Saturday, June 17, 2006

Veggie Cheese Dip

Tonight's dinner needed to fill three specific criteria:
1. Easy and quick, because I was in a bad mood
2. Good for movie-watching
3. Contain at least a small percentage of nutritional value

So I had this recipe for a Tostitos Veggie Cheese Dip from an advertisement, and that fit the criteria. It worked out well, too, because it was an oozy chunky mess that fit very well with the movie we were watching at the same time (Terror Firmer). Excellent.

It was good for the following reasons:
1. It gave me a reason to use the Tostitos Scoopable chips, which I love.
2. It was full of vegetables, so that made it seem semi-healthy.
3. It took about 4 minutes to make, including prep work.

I probably won't make it again, but my friends in college might want to. It's super-fast and super-easy.

Tostitos Veggie Cheese Dip
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 cups quartered cherry tomatoes
1 1/2 cups roughly chopped spinach (Note: I omitted this)
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1/2 cup diced red onion
2 1/2 cups diced button mushrooms
1 cup fresh sweet corn kernels (can substitute frozen or canned corn)
1 15.5oz jar of Tostitos Reduced-Fat Zesty Cheese Dip
1 Tbsp roughly chopped fresh parsley

Heat oil in a nonstick pan over high heat.

Add tomatoes, spinach, peppers, onions, mushrooms, and corn, and saute for four minutes.

Meanwhile, pour Tostitos Dip into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds or until warm.

Remove bowl from microwave and stir in vegetables and parsley.

Serve immediately with Tostitos chips.

Yield: 4-6 servings

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