Olive Oil Bread Dip

Bread. Oh, delicious, bread.  Plain, buttered, toasted or dipped. I’m a fan of it all.  This easy dip is similar to those you’d find when dining out at an Italian restaurant.  I am so excited to share this recipe using these ingredients to create a perfectly balanced olive oil dip recipe.  I received this product free from Moms Meet, May Media Group LLC, who received the product directly from the manufacturer.  As a Moms Meet Blogger I agreed to try this product and share my opinions (which, are, as always, 100% my own).

Olive Oil Dip

Farchioni olive oil has just a hint of a fruity, yet delicate, taste because it is a European EVOO, which works perfectly with the other ingredients in this recipe.  By using the best ingredients, like Farchioni extra virgin olive oil and freshly cracked pepper, you can create a nice appetizer at home.

Olive Garden Dip Recipe


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

4 cloves of garlic (minced)

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/4 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

Mix ingredients well in a small bowl or ramekin.  Serve with cubed bread pieces (Italian or French bread, something with a nice crust).

This recipe can be modified depending on your taste.  I prefer more red pepper flakes, but my kids don’t like the extra kick.  It’s an easy enough recipe that I can happily make two batches!


Vegan Chocolate Cookies

Healthy Vegan Cookies

My teenager recently became vegan.  While the rest of our home remains omnivores (with a love for meat), I still make sure she’s able to enjoy dessert and special treats as much as possible.  My husband called me the other night while I was at a meeting at the kids’ school and asked what, if anything, was for dessert?  I had pudding ready to go for the boys, but was stumped at what to offer our little vegan.  I joked with my husband, “Name a dessert without dairy?  I dare you!”.  It is tougher than you think!  With a bit of playing around, I came up with this recipe using substitutes for the dairy, sugar and eggs in most cookie recipes.


Avocado Vegan Cookies

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1 avocado, peeled and mashed well

1/2- 1 cup agave nectar (or honey) depending on taste and how sweet you want these

1 tsp baking soda mixed with 1 tbsp of white vinegar  (this is an egg substitute)

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup (or MORE!) vegan chocolate chips

1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix mashed avocado, agave nectar (these won’t be very sweet unless you add the full cup and even then they are still semi-sweet) and egg substitute (1 tsp baking soda and 1 tbsp vinegar).

Add cocoa powder and baking soda.

Lastly, add those chocolate chips.

Spoon dough onto parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.

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