Sunday, May 23, 2010

Love Your Veggies--Flower Power Bell Peppers and Ranch Dip

TwitterMoms and the makers of Hidden Valley® dressings have teamed up again to offer another fun recipe blogging contest! They want you to take an existing Hidden Valley® recipe, recreate it with your children and blog about it.  What fun!

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

You’ll need:

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.
My girls had so much fun with this.  They loved the end result and were so eager to eat there vegetable creations!  Wow--what a relief--I did not have to urge them to eat their veggies!  I asked what they thought about it and they both shouted, "Good!" and my oldest added, "Especially with the dip!"

This was a super cute recipe and would be great to serve on a buffet line or set out as an appetizer.  It would also be sometehing great to take to parties.  The nice thing is that you can prepare this in advance so there is no last minute rushing around. 
Disclosure: This post is part of a blogging contest from the TwitterMoms community. There is a chance this post could be selected to win a $25 AmEx Gift Card, so wish me luck! For more details, you can view the contest page here.

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StuffSmart said...

Wow, those are pretty! It looks like your girls had fun. We'll have to try them. We love our veggies!

bless their hearts mom said...

what a great idea for july 4th party!


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