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Blue Cheese Dip with Veggie Dunkers

Blue Cheese Dip with Veggie Dunkers
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Blue Cheese Dip with Veggie Dunkers

Prep: 15 minutes plus cooling
Cook: 5 minutes • Serves: 8

1/2 bunch asparagus, trimmed and halved crosswise
3 slices low sodium turkey bacon, chopped
1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup Two Good® plain lowfat Greek yogurt
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon blue cheese crumbles
2 tablespoons Neufchâtel cheese, softened
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces

1.Heat medium saucepot of water to a boil over high heat. Add asparagus; cook 2 minutes or until tender-crisp. Transfer asparagus to bowl filled with ice water; once chilled, drain and pat dry with paper towel.

2. In large skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until crisp, stirring occasionally; transfer to paper towel-lined plate.

3. In food processor, purée garlic, yogurt, blue cheese, Neufchâtel cheese and lemon zest on high; transfer to serving bowl and stir in 1/2 the bacon. Makes about 1-1/4 cups.

4. Serve dip topped with remaining bacon along with pepper and asparagus.

Approximate nutritional values per serving (2-1/2 tablespoons dip, 1-1/2 asparagus spears, 2 pieces pepper):
60 Calories, 3g Fat (2g Saturated), 12mg Cholesterol, 127mg Sodium,
3g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 1g Sugars, 0g Added Sugars, 5g Protein

Dietitian’s Dish Tip(s):
> Planning to enjoy a variety of dips this season? Try these better-for-you swaps:
• Use bases like Greek yogurt, hummus or puréed beans to boost the protein, fiber and nutrients.
• Top dips with herbs, olives or avocados to add more nutrients and texture. 
• Enjoy better-for-you dunkers like crisp vegetable sticks, radish rounds, baked tortilla chips or whole-grain crackers.

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