Any of these quick dips would be great on their own. However, put them together and you have something that is way more than the sum of its parts. Lentils are a fabulous source of vegan protein. Just 1 cup (250 mL) of cooked lentils has a whopping 18 g of protein. So get ready, set, dip!
Try the refried lentils as a protein-rich filling for tacos, quesadillas, or burritos.
Start by making Refried Lentils. In medium frying pan over medium heat, warm oil. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened and translucent, about 8 minutes. Stir in garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in lentils and water. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes. Transfer to blender or food processor and combine until smooth. Place in bowl and set aside.
For Cheeze Sauce, place all ingredients in blender and combine until smooth. Sauce should be thick, yet pourable. If desired, thin sauce with a little extra water. Transfer to bowl and set aside.
For Guacamole, combine avocado, lime juice, salt, and hemp hearts together in clean blender until smooth. Transfer to bowl and stir in cilantro. Set aside.
For Chunky Pico de Gallo, in bowl, stir together tomatoes, onion, chili, lime juice, cilantro, and salt until combined. Set aside to marinate for 10 minutes.
To assemble dip, spread Refried Lentils in a layer over bottom of large bowl or casserole dish. Top with a layer of Cheeze Sauce, then Guacamole and Pico de Gallo. Scatter green onion and black olives overtop. Serve immediately with your favourite baked tortilla chips or vegetables. Dip may be made up to 1 day ahead, covered, and stored in refrigerator.
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This Mexican-Mediterranean hybrid dish gleans its tempered kick from parched ancho chilies, the dried form of poblano peppers known for their smoky quality and sweet to moderate heat. It’s a fantastic saucy, and comforting, appetizer or meal on its own. Serve with crusty bread to sop up every last bit of the red sauce, or spoon over cooked grain. Chili choices Experiment with different dried Mexican chili peppers in your dishes. Instead of ancho, other options, each with different heat levels and flavour nuances, include pasilla, guajillo, or morita. Look for them in Latin markets and some supermarkets. For leftover lovers Because the flavours in this dish only deepen with resting time, it’s a definite candidate for serving as leftovers; simply reheat in the oven or microwave. Cheezy choices If possible, compare labels and look for lower-sodium feta options. A ball of fresh mozzarella or bocconcini are great alternatives, or try a block of medium-firm tofu and substitute agave syrup in place of the honey for a vegan-friendly dish.
A good option for both backyard barbecues and healthy snacking, this creamy dip benefits from a little spicy crunch, courtesy of quick-pickled peppers. If you want your dip to have a smoky edge, blend in a chipotle-flavoured salsa. Or forgo the salsa and, instead, blend in a couple tablespoons of tomato paste and a single canned chipotle chili pepper. Extras of the pickled peppers are an exciting topping for burgers, sandwiches, and tacos. TIP : When using prepared chili pepper products such as bottled salsas, examine the ingredient list for items you really don’t want or need, namely sugar and high amounts of sodium.
Treat yourself to a steak dinner, using tofu instead of meat. The tangy chili-spiked marinade does double-duty as a finishing sauce and transforms otherwise bland tofu into a dish that’ll sound your taste buds’ fire alarm. Bird’s eye pepper would be a good substitute for habanero if needed. Dousing the fire If you find yourself with a mouth on fire after taking a bite of a chili-infused dish, don’t try to douse it with water. Instead, reach for a glass of milk. The protein casein in dairy is known to help subdue the flame. Water won’t help nearly as much.
Ice cream cakes and/or cookies are everyone’s favourite. And here’s a great option for a delicious “Dad’s” cookie cake that’s gluten free! A simple-to-make cookie cake that’s made even easier when the dough is tossed together in a food processor. End a delicious Dad’s Day meal with this deliciously cool and creamy sweet dessert. Best beer? Extra yum when served with small glasses of chocolate-flavoured stout or porter. When Dad loves his cookies We made this delicious dessert into a cake, but it can easily be made into individual ice cream cookies. Roll out dough into 1/4 in (6 mm) thickness and cut into 2 in (5 cm) rounds. Bake, cool, and chill. Once chilled, spoon ice cream in between chilled cookies. Freeze until firm. Drizzle with melted chocolate or dip into melted chocolate.