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We love creative uses of spices at our house. What is really a winner is that munching all night long on these combinations and a glass of wine or beer will keep you under 1,000 calories - and that's if you stuff yourself silly. Considering most hamburgers come in at 1,200 calories at most restaurants, well, this is good news.
The Sesame Pita Chips employ the wonderful taste sensation of dark sesame oil commonly used as a finish for Chinese dishes just before serving. It tends to excite the appetite and smells and tastes heavenly. It may be expensive to purchase a bottle but you only use very small amounts like a few dashes per dish. She pairs this oil with the Indian spice blend of garam masala which completes the full flavor needed when using whole wheat pitas.
The Seeded Tortilla Chips use three kinds of tasty seeds - flax, sesame and chia - with chili powder to give full flavor as well as adding some protein to the chips.
The Old Bay Chips are very simple to create. You make your own potato chips from russet potatoes, spraying them first with flavorful olive oil, then sprinkling them with the Old Bay seasoning commonly used for seafood boils. All you do is arrange them in single layers, shove in the oven and bake to golden brown perfection.
The Green Goddess Dip uses fresh green herbs like basil, chervil, chives, and tarragon - along with fresh green onions.
The Clam Casino Dip is the only dip where your diet might get in trouble as it has the most calories. It is comprised of reduced fat cream cheese, low fat sour cream, turkey bacon and clams along with seasonings.
The Spiced Carrot Dip is unusual in its tasty blend of toasted fragrant spices, using cumin, curry powder and mustard seeds, then blended with Greek style yogurt and sour cream.
The Spanish Red Pepper Dip combines roasted red bell peppers (jar is fine), toasted sliced almonds, salty pungent feta cheese, fresh chopped garlic and red pepper flakes to kick it up a notch.
The Wasabi Pea Dip is yet another interesting taste sensation comprised of frozen green peas that are never cooked so they retain the bright green and sugary sweetness, silken tofu, lime juice, a lot of fresh chopped cilantro, a bit of wasabi paste and some chopped scallions. This is a high protein dip to enjoy with a fresh herb taste along with some onion searing heat. It's a perfect complement to chips.
Lori pairs the seeded tortilla chips with the Spanish red pepper dip. She coupled the Old Bay chips with the clam casino dip but you can try any combination that suits your taste buds.
These dips and chips are some innovative uses of spices, the forgotten foods - but that's yet another series of posts to explain all the benefits of these incredible spices used in these recipes.
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