Sunday, September 2, 2012

Take A Dip

Dill Dip is going on the road

   As the summer winds down, it is time to start thinking about school lunches. I am not a big fan of cold cuts.   I prefer the cost and nutrition of natural peanut butter.  My children love my dill dip and vegetables.  It is a great appetizer for guests and parties.  Now it is going to make it's way into the school lunch box.  The children can choose their favorite vegetable and have a cup of dip to go with it.  The little Gladware containers are inexpensive and make it easier for me to send items without wasteful packing.

    Dipping is a fun way to eat your vegetables. It is also a great way to get a little dairy into the diet.  Plain yogurt is a staple at our house.  With no sweetener it can be used on baked potatoes, in cream sauces or in fruit smoothies.  This recipe is one I made up so I will try to be accurate.  What is your favorite healthy item to pack for lunch?

Dill Dip

1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup Vegenaise (or Olive Oil mayonnaise)
1/2 capfull dried dill (approx one teaspoon)
1 clove garlic, pressed

Stir everything up and chill.  It tastes great the next day and can be thinned for a creamy salad dressing.  Serve with your favorite chopped, raw vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, carrots and celery.


  1. My favorite healthy item to pack for lunch is soup. The boys seem to prefer it to sandwiches, so we do it a lot.

    The dip sounds great!

  2. Great recipe and I grow that dill. Thanks, Micky. I bet the kids love to take their lunches "out of the box".

    I am retired teacher and substitute teach in middle school and high school and I bring my own lunches. I often pack hummus with veggies (for three Weight Watcher points).

    Then I also make up yogurt cups for lunch, recycling Starbucks yogurt cups with the lid kept together with tape. I start with frozen blueberries (sometimes strawberries) and add maybe 1/2 cup lowfat Greek yogurt. The top is added with 1 T. of crunchies such as Kashi cereal. When ready to eat, the crunch gets poured in and stirred in. This is also 3 WW points.

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  4. Great idea, Micky! I'm going to try that recipe, ~Amy

  5. Barb-What do you recommend for a soup container? I love making soup. It is great for the budget and not wasting bits of leftovers. Carol-How lucky you are to have your own dill! I buy dried. Fresh must be delicious! I love hummus, whether my own recipe or store bought. Amy- I got the idea from the "Tastefully Simple" spices. This is so easy I don't need to have a special type on hand. It is great with minced onion for onion dip too!

  6. Mickey - I have two hot soup containers that I bought a few years ago at Walmart. One is Spiderman and the other is Crayola. I think the brand on Spidey is Thermos, but not sure about the Crayola.

  7. Micky,
    How are the lunches going?

    I remember as a kid looking at another girl's lunch and thinking it was perfect. She had a tuna sandwich, a banana and a chocolate chip cookie. It's it strange how years later I remember this!

    Kids are so occupied with what other kids have. When I substitute teach now the "popular" girls have Vera Bradley lunch boxes and backbacks and do not dare eat free cafeteria food.

  8. Barb, I have a "hot lunch" container but I haven't been brave enough to send soup in it. It may be time to invest in the Thermos style ones. Carol the lunches are going well. I have a few new ideas. I am trying not to send "junk food" snacks. Vera Bradley, oh my! I had a Snoopy lunchbox and that was the height of coolness!