The recipe is as follows:
Flower Power Bell Peppers and Ranch Dip
Prep Time: 15 minutes or as long as kids want!
Serves: 6 – 8
1/2 cup Hidden Valley® The Original Ranch® Dressing Light and extra for thinning mixture into dip
8 oz fat-free cream cheese
2 red bell peppers
2 green bell peppers
2 yellow bell peppers
2 orange bell peppers
Mix together the cream cheese and Hidden Valley® The Original Ranch® Dressing Light dressing; chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Wash and seed bell peppers. Precut them into various shapes: circles, half circles, triangles, half-moons etc.
Let kids spread the ranch-cheese mixture onto the backs of the bell pepper and encourage them to use their imagination to create fun and tasty edible flowers.
Add additional Hidden Valley® The Original Ranch® Dressing Light to the ranch-cheese mixture and serve it in a flower pot on the side as a dip. Here are a few examples to get the creative juices flowing:
Crazy Daisy: Place a large orange bell pepper circle in the center; attach 6 smaller yellow bell pepper circles for petals; add a green bell pepper for stem and leaves.
Tulip Bouquet: Cut jagged edges into the tops of orange, yellow, and red bell peppers; add green bell pepper for stem and leaves.
This recipe sounded delicious and was so cute that my girls were eager to help me make it. We changed things up a bit and did the following:
- Use fat free cream cheese and Hidden Valley Original Ranch Fat Free Dressing to make it healthier.
- Use small flower and heart or other small shaped cookie cutters to cut peppers in addition to cutting the other shapes. The girls were able to help with this part since it didn't require the use of a knife.
- Add all shapes on wood sticks for extra fun (please watch the sticks if younger children are eating them)
- Use cherry or grape tomatoes cut in half. Put them on the sticks and add baby spinach leaves. It makes very cute flowers.
- I didn't have a clean flower pot, so I just used a bowl and put the flowers in a glass. However, as an afterthought, I realized it would have been really cute to put these in a vase with glass marbles on the bottom.