(content previously published on old Filigreen blog)
Scenario: It's 6:03 p.m. on a weekday. Younger kiddo has been home from school for a couple of hours, had her snack earlier, been playing and doing homework, but she won't be hungry for a while still. Husband and older kiddo come in the door, tired, hungry, irritated by traffic or worn out from musical practice, ravenous and looking in the fridge for something quick to eat. We are watching fat and avoiding refined carbs, so what can I give them to eat that's fast, healthy, and not too filling, because supper will be ready soon? More and more lately, the answer is Mast-o-Khiar, a Persian Yogurt-Cucumber Dip.
Introduced to me by my dear Persian sisters-in-law, this dip is a refreshing alternative to salsa for whole-grain chips and toasted pita bread. We always have the raw ingredients and it goes together in less than ten minutes. Sometimes I get it made earlier in the day and the flavors have time to mingle, and sometimes I put it together while they go change clothes and just go a little heavier on the ingredients to push up the flavor immediately. We eat it with whole-grain chips or boxed baked pitas, or I toast a couple of whole-wheat pitas to tear into handy pieces for dipping. It's greatly adaptable to personal taste - this is the way we like it, but people also add chopped walnuts, raisins, mint instead of dill, etc. It is also widely used as a condiment in Persian cuisine, served alongside chicken or beef kabobs and rice.
2 c. fat-free Greek-style yogurt (we like Fage)
1 cucumber, peeled, 1/4" dice
2 green onions, trimmed, halved, minced
1 1/2 TBS. dried dill weed or 3 TBS. fresh dill weed, minced
6-8 pickled jalapeno slices, minced
salt & pepper to taste
Mix, refrigerate, enjoy!
I am Kelly - a wife, mother, cook, gardener, sewist, and much more. Creativity is the gift that I have been blessed with, and it has been a river of blessings to me. A creative outlet is good for you, body and soul. This blog is about helping you find ways to fit more creativity into your life, to enrich your own life and that of others.