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Vegan Queso Dip

Queso Dip

This cheesy dip contains no cheese, and no dairy at all !  A few simple ingredients, along with your favorite salsa and you have a dip that is ready for your favorite tortilla chips or whatever you choose to dunk.  It is whipped up in minutes and can be kept in a sealed jar in the fridge to be warmed later when you are ready to serve.

The “cheesiness” in this dip comes in part from nutritional yeast (not to be confused with yeast used for baking or brewing).  It can typically be found in most bulk food stores or health food sections of your grocery store and is great to keep on hand for other recipes (like my seitan black pudding!)

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Tropical Fruit Dip

Tropical Fruit Dip

Here is another recipe that I came up with for the So Delicious and Go Dairy Free Snackable Recipe Contest.  A simple yogurt dip for snacking, filled with tropical fruits.  It can be whipped up in a matter of minutes, ready for your favorite coconut or banana cookies, or even more fruit.

This version is dairy free, starting with vanilla cultured coconut milk.  You can, of course, try any other yogurt variety, but I thought this worked well with the tropical theme.

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Caribbean Hummus

Caribbean Humus

This week I have been working on a few recipes for the So Delicious and Go Dairy Free Snackable Recipe Contest.  Anyone visiting my blog knows I am not completely dairy free, but I do incorporate non-dairy products into my diet and also like to have alternative recipes for people who visit my home who are dairy free.  This contest was a great new way to challenge myself to come up with some new snack recipes !

Hummus, while dairy free in its original form, is a great base for many flavors.  I wanted to use coconut milk as a substitute for some of the tahini in my recipe, and thought that pairing it with some Jamaican spice would work well.  I was very pleased with the results!

This is a fairly large batch hummus recipe, so you can halve or adjust it as you wish.  Start with canned beans, or as I did, cook from dry.

On to the recipe!

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Smoky Apple Cheese Dip

IMG_0899_zpsd28538ddThis autumn inspired dip is perfect for a entertaining a small crowd on chilly evenings, or if you choose a smaller serving, the rest can be frozen for rewarming whenever you like. The dip should be served warm to hot, and works well in a fondue pot as well.  Serve it up with cheese-dip vehicles such as bread chunks, broccoli spears, crackers or chips, or even roasted potatoes.

I used some regional favorites in this dip, with Bulwark Cider, an apple from Belliveau Orchards and gouda from Dutchman’s Farm.  The resulting dip was boozy, semi-sweet, smoky, cheesy awesomeness if I say so myself!

I make this one in the microwave, but you can also do it up stovetop.  It will make around 3 cups.  Read the rest of this entry

Tex Mex Shrimp Dip

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Apologies for the hiatus!  In cooking related news, I have been super busy baking cheesecakes this past couple of weeks for the Kraft Philadelphia Cheesecake of the year contest.  Check out my resulting cakes, and the recipe links, on my facebook page. Most of this dip was destined for the freezer, in anticipation of company coming next week.  I made this version with shrimp, but if you wish to make it vegetarian, you could always swap in some black beans or just go with the veggies. TexMexShrimpDip2_zpsd1995c46 Read the rest of this entry

Maple Caramelized Onion Dip

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Happy  hump day!

Another hot dip inspired by thoughts of Spring….I say thoughts, as there’s sure been no sign of it around these parts.  Snow and ice and freezing rain and…ugh, enough!  I love that we have seasons and can have a distant appreciation for winter, but someone must have forgot to flip the switch this year.

But, this time of year does bring maple syrup, maple candy, maple butter, all good stuff!  And so I decided to use some of that flavor in a savoury, rather than sweet dish this year (although there’s likely some of those to come too).

This dip can be made ahead of time and popped into the oven before ready to serve.  Something to enjoy on the last of the chilly evenings, maybe even after a long walk in the sugar woods!  Read the rest of this entry

Primavera Dip

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This is a dip I whipped up on the weekend and froze a large portion of for later.  I wanted something that used a mix of spring vegetables in a creamy dip with an Italian flavor.  This would be great for any occasion, but perfect to make ahead to welcome guests for Easter dinner while you are finishing things up in the kitchen. Read the rest of this entry