What else can you use kale for? How about dip?
Whenever I add greens to our food, I make sure to name the dish after a favorite green character, like “Kermit Dip” or “Monster Mike Macaroni and Peas” to make it more kid-friendly. There are plenty of green superheroes, talking trains, tinkering pixies, frog princesses, and other fun cartoon characters to choose from to entice any child to give this yummy dip a try!
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Easy Kale Dip
- Yield: 12
- 2 cups (5 to 6 ounces) roughly torn kale leaves (removed from stems)
- 8 ounces cream cheese or Neufchatel, softened
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (or favorite herb mix)
- 2 tablespoons minced onion
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice (the acidity helps reduce the green flavor of the kale)
- 1/4 cup half-and-half or milk
- In a food processor or blender, chop the kale leaves. Put in a bowl and set aside.
- Cut the cream cheese into small chunks and put in the food processor. Add the seasoning, onion, and salt, if using. (If dipping with veggies, you might prefer a little saltiness, but if dipping salted chips or crackers, you may not need any salt in the dip). Blend well.
- Add the Greek yogurt and blend until smooth.
- Add the chopped kale, lemon juice, and half-and-half. Blend well. You can add more milk if needed to get to the consistency you prefer.
- Dip veggies and enjoy!
Instead of cream cheese, which is at least 33% fat (roughly 80 grams of fat per 8-ounce block), I prefer to use Neufchatel cheese, which is naturally lower in fat without adding weird chemicals, fake colors, or extra sugars (around 23% fat, so only 48 grams of fat per 8-ounce block). Both kinds contain roughly 16 grams of protein per 8-ounce block. (Ingredients and nutrition information will vary by brand.)
Feel free to substitute spinach or other greens (leaves only, no stems) for the kale!
I personally prefer this with 2 to 3 teaspoons of garlic instead of the onion, and I usually add some rosemary and extra salt as well. Either way, it’s a big hit at family get-togethers!