Veggie Sticks with Avocado-Lime Dip

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Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Dan Becker
Recipe from Sunset

Time: 30 minutes. Here's a healthy party snack to mix in with the rich ones for your calorie-conscious guests.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound green beans, ends trimmed
  • Ice
  • 1 firm-ripe avocado (10 oz.), pitted and peeled
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon loosely packed fresh mint leaves, rinsed (optional)
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 pound jicama, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick sticks

Preparation

  1. 1. In a 2- to 3-qt. pan over high heat, bring about 1 qt. water to a boil. Add green beans and cook until tender to the bite, 3 to 6 minutes. Drain and immerse immediately in ice water until cool, about 2 minutes; drain again.
  2. 2. In a blender or food processor, combine avocado, yogurt, lime juice, mint (if using), garlic, and salt; whirl until very smooth.
  3. 3. Spoon dip into a bowl and serve with green beans and jicama sticks.
  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

December 2009