Skinny French Onion Dip With Veggie Chips

Skinny French Onion DipFall has officially begun so cue me eating everything in sight. Kidding. Kinda? What is it about cold weather that makes us crave fatty, comfort foods? Fall weather also makes me crave my bed, a massive blanket and an overwhelming amount of tea/coffee. Really the only thing that can force me to be social during these chilly months is a football game paired with good food and better company. skinny french onion dip with sweet potato and zucchini chips skinny french onion dip with sweet potato and zucchini chips If we are being completely honest here, about 10% of girls genuinely enjoy watching the football game and the remaining 90% of us are there for the food. Tailgates have THE best food selection hands down. Mini sandwiches, casseroles, wings, cheese platters, and of course chips and dip. I mean that covers all the major food groups, right?

The biggest challenge when creating a healthy recipe alternative is tricking the guys into not noticing. Boys can always tell if any sort of fat or calories have been removed. They have a radar I promise.skinny french onion dip with sweet potato chips and zucchini chipsWhile peanut butter and chocolate may be my number one food pair, chips and dip have to be my second. I don’t know why us girls have such a thing for chips and pretty much any sort of dip but I think it’s programmed since birth. Spinach and artichoke dip, salsa, queso, hummus, you name it. But today is all about skinny french onion dip. Oh yes.

This french onion dip has been skinnified with chobani greek yogurt because everything tastes better when it’s #madewithchobani :)homemade sweet potato chips and zucchini chipsI paired my delicious french onion dip with homemade sweet potato chips and zucchini chips to keep the healthy theme going. If your fellow tailgating friends aren’t ready to take that big of a leap you can use pretzels, pita chips or tortilla chips instead.

I let my boyfriend and family sample the dip when it was complete and let me tell ya, it was a huge hit. No one even noticed it was healthy because it tastes like an exact replica of a full-fat dip. The only fat in this recipe comes from a small amount of olive oil (monounsaturated fat) which is the kind of fat your body needs. I hope you all will bring this dip to your next tailgate (or party) and tell me the reactions you get! Also, be sure to check out Chobani’s  recipe section for more skinny recipes like mine :)

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Ingredients For Dip

  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz package of chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups fat free Chobani plain greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

Directions

  1. Sauté the onions in olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Once they begin caramelizing, reduce the heat and let them simmer. Stir every few minutes to make sure they don’t burn.
  3. Add the garlic and sauté for 1-2 more minutes.
  4. Remove from the stove and place mixture in a mixing bowl to be refrigerated for 10-15 minutes. Set aside a couple tablespoons of the mixture to top the dip when it’s complete.
  5. Add the yogurt, Worchestershire sauce and garlic salt to the mixing bowl with the caramelized onions.
  6. Stir until the mixture is evenly combined.  Taste, and season with additional salt and pepper or extra worcestershire if needed.
  7. Top with remaining caramelized onions and serve immediately.

Ingredients For Chips:

  • Sweet potatoes (as needed)
  • Zucchini (as needed)
  • Olive oil spray
  • Salt

Directions:

Thinly slice sweet potatoes and zucchinis. Place on cookie sheet. Spray with olive oil and dust with salt. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes, flipping them halfway through. Frequently check on the chips so they don’t burn. Cooking time depends on thickness of chips.

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Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted ChickpeasFootball season is in full-force which means beer, cheese dip, and calories on top of calories. Now I’m not saying I won’t dive head first into the rotel dip when I show up at a tailgate, but having healthier options makes me feel less guilty when I realize I single-handedly finished the entire bowl.

spicy roasted chickpeasspicy roasted chickpeasWhen I heard nuts.com was looking to share healthy tailgating options I was pretty darn excited. I wanted to think outside of the box and somehow that landed me at creating two recipes for roasted chickpeas. Before you exit out of this post like “LOL chickpeas at a tailgate??” hear me out…

This weekend I took my dad to the Titans game for his birthday and all around me I saw hotdogs, pizza, and nachos. Oh and of course beer, beer, and more beer.  The most popular “side” however, was a good ole classic bag of peanuts! garlic roasted chickpeasI add peanuts, almonds and cashews to just about everything so I was totally on board with this peanut/football trend. But what about all the poor souls with peanut allergies? Let’s just take a moment of silence for them because peanut butter is a glimpse of heaven. You think I’m kidding. No, I’m not. These unfortunate souls were my inspiration for both spicy chickpeas and garlic chickpeas!roasted chickpeas seasoning garlic roasted chickpeasI love having a crunchy, salty snack to munch on mindlessly while I anticipate what is going to happen next in the game. (I’m a nervous eater) I’m also a grazer so roasted chickpeas are a great option for me when I’m not hungry enough for more buffalo wings, or really hungry at all, but still find myself patrolling the table of food. While most tailgate snacks will counteract all the hard work you put in at the gym during the week, these little gems will not!roasted chickpeasChickpeas are a great source of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. They also contain no saturated fat but are oh so satisfying. So,  at your next tailgate I highly recommend placing out a bowl of these flavorful roasted chickpeas alongside your bowl of peanuts or trail mix.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • Olive oil cooking spray

Garlic Seasonings:

  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp fresh cracked pepper

Spicy Seasoning:

  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions:

  1. Drain and rinse your chickpeas in the sink. Remove any loose skins off of the beans, but don’t worry about taking them all off.
  2. Evenly spread your beans out on a paper towel and pat them dry. (Some websites say you need to dry them for 30 mins or so, I popped mine right in the oven and they were super crunchy.)
  3. Preheat oven to 415 F.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with foil.
  5. Evenly spread your towel-dried beans on the cookie sheet
  6. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring them around every 10-15 mins.
  7. After baking, quickly transfer to a bowl and spray with olive oil cooking spray.
  8. Toss the chickpeas in the seasonings and coat well.spicy roasted chickpeas

Did I win you over or do you still think I’m crazy?

Happy tailgating!

elizabeth, x