It’s been hot this week in North Carolina – especially here in Wilmington. Hot and humid and we haven’t been able to hit the beach since Abby went home. It’s at this time of year that I just don’t want to cook, not even with my AH-MAZ-ING Instant Pot! It’s not that it’s going to heat up the kitchen … more like, Kay’s wanting to laze around in the sun and, after the sun goes down, putter around in the yard instead of the kitchen.
So I absolutely LOVE recipes that are easy and cooling for days like this. One of my favourite things to serve on a hot summer day is cold chicken (I buy rotisserie chickens from Whole Foods, they even have an organic option) with hunks of cheese (from Whole Foods’ cheese bin, where I can get an assortment very inexpensively), gluten free crackers or bread, and fruit.
I absolutely love the fruit dip that I concocted earlier this evening. I had a basic recipe but tweaked it (I tend to do that, you know). The ingredients are simple, and you may even have them on hand.
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Isn’t it awesome when you can serve your family something that’s delicious AND healthy AND easy? Epic win!
The recipe is so simple – combine 1/2 a block of softened cream cheese (or neufchatel) with several large dollops of Greek yogurt. If you like a thinner dip, you can either use regular yogurt OR a few teaspoons of milk or whipping cream.
Then add about 3 tablespoons of vanilla extract (so easy to make your own, one day I’ll post a recipe … but I don’t make my own, my amazing mom makes it for me!) and 5 drops of essential oil. If you like it sweet, you can add some organic honey or maple syrup – but please, try it first without added sweetener – you might be surprised!
It’s probably best to whip out the Kitchen Aid or a hand mixer, but to me that seemed like more work than just whisking it for a few minutes.
What oils to use? You could do this with any of the citrus oils. I’m partial to Lemon, but Wild Orange or Lime are also incredible. Want something different? Try 3 drops Peppermint and 1 drop Spearmint, or try 3 to 5 drops of either Cinnamon or Cassia. Serve with an assortment of fresh fruit. Top it off with a little granola. Or a lot of granola, and call it breakfast! Why not – high in calcium and protein and vitamins and all of that other good stuff.
Want to go a different direction? Try a drop of Cumin, Rosemary, or Thyme and dip crunchy veggies or chips. And I imagine Dill would be amazing when served with cucumbers!
Try it … let me know what you think!
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