Friday Night Dips

Friday nights are an opportunity to wind down, especially if the week you’ve had made you want to bash your head against a wall or collapse into a three day long slumber. I have weeks like that. And sometimes, on a Friday night I want to have something a little fun and different.

Just because I’m winding down, doesn’t mean I eat unhealthy food, I just get a little creative. This recipe is a favourite of mine and uses delicious, fresh ingredients. Just plonk down in front of a good movie, with your choice of drink and dip to your heart’s content.

Dip 1: Soft danish feta

Just put feta into a bowl and smash with a fork.

Dip 2: Extra-virgin olive oil + balsamic vinegar.

Buy a good quality oil with a robust flavour.

Dip 3: Whole olives

Technically not really a dip, but it would ruin my whole ‘Friday Night Dips’ title so I just went with it. It’s just good quality olives that are delicious smooshed on bread.

Dip 4: Savoury ricotta whip

In a small bowl, whip 100g ricotta cheese, 1 tbsp cream cheese, 1 tsp cumin spice, 1 tsp sesame seeds and a pinch of salt together with a fork. Lightly sprinkle with cumin and sesame seeds.

Dip 5: Tomato salsa

Combine chopped cherry tomatoes, a ¼ of a red onion, finely chopped, 2 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar and 2 tsp dried mixed herbs.

Dip 6: Avocado

In a small bowl mash an avocado with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve the dips with a warm loaf of traditional crusty sourdough bread (and wine… A good crisp white wine is a winner)!

This recipe is one of over 60+ recipes in my cookbook Everyday Eats! It’s full of simple to create meals that promote health. No need for flower crowns or mason jars, just simple, easy meals to nourish your whole family!

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Article by Kate Freeman

Registered Nutritionist. Writer. Presenter. Home cook. Mother. Wife. Runner. Hiker. Amateur photographer.