Whilst I understand that the appearance of dip recipes on VDM is a somewhat unexpected move, here’s the deal. I love dips. They make up the main component of most lunchtimes with their ability to jazz up a slice of spelt bread, tortilla chip or a spoon and not only are they easy to whip up, the three I’m going to detail here are more on the healthy side of proceedings. Which leads back to diet, which links up to health, which impacts complexion – see what I did there? So here are three recipes that I crack out in moments of the munchies and when my Dad decides to pop round unexpectedly for lunch (the guacamole is his personal favourite).

CHUNKY GUACAMOLE. This one is such a people pleaser. Whoever I make it for always seem to badger me the next day for the recipe and it’s easy peasy and you don’t need a blender for it. Score. Please don’t hurt me because I refuse to include cilantro. Me and the devils herb just don’t get on.

You will need: 2 ripe avocados, 4 cherry tomatoes, 1/4 red onion, 1 clove of garlic (though I tend to use 2 or 3), 1/2 chilli, a splash of lime juice, a pinch of salt and pepper. 

Peel and de-stone the avocados, then use a potato masher to mash the avocado up on a chopping board, add to bowl. Slice and dice the tomatoes, onion, garlic and chilli and again add to the bowl. Pop in a dash of lime juice (if you’ve got it, if not a tiny bit of lemon juice will do). Season, mix and serve.

HOMEMADE HUMMUS. I originally found this recipe on Hanna’s blog and it’s fab. I’ve modified it a tad but it’s still delicious if I say so myself – I haven’t purchased a shop bought tub since I discovered it.

You will need: 1 tin of chickpeas, 4 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, a pinch of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1 clove of garlic chopped (again I usually use 2), 2 tablespoons of water, 2 tablespoons of tahini, 1 tablespoon of honey. 

Drain the chickpeas, add to a food mixer and blend. Then add all dry and wet ingredients and blend again. If things are looking a little dry I add a tad more water and oil, then it’s ready to serve.

TOMATO AND BUTTER BEAN DIP. Now hear me out on this one because it’s not the most ‘dip-able’ of dips – though I’m sure a tortilla chip could quite easily balance a butter bean on it – but it was just too delicious not to include. You could blitz it in a blender to smooth things out, but I prefer it chunky with some bread to dip in or as a side dish for dinner. Though I have been know to attack it alone with a spoon.

You will need: 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 garlic clove, 1 (400g) tin of butter beans, 1 (400g) jar of passata or chopped tomatoes, a pinch of salt and pepper. 

Heat the oil in the pan, chop the garlic and add to the pan until softened. Add in the drained butter beans and passata and shimmer till the sauce has thickened slightly. Season, serve and dip away.

  • Anna Blush

    These all sound yummy and super easy! Definitely going to give the third one a go x

    http://anna-blush.blogspot.com

  • Sunny

    I am 100% with you with a passion for dips! The butter bean dip looks interesting so I’ll be sure to give that one a go sometime in the near future! Yummm-o.

    A Cosmetic Anthology

  • Daniela

    Anything avocado is gorgeous in my eyes! These look great!
    danielascribbles.blogspot.co.uk

  • Evelyn Morales

    Hmm that Guacamole looks really good. Thanks for sharing, I will give them a go!!

    http://allaboutevesbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

  • Olivia Wiki

    I’d love to see more posts like this! These all look delicious.
    x

  • Berrymix

    Will definitely try the guacamole soon! I can’t stand avocados but maybe if they’re in dip form, I’ll like them much better.

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • http://www.letitbecosy.com/ Rocio G.

    :) Love it when you show us what food you love. I’m intrigued to see how the tomato and butter bean dip tastes!
    And hummus needs that bit of tahini to make it even more ah-mazing. I add maple syrup instead of honey but that little bit of sweetness does do the trick for sure! x

  • Stephanie

    How fab to see food on your blog Anna! Please share more with us, I’m intreiged by the tomato and butter bean!

    Stephanie
    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3436251/hope-freedom-love
    xxxx

  • http://www.finurligheter.com/ Maria

    These all sound delish. I have actually never though about using dip as bread topping. I will absolutely try this.

    FINURLIGHETER

  • Beth

    Haven’t tried the tomato and butter bean dip but it sounds delicious!

    Beth

    http://www.bethyoungmakeup.com

  • Kayla

    More food posts please, all of these look so yummy. I’m going to make the butterbean one today. I’d love to see anything lifestyle-y or home decor-y too. x

  • http://srslylou.com/ Amy

    Oh maaannnnnn I was waiting for the food posts to start! I’m just sat here drooling now, I can’t decide what one sounds more delicious x

    Amy / srslylou

  • sophie warner

    That guacamole keeps winking at me. Going to have to make it!
    Sophie
    x

  • Annie

    Gosh I love your writing style! More recipes please! * rushes out to get tortilla chips*

  • Alice Quayle

    Looks so tasty! please check out my blog! http://alicequayle.blogspot.com x

  • Dannielle

    I’ve been trying to find a good recipe for guacamole, I’m definitely trying yours! They all look great xx

    D Is For…

  • http://artfarmblog.com/ Katie Brown // Art Farm

    Double/tripling the garlic! You are a girl after my own heart! I’m going to have to try the butter bean dip. It sounds fantastic!

  • http://indiebyheart.blogspot.com/ IndieByHeart

    Mm. They all seem really nice! :) Thanks for sharing.

    Satu
    Indie by heart

  • http://www.beautybabbles.com/ Kate

    Great for evenings when friends come round, they all look delicious!

  • Ellie Smith

    love the look of all of these, thanks Anna

  • Keeley

    These look delicious! Keeley’s Wardrobe

  • Endora Siu

    Mmm, that guac and hummus ♥

    Bauble & Trinket

  • Sarah Jayne

    Wow the tomato and butter bean dip sounds amazing! Must try this.

    http://www.sarah-jayne.com

  • Annie Lindsay

    That butter bean dip is GENIUS. It looks so hearty. I bet it would be awesome on a bed of spinach, like a war salad. Yum!!

  • Celina

    These sound so yummy! I will certainly be trying these out.
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  • http://www.tazminzara.blogspot.co.uk/ Tazmin

    Would love to see more foody posts, Anna! Will really have to make the hummus xx
    http://tazminzara.blogspot.co.uk

  • PeonyandPeach

    Definitely going to try making hummus! Thanks for the recipe.

    http://www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

  • hmfjewels

    WOW! So easy and look amazing! I love your cute little bowls as well :)
    http://www.hfjewels.wordpress.com

  • http://molliebylett.blogspot.co.uk/ Mollie Bylett

    YUM! so simple and look yum – i love dips but never made them myself! :)

    Mollie xoxo
    molliebylett.blogspot.co.uk

  • Rania Bolton

    I love guacamole, so that looks so yummy.
    http://www.excusedenied.blogspot.com
    xo

  • http://lebeautydiaries.tumblr.com/ Stephanie

    All of that looks so good! :)

  • Shy blonde

    I just made your humus, and i found that i didn’t have to use the wet ingredients at all. ( oil, honey, lemon juice, water) mine was already so delicious without it, and the perfect ‘texture’(?) it didn’t need more wetness. And it still tastes delicious. (:

  • http://www.toadventureblog.com/ Sarah Rose

    Yum I am going to try all of these! Never thought to add honey to hummus, sounds tasty :)

  • Marie

    I have never tried guacamole but t sounds so delicious! I’m just not a “dip girl” at all, I never know what to dip in them. But I’m inspired now ;)

    pocketfulofmakeup.blogspot.com

  • Hester Vancant

    check out today’s blog post on my guacamole recipe! http://slapbangbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://whatlouiseisloving.blogspot.co.uk/ Louise

    Just made the hummus one and it was delicious. Thanks for the recipe! X