What is a better party snack: oily and super salty potato chips or fresh veggies with a flavorful dip? What is better for breakfast or quick afternoon snack: a sugary donut or a wholegrain bread with creamy spread? In both cases for obvious health reasons I opt for the second option. You too? Great! Then let me share with you this fresh and spicy veggie dip or creamy breakfast spread recipe.
Best soya yoghurt for Fresh and spicy veggie dip
As a vegan and a person who doesn’t live anymore in Latvia I sometimes miss the flavor of sour cream. As a vegan to find flavor and texture-wise the closest possible product to sour cream can be very difficult. But I have found natural soya yoghurt that has the perfect amount of sourness necessary for this recipe. It’s a vegan natural soya yoghurt with bifidobacteria, which, by the way, are very good for your digestive system. In any case I suggest you first to test the soya yoghurt that you have found in your local shop. Just to be sure that it has neutral or sour flavor. Probably if you find natural soya yoghurt with bifidobacteria, it is sour enough for this recipe. But of course – better taste it before adding it directly to other ingredients!
Of course, I will not hide the fact that soya yoghurt goes into the category of processed foods. In general you should limit them or avoid completely. On a daily basis at home we pay big attention to eat as few processed foods as possible. But sometimes we make an exception when the need of a flavor and/or texture is too specific. I have not tried, but if you are completely against soya yoghurt, try to substitute it with something homemade. For example, try soaked and blended cashews mixed with lemon juice and some unsweetened plant milk.
Dill – an underestimated herb
Another food product that is very typical for many Latvian dishes is dill. I would say that for me dill is hands down my favorite herb. So, if you live in a place where this delicious herb is available and cheap, you are very lucky. Dill is great for salads, dips, soups, stews, sauces etc. and it is rich in vitamins A and C. Dill is also well known for its benefits on our digestive system. Thanks to the essential oils that dill contains it stimulates our digestion and helps you get rid of excess gas. For this veggie dip or creamy breakfast spread I use small amount of dill, but you can always increase it. By adding some fresh dill to your food, you will never go wrong!
What you didn’t know about poppy seeds
Also seeds are a great fit for many different dishes. Besides that, it is well known that seeds have numerous health benefits. But for some reason poppy seeds are not taken into consideration often enough. In the best-case scenario, they are used in some sweet foods, like cakes, muffins, cookies etc. But actually, poppy seeds can be used also in salty foods. They are rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin B1. They contain dietary fiber and they can lower your “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and increase the “good” cholesterol (HDL). Probably the only imperfection of these seeds is that they can get stuck into your teeth! That’s why you should eat them together with your friends, so that you all get that stunning poppy seed smile. And this veggie dip is the perfect reason to invite your friends over for a movie and some healthy snacks!
Besides that, if you have friends that have bunnies, don’t forget to invite them too, because for sure all the bunnies will appreciate the veggie snacks – just like my sweet Specky!
This veggie dip or creamy breakfast spread recipe is great for its versatile usage. Use it as a dip for vegetables or other snacks, or as a spread on bread, bagel, rice cake etc. Or you can even add it to rice or pasta. By the way, in case you prefer sweet breakfast, I have the perfect recipe for you. Take a look at this Exotic flaxseed pudding.
You can store this fresh and spicy veggie dip or creamy breakfast spread in fridge for up to 3 days. No matter how you will decide to enjoy this recipe the outcome will be:
full of minerals
easy to make
and simply yummy!
Let me know, if you try this recipe! Leave a comment or even more – make Specky happy! Snap a picture of your masterpiece and post it on Instagram or Facebook by tagging @bunnymommycooks. And feel free to let your animal family members join in the picture!