Skinny Taco Dip

The fact that this fabulous taco dip even made it to the tiny man’s 4th birthday party is a miracle. As people were arriving to the party (including people I’ve never met before who were the parents of some of tiny man’s school friends), one of the folding tables we had set up with the food collapsed as we were setting up (apparently the husband didn’t quite lock the legs of the table when he set it up…). Thankfully my sister-in-law, niece, and BFF were right there (and thankfully I was not as I was already a nervous wreck and spazing out about other things) and saved the day, and all of the food! And it’s a good thing, because the taco dip was far and away the most popular dish at the party, and I gave out the recipe to several folks as they were leaving! I threw this together about 20 minutes before the start of the party, it was that easy to make. If you’re looking for an easy, healthy, and delicious appetizer for a get together, give this one a shot! Just make sure you put it on a stable table.

8 oz 1/3 less fat Philadelphia cream cheese
8 oz reduced fat sour cream
16 oz jar mild salsa
1 packet taco seasoning
2 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
2.25 oz black olives, drained

In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, salsa and taco seasoning and mix well with an electric mixer. Spread on the bottom of a large shallow glass dish. Top with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese and black olives. Serve with baked tortilla chips.

Source:  Skinnytaste

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

I’m finally getting around to making my very first food related post!  I promise I’ll be better at updating this thing…life has been hectic this past week.  Please bare with me as I work on my food photography skills…I’m sure they’ll get better with time. 

I made this dip for the husband’s surprise 30th birthday party last Sunday.  This was a huge hit!  I had multiple people ask me for the recipe and we didn’t bring much of this home.  This would be great at a children’s birthday party, and will likely make an appearance at the toddler’s 2nd birthday party.  Give this a try!!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 (8-oz) pkg cream cheese
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
3/4 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips

1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the brown sugar over medium heat. Stir continuously, until the brown sugar dissolves. (You can also do this in the microwave but watch it closely. The butter/sugar mixture will boil over fast. Stir every 30 seconds or so.)

2. Remove from heat, whisk in vanilla extract and set aside to cool.

3. Beat the cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar for 1 minute.

4. Slowly beat in the cooled butter mixture and beat again for another minute.

5. Stir in the chocolate chips.

6. Pour into a serving bowl and refrigerate.

7. Garnish with additional chips, if you choose.

I served this with mini vanilla wafers and chocolate teddy grahams.

Source: Brown Eyed Baker