Thursday, July 17, 2014

Protein Packed Creamy Hemp and Nooch Dressing or Dip

We have been having a real heat wave on the Island lately… and I am certainly not complaining about it… but we are eating a bit differently because of it.  I am not the least bit interested in heating up the kitchen by turning on the oven or the stove top to make lunch.  So, it is all about salads and dressings and dips for fresh veggies at my house these days.  This Protein Packed Creamy Hemp and Nooch Dressing, which can also be used as a dip, is the perfect lunch time condiment.

It is high in protein, low in fat, and it is tasty… also very easy to whip up quickly.  And it could easily be enjoyed on zoodles, too.  I happen to love this Organic Hemp Protein Powder by North Coast Naturals… it mixes readily and doesn’t alter the flavor of the other ingredients in the recipe…. it just provides a great nutritional punch.  And you all know I am a big nutritional yeast, or nooch, fan too.


Protein Packed Creamy Hemp and Nooch Dressing or Dip

Protein Packed Creamy Hemp and Nooch Dressing or Dip
Makes 1 serving
  • 3/8 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbs nooch
  • 1 Tbs hemp protein powder
  • dash of lemon juice
  • sprinkle of salt
  1. Combine all ingredients and use as a salad topper or a dip for your favorite fresh veggies.

Per serving.
Weight Watchers P+ = 3.
Calories 128; Protein 20g; Carbohydrates 10g; Fat 2g; Fibre 6g.


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Spoon it on….

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and mix it in.  Enjoy!


What is your favorite quick lunch idea when the weather is sizzling?

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Creamy Avocado and Nooch Dressing or Dip


I think I am on a bit of a roll, here…. I am so loving the avocados we have been getting lately from California.  They are so creamy and so rich! And because I usually have either zoodles or a big mixed salad for lunch every day, I have been coming up with different ways to dress them up using my beloved avocados.

I also happen to love nooch (nutritional yeast). It gives a bit of a cheesy flavor and is a good thickener, too.  Also has lots of nutrients.  Duh.  NUTRITIONAL yeast.

I was going to just slice the avocado onto my salad, but after I mixed some nooch and some yogurt together, I decided to mash the avocado into it, and this lovely dressing was born.  Mmmm. Great idea!

This dressing is sublime.  Truly.  I can’t rave about it enough.  It is thick and creamy and good enough to just sit and eat with a spoon, or even your fingers!

Creamy Avocado and Nooch Dressing or Dip

Creamy Avocado and Nooch Dressing or Dip
Makes 1 serving
  • 3/8 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbs nooch
  • 1/2 medium avocado (about 1-1/2 ounces)
  • a few drops of lemon juice
  • dash of salt
  1. Mix the yogurt and nooch till well blended. 
  2. Add the avocado and mash and mix till the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  3. Stir in the lemon juice and season with salt to taste.

Per serving.
Weight Watchers P+ = 3.
Calories 141; Protein 13g; Carbohydrate 9g; Fat 7g; Fibre 4g.

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Just look how thick and creamy this is!  The lemon juice will keep the avocado from changing color.

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What is your favorite way to enjoy avocados?

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Yogurty Nooch and Tahini Sauce or Dip

When I put this sauce together to have on my zoodles for lunch the other day, I realized it was a bit different from the others I have made in the past, so I wrote it down and thought I would share it here… it really is a good one.  The combination of Greek yogurt with the nooch (that would be nutritional yeast) and tahini makes for a rich and tasty, very creamy and thick sauce.

It also works very nicely as a dip, which I realized when I poked some baby carrots into the piles of creamy sauce sitting on top of my zoodles.  Lovely. Tasty. Very satisfying.

I added a few snips of thyme and basil from my garden, for garnish, and I noticed that the thyme really takes over the flavor on the bites that had it.  If you don’t care for it, please don’t use it.  Garlic might be a nice addition as well, I think.  And of course you can use any Greek yogurt you like… I happen to prefer fat free.  The N.I. will vary accordingly.


Yogurty Nooch and Tahinini Sauce or Dip

Yogurty Nooch and Tahini Sauce or Dip
Makes 1 serving
  • 3/4 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp tahini
  • dash of salt
  1. Mix the yogurt and the nutritional yeast until well blended, then add the tahini and salt and mix again.
  2. Spoon on top of your favorite noodles or zoodles, or use as a dip with fresh veggies.
Per serving.
Weight Watchers P+ = 4.
Calories 158; Protein 22g; Carbohydrate 10g; Fat 3g; Fibre 3g.


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Yogurty Nooch and Tahini Sauce or Dip


Are you a nooch fan, too?    What is your favorite way to use it?