Snow White Dip with Winter Crudités

Lite snow white dip and  colder weather veggies are the perfect way to encourage healthy during the holidays and still  spread holiday cheer.
The Recipe Redux  is once again playing their favorite game: Grab a Book and Cook! Members are challenged to pick a beloved cookbook, and turn to any page with combination of the numbers of the out going  year, 2016. Last time we played this game, I picked the trendy book, Plenty. But to today, I’m throwing it back to the eighties with the Frog Commissary Cookbook. Originally published in 1985, this cookbook was way ahead of its’ time, featuring a  multiethnic blend of foods and ingredients including many vegetarian recipes. Thumbing to  page 16 of the book, I found A Few Thoughts on Crudités. Taking my cue from their tips  including let the season be your guide and don’t overlook the the sophistication of an all green-and-white presentation With this inspiration, I’m sharing a lite snow white dip accompanied by winter crudité. If you have visions of sugar plums dancing in you head, now you can also have visions of fennel, broccoli, and cremini mushrooms, oh my!    I figured you were probably busy this week so  I kept this festive appetizer/snack easy to make; you can prepare in only 10 minutes.  ENJOY! Don’t forget to visit the links at the bottom of this post to see what my colleauges are smitten with.

What festive but healthy foods are you preparing this week?

Snow White Dip with Winter Crudités (8 -12 appetizer servings)

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients

    for the dip

    • 1 cup low fat mayonnaise
    • 1/2 cup lite sour cream
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon fresh parsely, chopped
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground course garlic sea salt
    • fennel fronds
    • pomegranate seeds

    for the crudite

    • 1 fennel bulb
    • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms
    • 1 head of broccoli

    Instructions

    for the dip

    Combine all ingredients in a small serving bowl. Stir. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Just before serving garnish with fennel fronds and pomegranate seeds.

    for the veggies

    1. Break broccoli into flowerets. Fill the bottom of a sauce pan with one inch of water. Bring to a boil. Blanch broccoli by adding to pan of boiling water  for 30 seconds. Transfer vegetables to ice water. Allow to cool and drain.

    2. Wipe mushrooms with a damp cloth to clean.

    3. Cut fennel bulb into strips.

    4. Arrange vegetables on a platter and serve with dip.

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    Cranberry Nut Quick Bread

    Cranberry Nut Quick Bread is a festive addition to any holiday table.Cranberry Nut Quick BreadHave you ever baked something for the very first time, then asked yourself, what have you been waiting for?  My sentiments after baking my inaugural loaf of  cranberry nut quick bread. My family must have felt the same; they polished off this loaf in less than one day!Cranberry Nut Quick BreadNow, 2 days before Christmas, they’re asking for another. Truth is, it’s so easy to make, anyone can pull it off at the last minute.

    The original recipe was on page 54 (yes a carry over from my December Recipe Redux challenge) of the Philadelphia Orchestra Cookbook. Inspired by the Cranberry Marketing  Committee ingredient suggestions for Friendsgiving, I substituted in a small portion of oat flour for some of the all-purpose flour,  pistachios for the walnuts and added ginger (a relative of tumeric). The bread makes a nice last minute gift,  a festive addition to Christmas Eve dinner, or Christmas dessert buffet. Oh, and it is sooo  Santa Claus worthy!!!Cranberry Nut Quick Bread

    Cranberry Nut Quick Bread

    makes one loaf

    by Diane Boyd

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cup flour
    • 1/2 cup oatflour
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 Tablespoon fresh minced ginger root
    • 3/4 cup orange juice
    • 1egg
    • 2 tablespoons canola oil
    • 1 cup pistachios, roughly chopped
    • 1 cup fresh whole cranberries

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

    2. Grease and flour a 9″x5″x3″ loaf pan or a 30cm breadmould.

    3. Sift dry ingredients, from flour through ginger, together in a large mixing bowl.

    4. In a small bowl whisk egg and add orange juice and oil. Stir to combine.

    5. Add orange juice mixture to dry ingredients and stir to combine.

    6. Fold in pistachios and cranberries.

    7. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for 40-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted into bread comes out clean.

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