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Old 10-10-2004, 03:16 PM
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Dips for Kids Lunches

Dips for kids lunches

RANCH-STYLE DIP
Place 1 cup of cottage cheese and 4 tablespoons of ranch dressing (or 2 teaspoons dry ranch dressing mix) in the blender. Blend until smooth. Dippers: Cucumber sticks, leftover cooked chicken, baby carrots, tiny bread sticks, pretzels, fish crackers, celery sticks, tiny pieces of broccoli, etc.

APPLE-NUTTY DIP
Place equal amounts of peanut butter (smooth or chunky) and apple juice in a bowl and mix well until incorporated. Dippers: Celery sticks, apple slices, bread sticks, crackers, croutons, banana slices, pretzels and (if you dare!) pickles.

FRUIT DIP
In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup of preserves (either peach, apricot or strawberry), 1 cup plain yogurt and 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Mix well until fully incorporated. Chill for 1 hour. Dippers: Any sliced fresh fruit like apple slices, bananas, grapes, cheese sticks, bread and cookies.

PIZZA DIP
Prepared pizza or spaghetti sauce makes a perfect dip for string cheese, crackers, slices of pepperoni and whole-grain crackers. Let the kids make their own "Lunchables."

While adding a dessert of cookies, pudding or Jell-O is not necessary, it is often appreciated. For teenagers with bigger appetites, pack things like salad, chicken pieces, hard-boiled eggs, slices of ham and cheese, carrot sticks and baby tomatoes. If you have plastic containers stacking up in the back of a cupboard or drawer, now's the time to call them into service. Or, if you eat single-serving yogurts, wash the containers thoroughly and use them for dips.

Want to make sure that food stays nice and cold until lunchtime? Freeze small bottles of water, containers of yogurt and juice boxes. Add them to the lunches to create a small "ice chest." Everything will stay cool and the drink or yogurt will be thawed perfectly just in time for lunch.

While I know you've heard this suggestion before, let me encourage you to pack lunches the night before. There's something calming about waking up ready.
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Old 03-18-2006, 12:25 AM
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Looking at the nutty apple dip, this would not need to be refrigerated would it?
I'm actually looking for dips that do not need to be kept cold or hot like humus or a salsa.
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