A couple of years ago my sister-in-law made this dip for a family party...I have never seen something disappear so fast! The dip was sooooooo good it could only make a person wonder, "What in the world is in this?!" Would you believe only 3 simple ingredients? So apparently this recipe has been around for a while and to some it's well known, but for those who have never tried it...MAN. That's all I have to say.
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
(Gluten Free, Can be Dairy Free)
Adapted by jalene
Image from http://moosaidthemama.blogspot.com
Look for Ground Sausage that looks like this label.
Maybe it's because I used to live in Idaho but I love a good potato. Now, cut it into a stick and fry it up...that's even better! Yes, I'm talking about the french fry. (Nothing french about it though- they're actually called "french" because of the style of the cut.)
I know some french fries aren't the healthiest of items, especially when you eat them at specific restaurants. Take McDonalds for instance...they have graciously listed the ingredients of their french fries (which you would think should look something like this: Potatoes. BUT instead looks something like this:
"French Fries: Potatoes, vegetable oil (canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, natural beef flavor [wheat and milk derivatives]*, citric acid [preservative]), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain color), salt. Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to
preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.
CONTAINS: WHEAT AND MILK. *(Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients)"
YIKES! I know I have shared this before but it still kills me. Why do they need all those extra things? Now on the opposite end take In N Out - which when you walk in their doors, your french fries are still in the form potatoes!
Alright, enough about restaurant french fries. Let's make some at home!
French fries are a lot easier than they look. And you really don't need a special french fry making tool or anything. It could help but it's not necessary. In fact, when I made my fries I used a regular ol' knife. :) There's 2 different options on HOW to cook them below. One way allows you to make them simultaneously with my hamburger buns. They can cook side by side in the oven. Then once you decide how you want to cook them there's HOW you want to season them.
Choose your own adventure folks and enjoy!
Oven Baked Fries
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free)- they're just potatoes and oil basically;)
Created by jalene
Note from jalene:
This next recipe is a great idea on how to use up all of your dyed Easter Eggs! If you haven't tried deviled eggs before, they're delicious! In fact, I don't know if I ever even ate a deviled egg until I joined the Nielsen family. Now we have them at every holiday and occasional Sunday dinner. I remember a couple of years ago I decided to make them for my side of the family one holiday. Everybody turned up their noses! "Why are you making those?" was their response. But after they were made, it wasn't long before all of them were gone! This recipe is unique because it's not only gluten free but it's dairy free as well.
Easy Deviled Eggs
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, it can also be Soy Free by using Soy Free Vegenaise)
Adapted by jalene from a Better Homes & Garden recipe.
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