tomato basil cheese dip/log {S}

tomato basil cheese dip/log {S}

This flavor combo was quite a hit at a recent baby-shower I attended, so I thought I’d share it! [even though I have no photos ] What I used: 1- 8 oz package of cream cheese-softened at room temp 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt 1 Tbsp chopped sun-dried tomatoes {they are like tomato raisins. } 2 Tbsp dried Basil 4 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese 1/2 tsp glucomannan {completely optional, but does firm up the consistency} 2 tsp good kosher or sea salt 1 tsp pepper 2 tsp powdered garlic 2 tsp powdered onion Directions Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a beater for 3-4 minutes or until fully incorporated. Chill. Form a ball or log and cover with chopped  nuts or seeds {we have a nut allergy so I used sunflower seeds} or keep in a bowl to serve as a dip. Serve with your favorite crackers, but to keep this [S], serve with {THM} flax or other seed...

my “faux-tato” salad {S or FP}

We have tried several version of fake potato foods made with cauliflower… No one really likes them. So when I read about using radishes, I thought–well, I’ll give it a shot! I was NOT disappointed. We basically love potato salad as a family…. and with family coming over to watch the college football game today {AL vs Texas A&M}, I wanted something mostly normal to eat next to some grilled steak! This was YUM!! –please forgive the blurry photo. My phone camera is pathetic, and I was too lazy to get out the real camera. HA My Faux-tato Salad [S or FP]: ingredients: 1 lb red radishes, ends sliced off, and cut into half-rounds 2 stalks of celery, diced 1 dill pickle, diced 2 small orange bell peppers, diced 2 Tbsp mayo [take down to 1 Tbsp or omit altogether for an FP side] 1 Tbsp yellow mustard 1/4 cup 0% greek yogurt 2 tsp ACV {apple cider vinegar} dash of dill, salt/pepper to taste instructions: 1. boil radishes in salted water until completely tender, pink from the skin will be mostly faded; drain 2. mix mayo, mustard, vinegar and yogurt with the dill and S/P {this is the dressing} 3. mix all the veggies into the dressing 4. chill & serve! As with real potato salad, this is better the next day… but is not too bad after just an hour of chilling. And as always… make this recipe fit YOUR family!! Use whatever you normally put in your potato salad and just sub out the potato with some boiled radishes and see how you like...