Signs of Spring & Dip for Dinner

What is the best thing about being a grown up… and a grown up pregnant woman at that?  Making 7 layer dip and calling it dinner.  Let me explain…

I read Tina’s post yesterday about a birthday party that she went to with her daughter.  Casually she mentioned that she had 7 layer dip.  MMM!, I thought. I’m sure if I could feel Baby D that he/she would have been kicking me saying ‘Eat that, Mom!!’

But I pushed the craving aside and went along with my day.  Since I missed the first day of spring, I decided to celebrate late by sowing my seeds.  First, heirloom tomatoes!

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Then I was hoping to bribe Hubbs to build me a garden, so I did a few of his sunflowers, too.  Is it sad that I was shocked when I opened the package and the seeds looked like… well… sunflower seeds.  I almost popped a handful in my mouth :)

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I moved all my baby plants to the back porch, and that’s when I saw it… the sign.

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Last  year’s cilantro had fought through the layer of leaves and sticks covering it’s bed; it fought through the cold winter, then took advantage of the recent sun and decided to POP up in full bloom!  I knew what it was asking… eat me, please… in a 7 layer dip.  So I obliged.

I started with a strong base layer of fat free refried beans, mixed with a little taco seasoning.

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Then came a thin, smooth layer of reduced fat sour cream.

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A sprinkle of onions, and a layer of tomatoes- 1/2 freshly chopped, 1/2 rotel (for a kick!)

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Then came the fresh avocado, which I mixed with fresh squeezed lime juice to protect the color and add some zing.

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A sprinkle of 50% reduced fat Cabot cheddar and my garden fresh cilantro later… a delicious dip dinner was born!

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I chowed down outside, and somehow managed to leave some for Hubbs.  It totally hit the spot!  And the Bug has a happy camper, too… she can never spend enough time outside with her sticks!

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What’s the craziest non-dinner dinner you’ve ever had?

Mine may be Mexican dip… or maybe in middle school when at sleepovers we’d have veggies and Catalina, followed by ice cream sundaes.  Now that I think about it… that sounds much more like a pregnant craving than Mexican dip.



  1. says

    You have to convince your husband to make you a garden and I have to convince mine to stop gardening and step away from his garden boxes. The dip looks so fresh and tasty!

  2. says

    I love a 7 layer bean dip!!!! I use refried black beans and it’s so YUM! I make my fair share of non-dinner dinners – for example, last night we had a bowl of black-eyed peas, cucumber, onion, cilantro, and lime juice :)

  3. says

    Oooh, I love 7 layer dip! Such a fun spring/summer recipe and never fails to please a crowd.

    I used to eat cereal for dinner all the time in college. The unhealthy, changes the color of your milk cereal :)

  4. says

    First of all, I love seven-layer dip…and it is impossible to resist.

    Secondly, it really is a well-balanced meal when you think about it.

    Third, I can’t believe you successfully grew cilantro…twice! It is one of the hardest herbs to grow…at least for me. :)

    Fourth, I eat “crazy” things for dinner all the time. Don’t even know WHERE to begin…

  5. says

    Nothing wrong with dip for dinner. YUM!! If Koda can have sticks for dinner, mom can have dip!! :) When I first lived on my own, I would often have cheese and crackers or cereal for dinner.

  6. says

    I think that sounds like a perfectly healthy dinner :) I won’t detail the not-so-healthy dinners I used to eat, especially in college! Thanks for the Cabot mention :)

  7. says

    I was just wondering this morning if it was too soon to plant some seeds inside. We still have snow on the ground, but it would be fun to get a little head start. Seeing your cilantro makes me even more anxious. :)

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