Spicy Red Pepper and Tomato Dip

I have just spent nearly 2 weeks in the freezing cold UK and came back a few days ago to beautiful sunshine but the temperature has definitely dropped, so away with the bikini’s and cute little shorts and out come the cosy scarves, winter woolies and fluffy gloves!   

I spent my time in London eating and drinking until I was ready to pop (but it was ok to have 2 puddings a day as I was on holiday!!).  So on top of feeling the need for vital winter vitamin boosts I also need a small sugar detox!  That goes for the kids too, Charlie’s routine was all over the place and already this week he has been a nightmare, I dare not leave the house for fear of public meltdown!

With this in mind when I was in the supermarket yesterday I went crazy buying fresh fruit and veggies stocking up my sad bare fridge, I raided the bio section for immunity boosting foods packed with vital germ busting vitamin C, I got some satsuma’s, red peppers (which amazingly have more vit C than oranges) and kiwi’s for my mini overdose!  

If your immune system is strong and working efficiently then even if you are hanging out with the sickest of people coughing and spluttering germs all over you then your body will fight them off and you won’t get sick.  Getting sick is the last thing that I want for myself or the kids, its awful seeing the little ones looking sad and sorry for themselves all curled up full of germs and its any Mum’s biggest nightmare looking after kids when you feel shocking, its hard enough at the best of times!

So after 10 days out of the kitchen I dragged myself back in there today and it was hard as I feel out of touch with it all, I didn’t know what I wanted to make and my usual enthusiasm was not bursting out of me with wonderful idea’s, but I knew if I didn’t get back into my routine then all the hard work is easily lost.

I got out the following ingredients, threw them all in the vitamix, asked Ella to say a magic spell and she waved the tamper and hoped for the best, I was so hungry I couldn’t bare for another kitchen whoopsie! 

2 red peppers (organic if possible) de-seeded 

2 tomatos (organic if possible)

1/2 a small red onion

a small handful of coriander 

1/2 tsp – 1 tsp of lazy chilli (depending on how spicy you like it – I use just over 1/2 tsp for a nice kick)

juice of 1 lemon

ground pepper to taste

Now the next 2 are optional, I just got them when I was back in London and they add a nutritional boosts and as Charlie still isn’t eating any meat I think it’s important to try to get vital vitamins, minerals and protein in him in anyway I can.

1/2 tsp of Liquid Aminos (I had seen this ingredient in a few recipes recently and bought some as it is a healthier alternative to soy sauce and salt and it also contains healthy important amino acids) – so this just added a salty taste and if you don’t use this then use salt instead

1 tsp of nutritional yeast (another source of vitamins and protein)

 

Put all ingredients into a blender and whizz up to a chunky but not too smooth consistency – best served chilled with crackers or chopped carrots, cucumber and celery sticks.  

It really was delicious, I wasn’t sure if it was my hunger playing games on my brain telling me it was tasty so served it this afternoon when my friends popped round and she confirmed it was a good one – so thought I was worthy of blog! 

For a kiddie friendly version just go easy on the lazy chili. 

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