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Easy Homemade Chip Dip

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 It may be September, but summer is not over yet!  There is still plenty of time for grilling and picnics.

One of the easiest side dishes for a summer meal is chips with dip.   You can buy your favorite kind of chip (we like the potato chips made with olive oil) or make a batch of homemade chips.  Then all you have to do is take one minute to mix up a quick dip.

This chip dip reminds me of my favorite childhood dip – french onion.  But there isn’t actually any onion in it!  Better than that there isn’t any MSG or anything artificial.  Just a few simple ingredients.

This is not a dip full of spice.  We keep it simple for the oral sensory issues in our family.  But that doesn’t mean it’s low on flavor.  This simple chip dip tastes great and packs a punch of flavor.

If you don’t eat chips, this dip works very well for fresh vegetables or kale chips.  We even enjoy it on a burger or as a dipping sauce for fish.  It is very versatile.

This even works well for packing school lunches. A tasty dip is a great way to get kids to eat fresh vegetables.

The next time you need a quick dip try this simple version.  It takes less than a minute to make and will be a family favorite. 

Easy Homemade Chip Dip
A simple chip dip made with real ingredients that only takes a minute to prepare.
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Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup sour cream
  2. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  3. 1/2 tsp. dill weed
  4. 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients. Mix well.
  2. Chill until ready to serve.
Notes
  1. This dip goes very well with chips but can also be used for fresh vegetables, on burgers or with fish.
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Easy Beef and Bean Enchilada Bake (gluten, egg, dairy, nut, rice free)

beef and bean enchilada bakeSometimes it is very tough to cook for my family.  I have to work around food allergies and intolerances.  Of course they are different for everyone in the family. So normally I end up cooking a lot of separate items so everyone can feel good and eat well.  But it is a lot of work!

It’s pretty rare that I make casseroles.  It’s hard to make one that we can all eat.  But last week I came up with a super easy casserole that we all enjoyed! I actually did make it three different ways to meet our needs.  The big difference was that making different versions didn’t require any extra work.

The main recipe uses tortilla chips, ground beef, tomato sauce, beans and cheese.  I left the cheese out for my son’s dairy free version.  My version was simply ground beef, cheese and beans so that it was corn and tomato free.

This casserole is naturally gluten, egg, rice and nut free.  You can make it dairy free by leaving out the cheese.  There is still plenty of flavor. If you don’t tolerate corn you can substitute another starch like cooked rice or quinoa.

I loved that I found a way to use up the bits of tortilla chips at the bottom of the bag instead of throwing them away. If you’re looking for a super easy, allergen-friendly dinner this is it.

Easy Beef and Bean Enchilada Bake
A quick prep casserole that is allergen-friendly and has big enchilada flavor.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. ground beef (or turkey or chicken)
  2. 15 oz. tomato sauce
  3. 1 Tbsp. tapioca flour, arrowroot or cornstarch
  4. 2 cups pinto beans (cooked)
  5. 2 cups crushed tortilla chips
  6. 2 cups shredded cheese (optional)
  7. salt and garlic powder to taste
Instructions
  1. Brown the meat. Season with salt and garlic powder.
  2. With the heat still on, sprinkle the flour over the meat and mix.
  3. Add the tomato sauce.
  4. Simmer for 5 minutes. Season to taste. Remove from heat.
  5. Heat the oven to 350*F.
  6. In a 2 qt. casserole layer 1/3 of the crushed chips, 1/3 of the meat mixture and 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat layering two times.
  7. Bake, covered, for 35 minutes.
  8. Remove cover and bake another 5 minutes.
Notes
  1. The tortilla chips can be replaced with another starch like cooked rice or quinoa.
  2. This can be turned into a skillet meal by sprinkling the cheese and chips into the pan of meat after simmering the sauce.
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Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips

On Saturday my family is getting together. We are having a pizza and potluck dinner. I am bringing a few fresh veggies and chips and salsa. I’m bringing my home canned salsa. So I figured I’d try making the tortilla chips too. I made a batch yesterday to try them out. Very good!! And so simple. They are really good fresh out of the oven and still warm. I have to make more yet for the gathering. I haven’t decided if I will make them at home or wait and make them at my parents’ house so they are really fresh. This is a good base recipe. It’ll be fun to experiment with various seasoning. Maybe someday I’ll try making my own tortillas. Then the chips would really be homemade 🙂 I got the recipe from Food Network.

Baked Tortilla Chips

Twelve 6-inch corn tortillas (preferably white)
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil (I used canola)
Fine salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush both sides of the tortillas with the oil (I just brushed one side and figured some would rub off on the next one as I stacked them :). Stack the tortillas and cut the pile into sixths to make chips. Spread the chips out in a single layer on two large baking sheets and season with salt. Bake until golden brown and crisp, rotating the baking sheets once, about 12 to 15 minutes (Mine took 10-12 minutes).

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