A Very Merry Christmas and Festive Dips & Sticks!

Prep Time:5 mins, Cook Time: 1 hour, Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins

December 23, 2014

Eat Your Veg | Festive Dips and Sticks

Christmas doesn’t have to be all about the naughty stuff you know. There’s plenty of good stuff to be had amongst the endless choccies, sweets, sausage rolls and mince pies. I’m not saying to avoid it all, just apply a little balance here and there if you can. And my festive christmas tree dips and sticks are a fun way to grab the kids attention. As I seem to be regularly mentioning on Eat Your Veg lately, kids just love a dip and they’re the perfect vehicle to get oodles of goodliness into those precious little tummies. Today I have for you a Beetroot & Feta Dip, marginally more successful at getting beetroot into The Monsters than my Halloween Blood Soup, though I’m not going to lie, they did prefer the hummus.

The tree however they really loved, and proved a bit of a hit at a festive play date we had last week. Simply an assembly job of plenty of sliced peppers, cucumber, courgettes and carrots and dotted with a few cherry tommie baubles, sweetcorn and cheesy squares. Not forgetting the bread stick tree trunk. It really didn’t take long to put together, a few short and fun minutes if that. And to see the look of delight on the children’s faces, it was so worth it.

Other dip recipes popular at Eat Your Veg HQ include my Smoked Salmon & Roasted Pepper, Tuna & Cream Cheese, Minted Pea & Feta, Homemade Hummus, Holy Moly Guacamole and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.

Before I sign off for christmas bidding you all a wonderful, fun and healthy festive break I offer you my apologies for being a little absent lately. I’d fully intended on a few more healthy festive posts in the run up to christmas but things have all been a little hectic in the Eat Your Veg household lately. Hectic in an extremely wonderful and happy way I can assure you!

Have a wonderful foodie christmas folks and wishing you an extremely happy, prosperous and healthy 2015, see you on the other side,

Louisa, Frannie & Jacques x


As Family Foodies has gone festive for December I shall of course be entering my christmas tree and dips, Vanesther’s hosting over at Bangers and Mash and there’s a fab cookbook prize to be won this month.


The Good Stuff:

Beetroot, Greek Yogurt, All the Dip Sticks you choose to serve

Great For:

Toddlers, Big Kids, Snacks, Festive Fun, Sleepovers, Play Dates, Christmas, Healthy Nibbles

Special Equipment:

A food processor or hand held stick blender

A Very Merry Christmas and Festive Dips & Sticks!

Ingredients Prep Time:5 mins, Cook Time: 1 hour, Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins

For Beetroot & Feta Dip:
300g raw beetroot, scrubbed and trimmed (about 3 medium beets)
75g Feta cheese
75g Greek yogurt (2 heaped tablespoons)
1 pinch black pepper

1) Heat your oven to 190ºc/170º fan/gas mark 5.
2) Wrap each of the beets in foil with 1 teaspoon of water. Place on a small baking tray and roast for 1 hour until fully tender.
3) Unwrap the beets and leave to cool for a few minutes.
4) Roughly chop the beetroot and place in a food processor along with all the other ingredients and whiz until very smooth OR place all in a bowl and blitz with a hand held stick blender.
Serve with a rainbow of different raw dips sticks, in christmas tree form if you wish!

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2 thoughts on “A Very Merry Christmas and Festive Dips & Sticks!

  1. Anneli

    What a clever idea Lou 🙂 I love it! I am so happy to hear life is treating you well. You deserve it. Happy Christmas to you and all the family. Try to step out from under the mistletoe from time to time to eat and drink aswell…!! xxxxx

  2. Vanesther - Bangers & Mash

    This is such a brilliant idea, Lou. My girls would go crazy for this! And an absolutely perfect entry for December’s festive Family Foodies challenge – I knew we could rely on you to bring something a little healthier to the party! Hope you’ve all had a marvellous Christmas and here’s to a very delicious 2015 🙂



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