Simple Super Healthy Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Dip

 
I love dips, they’re just perfect for nibbles whilst you’re thoroughly engrossed in a weekend movie & a must if you’re entertaining company. This one is simple & tasty with a wide variety of choices you can prepare to use for dipping. There’s a beautiful depth of flavour that comes from roasting peppers & a lovely undertone of roasted garlic & shallots will have you going back for more & more of this gorgeous dip but that’s ok because it serves 4 & is a big fat zero pro points per serving & just 2pp for the whole bowl. A healthy & guilt free weekend treat!   
4 Large Red Bell Peppers

1 or 2 Cloves of Garlic

2 Shallots

100g Quark

Salt & Black Pepper 

A Selection of Raw Veggies

Crackers/Naan/Pitta Breads/Tortilla Chips for dipping (you will need to add points for your chosen quantity of these).  

Preheat your oven to 250c. Wash & dry the peppers. Peel the outer skin from the shallots. Leave the garlic cloves in their skin. Line a baking tray with tinfoil & lay the whole peppers, shallots & garlic (in the skins) on top. Bake for approximately 30 minutes until the peppers are starting to char black in places & the skin goes wrinkly. Remove the baking tray from the oven, cover the whole lot with tinfoil & leave to cool. Remove the stalks from the peppers & deseed. Peel the peppers & place in a food processor with the shallots and some of the juice that the peppers have released. Cut the end off the garlic & squeeze the softened garlic out into the food processor. Add the quark & season with salt & pepper. Blitz until smooth & place in a bowl. Chill for a couple of hours before serving. Serve with your choice of raw crudités (carrots, cucumber & peppers are good choices) or Crackers/Naan/Pitta Breads/Tortilla Chips for dipping (you will need to point your chosen quantity of these). This will last 3/4 days in an airtight container in the fridge. It’s very versatile you can use it to serve with chicken or fish as well as a dip. Enjoy! 

Delicious Fresh Baba Ganoush with Toasted Paprika Spiced Pitta Pieces

This is a Middle Eastern Aubergine (Eggplant) Dip often referred to as poor mans caviar & as Aubergines are on special at 29c each in Aldi this week I could hardly resist making this old favourite of mine! Perfect for entertaining friends with a few drinks & nibbles. This entire bowl is just 5pp & would serve at least 6 people you can add toasted pittas cut into pieces for an extra 3pp for a full pitta per person. Approximately 4pp for a full serving with a pitta or 1pp with Veg Crudités bargain & super easy to whip up to boot! Here’s the skinny:

 
For the Baba Ganoush:

2 Large Aubergines 

1 Lemon juice only

2 Garlic Cloves Crushed

2 Tbsps Tahini

1/2 Tsp Ground Cumin 

Salt & Black Pepper 

Fresh Parsley 

For the Pitta Pieces:

WW Pitta Breads

Sprinkle of Paprika 

Prick the Aubergines all over with a fork & cut in half lengthwise. Place on a baking tray lined with tinfoil, cut side down & sprayed with sprayoil. Place in a preheated oven at 200c for about 40 to 45 minutes until fully cooked. Remove from oven & allow to cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Scoop all the delicious innards of the Aubergines into a bowl & mash well, blitz with a hand blender gently if you prefer smoother dip. Mix all the remaining Baba Ganoush ingredients (except the parsley) into the Aubergine & mix well. Allow to cool to room temperature & place in a bowl garnished with the Parsley & a sprinklyof Paprika. Serve with the toasted pittas cut into pieces & sprinkled with some Paprika & Enjoy! 

Creamy Fresh Guacamole with Smoked Paprika Tortilla Chips

  

This fresh zingy guacamole is a perfect dip to serve if entertaining friends with some gorgeous crunchy smoked paprika tortilla chips for dipping. Serves 4 at 4pp each & 3pp for a serving of chips, chips are free if you’re following F&H! 

2 Ripe Avocados 

1 Lime Juiced

1/2 Red Onion Finely Diced

1 Clove Garlic Minced

1/4 Tsp Ground Cumin

Salt

1/2 Red Chilli Finely Diced

Handful of Fresh Coriander

12 Cherry Tomatoes Quartered

1 WW Wrap per Person 

Smoked Paprika

  

Spray a baking tray with oil. Sprinkle Weight Watchers Wraps lightly with some water & sprinkle with Paprika. Cut into chip shapes & lay in a single layer on baking sheet. Cook in a preheated oven fan 150c for about 12 mins or until crisped but not too brown. Remove & allow to cool. Peel & chop avocados & place in a bowl, squeeze lime juice over immediately to prevent avocado browning & mash into a smooth paste with a fork. Add minced garlic, a small sprinkle of salt & cumin & stir in. Gently fold in red onion, chilli, tomatoes & fresh coriander. Cover & refrigerate for at least an hour to let flavours marry but this is best fresh so don’t make it too far in advance. A good tip for stopping avocados browning once cut is to save the stone & place it back in the avocado half you haven’t used or place the stone on top of the guacamole until ready to serve then remove, avocado turns brown very quickly once cut & the air hits it but this slows down the process as does adding acidic fruit such as the lime juice or lemon juice. Enjoy!