The thing about this recipe is it can easily be made A LOT healthier by just looking closely at labels. Typical recipes call for a can of Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilis. Be sure to find one that does not contain high fructose corn syrup. If there is any sugar in your tomatoes you'll want to make sure the ingredients label says only "sugar" and nothing else. The can I used actually didn't even have sugar. All the better!
Next, is the sausage. You want to look for one that is first of all, gluten free, but also one that has no msg, nitrates or preservatives. (See the label below.)
I can't stress enough how harmful MSG is to the brain! It can cause migraines, nausea, numbness, and even heart palpitations! Researchers say these side affects only are only "short term" but if it causes so much disturbance to the body, why eat it?!
Next is the the nitrates...Did you know expectant mothers are cautioned not to consume meats with nitrates? Why...because it can cause brain tumors in children! Yikes. Nitrates have also been linked to DNA mutations and cancer.
So my intent is not to scare you but to educate you! Look for these simple BETTER ingredients and you have a wonderful & delicious dip (with no side affects!) ;)
Sausage & Cheese Dip
Adapted by jalene
- 8 oz of Gluten Free Ground Sausage (I used one with no Nitrates, MSG, or preservatives)
- 1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese (use Vegan Cream Cheese to make it Dairy Free)
- 1 (14.5 oz) can of Diced Tomatoes with Green chilies (I used Muir Glen's Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Medium Green Chilies)
- Brown the sausage. Add the cream cheese and heat while stirring until softened. Add the can of tomatoes and mix until it is well combined. Serve warm with gluten free chips.