Sorry. I couldn't resist the pun. :)
But seriously. This dip is a dead ringer for the taste of Nacho Cheese Doritos. I basically grew up on those chips along with Funyuns, Double Stuf Oreos, cheese dogs, and fluffernutter sandwiches. Yeah . . . not the healthiest diet ever.
A few years ago, I realized junk foods make you feel like junk, literally, so I stopped eating them regularly. I still indulge from time to time, but I don't live on those foods.
I never really crave junk foods because I've been eating pretty healthy for a while. If you don't think you'd be able to give up junk foods or soda, I promise you can. Your body gets used to healthier foods and begins to crave them instead. I wake up some mornings with a crazy craving for some V8 juice and not in bloody Mary form.
Luckily, I've found ways to enjoy the taste of my favorite childhood junk foods in healthier ways. This dip is a great example.
Use raw veggies, tortilla chips or Triscuits as dipping devices. Spread it on a sandwich for a spicy kick. Slather it on some steamed veggies. Or just eat it plain by the spoonful and enjoy the healthy fats from sunflower seeds and cashews.
I've eaten this dip in all of the aforementioned ways and have yet to find something that doesn't taste good with it. Well, maybe a waffle or chocolate wouldn't taste good, but I didn't think you'd try that anyway. Do whatever floats your boat.
Recipe slightly adapted from Averie Cooks
Makes about 2 cups of dip
- 2/3 cup roasted, salted sunflower seeds
- 1 cup lightly salted cashews
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes (I buy mine on Amazon, but it's available in health food stores and Publix in the organic section.)
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips or diced (makes it easier for your blender)
- 8 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder (add more to taste if desired)
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (add more to taste if desired)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Place all ingredients in a food processor or powerful blender. Blend and pulse until no chunks remain and a uniform consistency forms.
- Serve with chips, veggies or spread on sandwiches or veggies.
- Store in airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
- What was your favorite childhood junk food?
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