Recipes for healthy party dips

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SALT LAKE CITY -- When you go to a holiday party, you can usually expect to eat a lot of unhealthy foods. It seems like party hosts always have some yummy, fattening holiday dips and spreads to try.

Lydia Martinez from the Whole Foods Market on 400 South in Salt Lake City gave us some ideas for healthy holiday dips you can serve at any holiday party.

Edamame Guacamole

1 cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed
1 small, ripe avocado, peeled & pitted
1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped (optional)
1/3 bunch cilantro
1/4 white onion, roughly chopped
Juice of 2 limes
2-3 Tbsp water
Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste

Put edamame, avocado, chipotle, cilantro, onion, and lime juice in a food processor and pulse until almost smooth. Add enough water to make a creamy consistency and pulse again. Transfer guacamole to a bowl, season with salt and pepper and serve.

Oil-free Hatch Green Chile Hummus

2 garlic cloves
1 (15 oz) can no-salt-added garbanzo bean, rinsed and drained
2 Tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
1/4 cup water - more if needed
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp reduced sodium tamari
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1 (6 oz) can hatch green chilies, drained
Cayenne pepper to taste
2 Tbsp finely chopped parsley

Put garlic in a food processor and pulse to roughly chop. Add garbanzos, tahini, water, lemon juice, tamari, cumin, coriander, hatch chilies, and a pinch of cayenne (you may add more later to increase the heat), and process until creamy and smooth. Transfer to a bowl, cover and chill for at least 1 hour.

Spinach Artichoke Dip with White Beans

1 (15 oz) can no-salt white beans, drained and rinsed
1 (8 oz) jar artichoke hearts in water, rinsed
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups spinach, blanched
2 lemons, juiced
1/4 cup shaved parmesan-optional (save some for garnish)

Put white beans, artichokes, garlic, spinach, lemon juice and parmesan in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Garnish with shaved parmesan. It can be served warm by heating in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

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