Recipe // Creamy Pea Pesto Dip


I always get a little nervous when I branch out from sharing more than just my personal style with you on S&P, but I'm very excited to get back into the swing of posting healthy recipes here every once in a while.

For the sake of easing back in, I'm starting of with one of the simplest and tastiest little snacks that literally whips up in minutes and can be used as pasta sauce, salad dressing, marinade or a delicious party dip with the addition of some pita chips and a few chopped veggies.  High in both protein and fiber, this would make a great snack to refuel with after trying out one of my Get Fit workouts!

See below for the ingredients and steps, and let me know if you have any other fun ideas for creative ways you might use it in your own kitchen!

Get the Goods 
(Makes enough dip for a party, shown above)

1 1/2 cup frozen peas (thawed and drained)
1/3 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
3 large garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon of dill
S+P to taste

Just ONE Simple Step!

This "recipe" is literally just as easy as mixing everything up in a blender or food processor (I use my Magic Bullet for small batches like this one)... Isn't that ridiculous?  As noted, I used 1/3 cup of greek yogurt for the dip pictured here, but if you're going to be using it as a sauce, you may want a little more to achieve the right consistency.  As you can see, I added an extra dollop and some pretty smoked paprika for garnish. :)

Another favorite variation of mine is switching up the herbs (basil works great!) and adding a little lemon juice for a "green goddess" style dressing.  SO perfect for a Summer-y spinach salad topped with toasted almonds and blueberries!   

Because the peas and yogurt end up replacing the pine nuts and olive oil found in a traditional pesto, this creamier version tastes incredibly indulgent without adding too many extra calories to your meal.  I could go on and ON about the nutritional benefits and versatility of Greek yogurt (we go through nearly a quart per week!), but the peas themselves are high in protein, fiber and vitamin K, and they add a nutty sweetness that tricks you into thinking that you're digging in to a real indulgence!

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