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Spicy Baba Ghanoush

This dip is a major flavor punch to the mouth! If you are looking for a dip with zero bad for you ingredients but major flavor, then this is for you! Baba ghanoush is a Middle Eastern spreadable dip that is eaten with pita bread, veggies, or even used as a sandwich spread! It's base is roasted eggplant that is dressed up with warm spices, zippy lemon and creamy tahini. Tahini is a sesame seed paste that you will find in the condiments and sauces section. This recipe is strong on the garlic and spicy smoked paprika, so if you aren't a fan of those flavors, reduce the amount to your taste!! 




Spicy Baba Ghanoush

Makes 1 cup


  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut eggplant in half lengthwise and place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Roast for 25 minutes until soft. Remove and let cool. Meanwhile in a food processor, add all other ingredients. Pulse a few times to combine. Using a fork, scrap eggplant flesh away from skins and discard the skin. Add eggplant to food processor and blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Store in your fridge. 

Healthy Ranch Dressing

If you spend time with me for more than five minutes, you will quickly find that I love ranch. I love it on everything! Literally everything!!! Fries, potatoes, sandwiches, veggies the list goes on and on!!!! You name it, I'll probably put ranch on it. And what's not to love about it? It's creamy without smothering your food and it has a punchy herbal kick!

The only problem with my ranch obsession ( other than the eye rolls I get when I ask for ranch wherever I go) is that it's loaded with fat. My favorite bottled ranch dressing has 140 calories ( 130 from fat) for 2 tablespoons. Not something I want to be fueling my body with everyday. So in an effort to balance out my ranch obsession, I made a healthy version that has all the flavor but less fat. 

Say hello to a healthy ranch made with plain, nonfat yogurt. The beauty of this dressing is that it has all the flavor of regular ranch, but has less fat and takes less than 1 minutes to make. It's roughly 45 calories for one tablespoon of this dressing. 

The key to success with this dressing is to use plain, nonfat yogurt. Don't try to use a Greek yogurt, it will be way to thick and have a sharp taste to it. This ranch is fabulous as soon as you make it, but I will say the flavor deepens as you let it sit in your fridge, so make a batch and use it the whole week!



Healthy Ranch Dressing

Makes 1/2 cup


  • 1/2 cup plain, nonfat yogurt 
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder 
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder 
  • Pinch of dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper 


In a small bowl, stir all ingredients together. Store in the fridge for up to one week in an airtight container.