The Process of Eating Less Processed

Weaning My Family Off of Processed Foods – While Sneaking in Some Hidden Fruits and Veggies


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Easy, Delicious and Homemade! French Onion Dip That is WAY Better Than Store Bought

Homemade French Onion Dip

Homemade French Onion Dip

My husband is a HUGE football fan. And a large part of the home football viewing experience has always involved snacks. Prior to our less processed lifestyle, these snacks involved a lot of velveeta, store bought dip and other very processed foods. Luckily, most of these things aren’t really very hard to replace with a healthier, less processed version. My latest success in less processed snacks is French Onion Dip. Store bought tubs of dip, while easy, are loaded with unnatural ingredients, and are often ridiculously salty. Also, if someone says they made onion dip, it probably involves a package of dried soup mix, which is also loaded with strange ingredients and is super salty.

My homemade French Onion dip, on the other hand, has very few ingredients, is super flavorful without being crazy salty, and is very EASY to make!

Homemade French Onion Dip

1 large onion, chopped
1 tsp olive oil
1 cup fat free, plain greek yogurt
1 cup mayonnaise
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp white or black ground pepper

Add onions and olive oil to saute pan and cook on medium heat until onions are mushy and carmelized (15-20 minutes). Mix onions with the rest of the ingredients and refrigerate for at least an hour (the longer you refrigerate it, the better it gets).

And that’s it! You can adjust the salt and pepper for your taste. I like to serve this with kettle cut chips or pretzels, which are already salty on their own. If you serve it with veggies, you might want the dip to be a little bit saltier.

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Queso Worthy of the Super Bowl – Without Velveeta

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For better or worse, snacks are an integral part of football watching at my house. And usually, those snacks have involved “football cheese”, or Velveeta mixed with salsa. So this year, after I started feeding my family less processed foods, one of my husband’s first questions for football season was what he was going to be able to snack on during games.

Obviously, Velveeta does not make the less processed cut. I mean, a “cheese” that can last years without being refrigerated… you don’t even need to look at the ingredients to know there’s very little natural about that. (And don’t even get me started on the so-called “Velveeta shortage:…)

I tried a few different recipes over the course of the season looking for a reasonable substitute. Some used a cream sauce base, others were just melted cheese. And this is what I decided is the best less processed queso or “football cheese”. It uses cream cheese (which still isn’t perfect – but is far better than velveeta – and if you can afford it, there are organic versions that only contain milk and cream).

Less Processed Football Cheese
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup hot salsa (Look for a brand that contains only ingredients you could actually use in your own kitchen without added chemicals or sugar. Or you could make your own by pulsing together 2 small tomatoes, 1 jalepeno pepper, one clove garlic and one small onion with a teaspoon of salt in your food processor)

Mix all ingredients together and microwave 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each 30 seconds until bubbly and hot. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips or carrots and celery sticks. YUM!