But, you can go one step further and use dips to enhance the lunch boxes you pack. They add extra variety, flavours and various health benefits and give you a mighty fine reason to add carrot sticks, celery wands, broccoli trees etc.
We often have dips in the centre of our dinner table with a platter of raw vegetables too. You could also use these dips as spreads on sandwiches, wraps or rice cakes in place of butter.
So here are 3 Ridiculously Easy Lunch Box Dips (or dinner dips, or picnic / entertaining dips). Even if your kids aren’t up to having vegetables in their lunch box yet, just start with introducing the dips to the lunch box with crackers and may be a couple of sticks of vegetables they usually eat at home. Remember to pack an ice brick in with your lunch box.
Natural Greek Yoghurt Dip
Start off using these quantities of spices, then increase them up to suit your families taste buds. We like quite a stronger taste now so more than double the spices I’ve listed below – it’s all about gradual transitioning.
- 250g Natural Greek Yoghurt
- 1/2 teaspoon of mixed italian herbs (or just parsley or chives flakes if you prefer)
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- Mix it all together – it’s that easy. Taste and if you want the flavours stronger, increase them to suit.
Are you ready for this one – so simple it really is Mad Food Science – lol!
- 1 avocado
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- Mash avocado
- Squeeze a little bit of lemon juice over the top (push a piece of parchment paper down on top of the dip, then put in an airtight container – the paper helps stops the avo going brown from the air. The Yumbox seal stops it from going brown too- see this test on facebook)*
Ok, so you do have to work a little harder with this dip, but it’s so worth it. I even have a friend who adds beetroot to her hummus to make pink hummus too. My kids don’t particularly like it pink, so I just make it like this.
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed til water runs clear
- 1 -2 cloves of fresh garlic, crushed
- 40g lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons tahini (if your school doesn’t allow sesame anymore, you can omit this but it’s not quite as yummy)
- 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Put all ingredients in your food processor and whizz until its the consistency you like (chunky or smooth)
*You can read my review of the Yumbox here. The Yumbox’s are selling like hotcakes now and stock in Australia is limited. If you wish to order one, use can do so here.
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