Dips are so versatile – put them between rice cakes for when you are on the go, with vegetable sticks for a healthy snack or on as a side dish with a main meal.  There are so many combinations that you can make from scratch to ensure they are suitable for your family.

Here are a couple of ideas to get you going:

Pea Dip

  • 200g frozen peas
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Small garlic clove, crushed
  • Zest of ½ lemon (optional)

1·  Put the frozen peas in a large bowl and pour plenty of boiling water over the top so they are generously covered.

2·  After 3-4 minutes, once the peas have defrosted, drain and return to the bowl.

3·  Add the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and lemon zest, if using.

4·  Whizz with a handheld blender until smooth.

5·  Season to taste.

Cannellini Bean Dip

  • Tin of cannellini beans, drained

  • Clove of garlic, crushed

  • 2 tbsp water

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

1·  Tip the drained cannellini beans into a large bowl.

2·  Add the garlic, water and lemon juice.

3·  Whizz with a handheld blender until smooth.

4·  If the mixture is a little stiff, add some more water to loosen it according to how runny you want it.

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    **Always check the ingredients of any food you’re cooking with to make sure it doesn’t contain something you or your child should avoid.

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