Written by guest blogger Abigail Murrish
As I’ve learned to listen to my hunger cues over the past year, I’ve realized something important: I need snacks. After some trial and error, I’ve learned that veggies and crackers enjoyed with a homemade dip are a winning combination for a satisfying, nourishing snack.
I love the freshness of sliced up veggies, the starchy, crispy goodness of crackers and the fat and flavor that comes with a homemade dip. This snack combination is also budget-savvy, easy to transport, doesn’t require utensils, and doesn’t need refrigeration (depending on your dip choice).
And one batch of dip can last several days in the fridge and provide delicious snacks for days, which is what Workweek Lunch is all about.
As I watch my schedule fill up this fall, I realize that easy snacks will be non-negotiable. I’m looking for some easy homemade dip recipes to add to my rotation. Here are few that I plan to make!
White Bean Hummus – Simple Veganista
Traditional hummus is one of my favorite dips, but I also love the texture that comes with pureed white beans. This hummus is simple, creamy and will last in the fridge for a week.
Dilly Vegetable Dip – Budget Bytes
Ranch dressing and veggies are a timeless pairing for a reason… they’re delicious together! This simplified ranch dip is a refreshing, easy take on a classic. Don’t have sour cream? Plain Greek yogurt and a little bit of mayonnaise would be a great substitute.
Roasted Red Pepper Pesto – Bev Cooks
After my daughter was born, my mom brought me a few tubs of her homemade red pepper pesto and it was the perfect mid-afternoon snack. This recipe is very similar to hers; just serve it with veggies or crackers instead of pasta! Use jarred roasted red peppers instead of roasting them at home for a time-saving substitution.
Spinach Dip – The Food Network
The best news about this dip is that it only gets better the longer it’s in the fridge (within reason, of course)! I love this dip because I usually always have everything on hand to make it.
5 Minute Magic Green Sauce – Pinch Of Yum
Flavorful herbs? Avocado? Pistachios? Yes and please. This sauce truly sounds magical and I can’t wait to incorporate it into my snacking routine.
Homemade dips are great for using up leftovers.
In addition to snazzing up veggies and crackers, dips are a great way to pull together the mishmash of leftovers that I usually find in my fridge at the end of the week. Throw some leftover rice, roasted veggies and cooked protein into bowl, then drizzle a little sauce over it and you suddenly have a delicious meal.
I’ve learned that snacks are an important way to honor my hunger, especially on long days filled with work, meetings, and caring for my friends and family. Prepping some delicious homemade dips at the beginning of the week is an easy way to add variety to cut veggies.
Looking for more snack ideas? Check out this WWL post with dozens of snack ideas and tips!
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