Easy Dips

by Madelaine

My family has some great easy dips – with a little pizazz! (Even if your stomach or system can’t handle much “pizzaz”)! We serve these a lot during the holidays, parties, and don’t lets forget watching the big game. Or Downton Abbey ??

I do understand that sometimes seniors have more sensitive stomachs and digestion and need food that is a little bland. But these are so good I wanted to share them anyway, because you can always change them, and remove an ingredient if you need to, or substitute your favorite that is less pizazzy. If that is a word. Some of these are good for dipping veggies into, as well. So here are a few of our favorites.

Spinach Appetizers

1 package of frozen spinach chopped, thaw and drain really well
4-5 green onions, chopped fine
1 tsp lemon juice
2-4 dashes of tobasco sauce
Real mayonnaise, enough to make it all spreadable
Salt to taste

Combine everything and chill well. Serve chilled, spread on Escort crackers (or your other favorite fancy crackers).

Picante Party Dip

1 medium size jar of Pace Picante Sauce, medium hot, (or else whatever else you like).
2 Haas (or Hass) avocados, chopped (these are the kind with dark bumpy skin and the inside is lightish green).
1 medium seedless English cucumber, chopped.
½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese.
1 tsp fresh lime juice.

Combine all the ingredients and chill well. Serve with chilled with white and blue corn tortilla chips.

Hot Curried Crab Dip

6 oz lump crab meat, picked through for shells and cartilage
8 oz softened cream cheese
1 tsp sweet curry powder
1 Tablespoon minced shallot
1 T milk
Freshly cracked black pepper

Mix all ingredients and place in a greased shallow baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly. Serve with melba toast rounds.

One thing I know is that seniors do love parties. My mother ate these dips just fine, as did her mother. But you can change them as you need to. Enjoy!

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