A Veggie Wreath & Vegan Ranch Dip

By: Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND

It’s easier than you think to eat an entire day’s worth of calories just in the snacks at holiday parties, gatherings and functions. But going to a party doesn’t have to equal nibbling endlessly on high-calorie, low-nutrient dense food. The best way to avoid overeating the junk is to bring a healthy plate to share at a party. This vegetable wreath offers an array of micronutrients that are low-calorie and full of healthy fiber with a bit of zing from the healthy plant-based dip. You can lightly blanch your vegetables or plate them up raw for a colorful and festive platter.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1 red pepper
  • Handful of snow peas
  • Handful of sugar snap peas
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cucumber

Note: You can use any vegetables that are available to you and this is a great way to use up any leftover vegetables in your fridge.

Ranch Dip:

  • 1 cup of cashews
  • ½ cup of water
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 1 Tbsp of wholegrain mustard
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp of lemon juice
  • ½ tsp of powdered onion
  • ½ tsp of powdered garlic
  • ¼ tsp of paprika
  • 2 Tbsp parsley chopped

Directions:

  1. Wash and chop the vegetables to your liking.
  2. For the dip: blend the cashews and water until a smooth consistency is formed.
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients from the ranch dip until well combined.
  4. Arrange the vegetables around the platter and the ranch dip in a bowl in the middle to form a vegetable wreath.
  5. This can be stored in an airtight container for up to five days.

Substitutions:

Cashews – blanched almonds, macadamias

Lemon Juice – apple cider vinegar

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Servings: 6-8

  • Nutrition per serving:

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.

Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND

Claire Georgiou is an Australian Naturopath, Nutritionist and Herbalist who has completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Compl. Medicine) and an Advanced Diploma of Nutrition, Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine. She has more than 14 years of clinical experience specializing in liver disease, autoimmune disease, thyroid conditions, diabetes, insulin resistance, digestive disorders, chronic infections, children’s health, fertility and pregnancy care. Claire consults in private practice in Sydney and also offers consults out of area and is an accredited member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society. Claire has worked closely for many years with Dr. Sandra Cabot, who is known as the “Liver Cleansing Doctor” and has written more than 25 health related books. Claire writes health related articles, creates healthy recipes and is one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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