Baked Vegetable Dip and Visa Giveaway

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to gear up for holiday parties, get-togethers and for Christmas dinner. I am always looking for easy entertaining recipes, and this Baked Vegetable Dip is the perfect crowd pleaser. This recipe starts with frozen vegetables which simplifies the preparation process eliminating washing and chopping. Also, people tend to forget the frozen fruits and vegetables are just as healthy as fresh. They are picked at their peak season and flash frozen, preserving all of their vitamins and nutrients. This Baked Vegetable Dip recipe is economical, and it’s a delight served warm out of the oven.

In honor of the holidays and cheers to using frozen foods and Easy Home Meals, I have a great holiday Visa Giveaway.  I am giving away a $100 Visa gift card just in time for holiday shopping.

To enter, leave a comment telling me what is your favorite frozen food dish that you secretly pass off as homemade?  For more chances to win, do the following and leave a comment telling me you did. The winner will be chosen randomly on Monday, December 16th at 8 A.M. Good Luck! 🙂

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This post is sponsored by Easy Home Meals, but all opinions are my own.

5 Ingredient Appetizer: Fig and Walnut Chutney

In honor of the “Oscars” tonight, here’s a simple and quick appetizer recipe that is sure to please. With only 5 ingredients, This Fig and Walnut Chutney is awesome served with sliced apples, grapes, crackers and Gorgonzola cheese. In under 20 minutes, you will have a superstar appetizer that your guests (and/or family) will love. This recipe also works well with goat or feta cheese so feel free to substitute your favorite. Not only is this appetizer healthy, but it’s low in fat. It’s a great, quick appetizer recipe to serve for any holiday or entertaining occasion. Happy Oscars night everyone, and I hope your movies/actors win!

Holiday Upscale Appetizer: Uptown Fromage

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I made this appetizer for my dad’s 80th birthday dinner last week at my sister’s house. It’s really easy, beautiful and filled with wonderful flavors of sun-dried tomatoes, basil pesto, oregano and goat and cream cheese. I got it out of the book, “Recipes Worth Sharing” by Favorite Recipes Press. It’s a great cookbook and has wonderful recipes for family gatherings and occasions such as this. Here’s the picture from the party with my dad, his daughters and granddaughters (I’m the one in the yellow and blue shirt).

Easy Holiday Appetizer-Fresh Basil Dip

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Since now is the time for holiday parties galore, I thought I would answer a question I get so often this time of year: What type of easy appetizer can I bring or make for a holiday get-together? The options are endless, and I could write a book on this topic, but with all the heavy holiday foods, I like something light. This dip is fresh, healthy and refreshing made with fresh basil, lemon juice, lemon zest and garlic. Serve it with fresh vegetables for a pretty presentation, and you can feel great about digging in.


Fresh Basil Dip  

This dip is also great served alongside cooked salmon, shrimp or scallops.

Prep: 15 minutes

Yield about 1 1/2 cups 

Ingredients

1 clove garlic 

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 

1 cup fresh basil leaves

1 cup light mayonnaise 

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 

1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Fresh Vegetables, crackers

Preparation

1. In a blender or food processor, combine the garlic and next 7 ingredients: process until smooth. 

2. Transfer the sauce to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Serve with fresh vegetables and/or crackers.