Easy, Easier, and Easiest! Dips 3 Ways with Stonyfield and Simply Organic

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield as part of my participation in the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club.

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There has been bunches of dip talk in my life the past several weeks.  First with the holidays, swapping recipes with co-workers and internet pals as we all plan our respective gatherings. Then the discussion continued with two different friends chatting menu planning for toddler birthday parties.  I’ve said it before and I don’t expect I’ll change my opinion anytime soon: I’m a flavor loving snack lover who loves to get my dip on!

My favorite party plan includes a collection of dips, spreads, and sauces with a variety of dipping agent freggies and carbs.  Add a meat and cheese board a la Jessica’s How I Make a Killer Cheese Plate. [Plus 3 Mini Cheeseballs!!!] or Andie’s How to Make a Cheese Plate, and I’ll be the happiest hostess in the world.

The key for me is stacking my party menus with foods I rarely get sick of, since several days following any party means eating leftovers at every meal. [Which stands as further proof I am my mother’s daughter.]

It may be my general Midwesterness that makes me such a dip lover, and maybe my start-all-things-but-finish-half Taurus self that loves a snack plate with just two bites of ALL THE OPTIONS.  It’s no surprise that my NYE game night menu included a collection of dips and dippers to share even though the guest list was simply a couple of friends who joined us for a double date night-in at THS HQ.

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Today I’m sharing a choose your own level of ease adventure of three dip recipes featuring Stonyfield’s new Double Cream Plain Yogurt [which is perfect for use in the kitchen! I’m using it anywhere I would normally add sour cream!] and this month’s partner, Simply Organic. Choose from the easy, easier or easiest recipe trio or take a nod from my NYE menu and combine 2 or 3 recipes below for a dipping spread to share.

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An Easy Recipe: Fiesta Taco Dip

This dip is an inspired warm-up version of one of my favorite Midwestern specialties: cold taco dip! [another favorite for parties of any kind! Check out a healthified recipe from my cousin Amy here: Shugary Sweets’ Healthy Taco Dip

The recipe below is easily customizable to what your preferences and lifestyle; swap well drained canned tomatoes for fresh, black beans for beef, or add extra veggies like diced peppers and squash.

Ingredients

  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 T + 1 t Simply Organic Adobo Seasoning
  • 1 t Simply Organic Cumin
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 c Stonyfield Double Cream Yogurt
  • 3/4  Shredded Cheese of choice, divided
  • 1 c diced tomato
  • 3/4 c corn kernels
  • 1/2 c black olive slices

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add diced onion and cook 3 minutes.
  • Add ground beef and seasonings, stirring to combine. Cook until no longer pink, stirring every couple of minutes.
  • Drain fat from meat and onion mixture and set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, double cream yogurt, 1 teaspoon Adobo seasoning and 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese.
  • Add beef mixture, tomatoes, and corn kernels to the bowl and fold together.
  • Pour into baking dish and smooth evenly with spatcula.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheese over top.
  • Bake for 15 minutes on lower rack.
  • Turn broiler to low. Move dish to top rack and cook 2-4 minutes. Keep a close eye and remove when nicely browned to your liking.

serve with your favorite dippers such as: tortilla chips, celery and carrot sticks, colored pepper strips, pretzel sticks or chips, bread cubes, and crackers

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An Easier Recipe: Layered Greek Dip

This recipe takes me back to family vacations on the hunt for the best Greek food we could find. [Tarpon Springs, Florida – I’m looking at you!]  The ingredients in this dip are those of a classic Greek salad, which makes eating it on a bed of greens and a side of pita chips for lunch completely acceptable. DIP FOR EVERY MEAL!

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Instructions

  • Stir double cream yogurt and seasoning mix together until well combine. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • In a glass dish, layer hummus, followed by yogurt dip.
  • Sprinkle a layer of olives, followed by tomatoes, followed by cucumbers.
  • Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.
  • Top with feta crumbles, and finally minced chives.

serve with: your favorite dippers such as: pita bread or chips, sea salt crackers, cucumber slices and carrot sticks

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The Easiest Recipe: Pairing Stonyfield’s New Double Cream Plain Yogurt with Simply Organic Onion and Chive Dip Mix

This 2-ingredient quick dip also makes a great base for other recipes, such as the Layered Greek Dip above!  You can add to this recipe by adding minced chives on top before serving or mixing in an onion worth of caramelized slices. [I always use the method in this Caramelized Onion Mashed Potato recipe from Daily Garnish. ]

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Instructions

  • Combine ingredients.
  • Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

serve with: your favorite dippers such as: pita bread or chips, sea salt crackers, cucumber slices and carrot sticks

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This Week I Will 31

A weekly post of healthy-intention goals for the sake of accountability; [inspired long ago by Jess and her #sayitdoit style]

A review of last week’s goals:

Continue #30DaysofYoga. I have yet to miss a day of practice during this 30 day challenge, and challenging it has been. Every time I start to struggle right up to the line of wanting to call it quits, Adriene says exactly what I need to hear to keep me on the hunt to find what feels good. I can’t recommend her youtube yoga channel enough.

Make room for creativity. In very practical ways, yes. I allowed myself to get distracted by the face of the fridge and spent 20 minutes de-cluttering and reorganizing the magnets. I spent A LOT of time creating kitchen content for clients, THS, and HLB this weekend. I also brought markers and sketchbook to my relaxing zone one night and coloring books another, yet both evenings managed to get on my laptop and work on social media pitches. Creativity used? Totally. But probably not what I was thinking when I set the goal last week.

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Add some cardio to my life. One mid-day mile long lunch walk + one long weekend interval walk + one short evening dance workout = success!!

Drink MORE water. I rocked this goal Monday through Friday and was within reach over the weekend. I started drinking out of a wide mouthed Ball quart jar while at my desk at work. Seeing the measurements on the side of the jar is totally motivating me to drink more throughout the day, I’m sure of it.

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This Week I Will

Do #30DaysofYoga PLUS.  I’ve been very successfully managing my daily yoga practice along with a daily short strength program [currently working through this Butts & Guts challenge] for a while now.  Adding a dose of cardio goals last week worked well for me. This week I’d like to focus on adding SOMETHING more every day. It could be an additional yoga video or self-guided flow to work on poses I may struggle transitioning into, a cardio session on the step machine, or another favorite at-home workout video or internet tutorial. I’m loving this active lifestyle and I want to celebrate that by making it a priority this week!

Continue my healthy intentions. The past several mornings I’ve gotten onto Marco Polo to send a quick video stating my healthy intentions for the day. Some are repetitive [yoga…water…] and others appear to my mind due to circumstance, such as a focus on calmness on a morning I’m feeling especially anxious. Exploring my thoughts, struggles and desires each day and stating my plan out loud has been an extremely encouraging habit to adopt as I work to make healthy choices each day.

Read my Daily Pep Talk. One of my healthy intentions on Thursday, after an especially hard few days at the office, was to write a daily pep talk for myself. I wanted words I could read either silently to myself or out loud every morning before work. Words to guide me and remind me of lessons I’ve already learned, but that anxieties and insecurities try to block out of my memory on the regular. It’s short and simple and I want to test it out for two straight weeks, even if it feels silly from time to time.

Make progress on #THSTheJesusYears. Have I mentioned I’m transcribing my journals from the “Jesus” years of my life? [2003 to 2009.] I set a goal to complete that transcription project in 2017 and that means making progress each month.  I’ve got a jump start in early January, and I want to add at least a few more months of transcription to the document by next Sunday. I’ve been sharing a tiny bit mid-transcriptions on Twitter as I work; you can see that oddness here: #THSTheJesusYears

What healthy intentions are you setting for the week?  Tell me about them on twitter and show me the proof on Instagram by using the #Make1HealthyDecision hashtag!