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Kid-Friendly Veggie Dips

The other night I opened the fridge to get a snack out and saw all of my veggies cut up.  Plain raw veggies just wasn’t going to cut it, until I saw a bowl of dip I had whipped up earlier.  I realized that I am much more likely to eat raw fruits and veggies if I have some kind of delicious dip to go with it, and my kids are definitely the same way!  If I just put carrot sticks on a plate, they would probably munch on a couple, but if I put them around a bowl of yummy dip they usually finish them off!

Kid-Friendly Veggie Dips. These dips will make raw veggies in your house magically disappear!

There is the classic ranch dip that kids love (I just use plain Greek yogurt and a ranch seasoning packet), but I wanted to try a couple of different dips to mix things up.

 

Creamy Pesto Dip

Kid-Friendly Veggie Dips. These dips will make raw veggies in your house magically disappear!   Kid-Friendly Veggie Dips. These dips will make raw veggies in your house magically disappear!

For this dip all you do is combine cottage cheese with pesto in a high power blender until smooth.  Bam!  Delicious creamy dip with the savory flavor or pesto that is not overpowering.  If you use low-fat cottage cheese it is a great healthy dip for kids and adults alike.

Kid-Friendly Veggie Dips. These dips will make raw veggies in your house magically disappear!

Honey Mustard Hummus

I love mustard – a lot.  But I realize that most kids don’t really like mustard because it has an intense vinegar flavor.  I also realize that most kids like ketchup because it is sweet.  For this dip you combine the flavor of mustard with the sweetness from honey and the nutrition from beans.  Win-win-win.  I loved it on celery.

Kid-Friendly Veggie Dips. These dips will make raw veggies in your house magically disappear!

Combine all of your ingredients in a high power blender until very smooth.  I blended this one probably 3 times to make it really smooth and creamy.  It is pretty thick – it it seems too thick for you, add less beans.

Kid-Friendly Veggie Dips. These dips will make raw veggies in your house magically disappear!

One thing to know about dips is that they get better with age.  These were good when I made them, but the flavors and textures were even better the next day.  I like to have some kind of dip on hand, so that when we are wanting a snack we can pull out the veggies and dip anytime.  Dips are also great to send in lunches for your kids or adults who work.  I send my husband to work everyday with a veggie bag and hummus, but its nice to mix it up occasionally with a fun new dip!

Kid-Friendly Veggie Dips

Creamy Pesto Dip

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 Tbsp pesto
Combine ingredients in a high power blender until smooth and creamy. Serve chilled.  

Honey Mustard Hummus

  • 1-15oz can white cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Combine ingredients in a high power blender until smooth and creamy. Serve chilled.  
Yum

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11 Comments

I need to try that cottage cheese pesto dip ASAP! I’m trying to be a healthier snacker, but it’s really hard for me to just munch on raw veggies. Not my thing. I think I could go to town on a bag of carrots if I had that dip to dunk them in though 🙂

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I appreciate the ideas for healthier dips because they are a good way to slowly move kids away from sugary or fatty dips to healthier options. I was surprised about the honey mustard hummus, it had not occurred to me to add honey. I will give it a try. Hummus is great because you can introduce kids to other veggies such as artichokes, spinach, and Brussels sprouts, just to name a few. Thanks for the tip!

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Thank you for the creamy pesto dip idea – my daughters love it. Previously I had introduced them to both green and red pesto to entice them to snack on vegetables but the addition of the cottage cheese is a real winner.

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Yes, you can definitely use chickpeas. They have a slightly different texture when you blend them up. I feel like they are a little more dry, but still work well in this dip!

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