue stirring onions occasionally for ~30 more minutes, adding 3 Tablespoons of water in 10 minute intervals.
*Remove onions from the heat and let cool for ~10 minutes. While the onions are cooling, stir together the sour cream, Greek yogurt, chopped dill, salt and pepper.
*Add the cooled onions and chill the dip until ready to serve.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Strawberry Protein Chia Pops

This simple dessert or snack recipe for Strawberry Protein Chia Pops is made from chia pudding and perfect for summer.

Sponsored Post: This post and giveaway is sponsored by Naked Nutrition. All opinions and text are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

I feel like a broken record talking about the weather this week but it is HOT. The temperature rose to 89 degrees yesterday which equaled 79 degrees inside our house. I wasn't expecting to turn on the air conditioning in mid-May but here we are. In typical Midwest fashion, it's supposed to be back in the 50s by Friday. Until then, it's a good thing I have icy popsicles to snack on that happen to be healthy and made from chia pudding!

Naked Nutrition reached out to me recently about trying their protein powder and hosting a giveaway. Naked's protein powder includes pure ingredients and no artificial sweeteners or colors. Naked sent me a 5 pound {!!} container of their Naked Whey Grass-Fed Whey Protein Powder to give away to one lucky winner - scroll to the end of this post to enter.

I also tried one of the Naked Nutrition sample packs - mine included strawberry, chocolate and vanilla flavored powders.

I used strawberry protein powder for this recipe for Strawberry Protein Chia Pops. This is a two step process - first you need to make a large batch of chia pudding and let it chill for at least 4 hours. Second, you need to freeze the pudding in popsicle molds for at least 8 hours. I chilled my pudding during the workday and froze my popsicles overnight.

These popsicles turned out perfect with a nice strawberry flavor! I used a combination of light coconut milk and almond milk, but any milk product will work.

I'm looking forward to trying more popsicle ideas this summer.

Strawberry Protein Chia Pops
Yields: 6 popicles

1 scoop Naked Strawberry Protein Powder
10-12 strawberries
1 can light coconut milk
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
10 Tablespoons chia seeds

*Add protein powder, strawberries, coconut milk, almond milk, and maple syrup to a food processor. Process until the ingredients are combined {I used the pulse function for 1 minute}.
*Add 12 Tablespoons chia seeds to the pureed mixture and whisk until combined.
*Chill in a covered container for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
*Add pudding mixture to pudding pops. Freeze for at least 8 hours.
*Follow package instructions to remove pops from the popsicle mold {I ran each frozen popsicle under hot water for ~20 seconds to remove the plastic mold}.

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