Easy Red Pepper Dip

This dip has is all: it's healthy, easy to make, allergy-friendly (it's dairy and gluten free) and it's sure you be a crowd-pleaser at your New Year's Eve bash.

The New Year is almost here and we're all excited about what 2013 will bring. But when it comes to that last string of holiday parties, do you know what food you are going to bring to the table? It has to complement your New Year’s resolution and be tasty enough to enjoy. Here’s your solution: savory red pepper dip made with your skinny jeans and taste buds in mind.

Not only does this power dip contain one of my favorite vegetables, red bell peppers, but it is also soaring with fiber and vitamins. In this recipe, cashews and chickpeas add a subtle crunch and boost of nutrients to your plate.

What some people believe makes a red pepper dip, or any other dip for that matter, taste delicious is added cheese or butter;  but there is no need for these empty calories. One of my healthy holiday secrets is to replace butter with healthier oils, and in this case, olive oil. Lean on your friend, the dutiful food processor, to whip these ingredients together and make a smooth dip you can serve as an appetizer with gluten-free crackers or as condiment for your main dish such as fish tacos, burritos or chicken. You'll quickly see how this simple recipe is one of the easiest health switches you can make.  Believe me, you'll want to whip up a batch of dip each week to store in your fridge and serve with breakfast eggs instead of ketchup, lunchtime sandwiches instead of mayonnaise and afternoon snacks such as crudités.

Feel good about the changes you are making in your every day diet and spread your knowledge to others. For this year's New Year’s Eve party, bring something different that will convince even the most hesitant party-goers to make health their New Year’s resolution. That way, there’s a higher chance someone else will bring a red pepper dip to your next gathering.

Smoked Paprika Red Pepper Dip
Serves 4
Ingredients
1/2 cup cashews, toasted
1 (16 oz.) jar roasted red peppers, drained
1 (15.5 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Gluten-free crackers and crudités, for serving
Directions

In a food processor; pulse until smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl.

Serve with gluten-free crackers and crudités.

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