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Delicious, Health-Conscious Queso Dip For Parties!

We’re entering the busiest “party” season of the year. With all the goodies available, it’s nice to have some alternative recipes to help us feel a little balanced.  We’ve got a delicious, health-conscious queso dip for parties.

Here’s my Alternative Styles co-host Jesse Brune’s new take on our favorite queso dip. He adds healthy ingredients without compromising the flavor. It’s nice to know the party doesn’t have to stop just because you’re eating right! Give it a try and let us know what you think!

health-conscious queso dip

HEALTH-CONSCIOUS QUESO FRESCO (Serves 4)

INGREDIENTS
1 TBSP coconut oil (olive oil is OK)
2 shallots, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, seeds removed, diced
1 tsp., cornstarch
1 cup, spicy tomato salsa
1/2 cup, butternut squash, cubed
1/2 cup, plain Greek yogurt
1 cup, organic non-fat milk 
2 cups, light cheddar cheese, grated
salt and black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS
Bring a small pot of water to boil over the stovetop. Place the cubed butternut squash in water and boil until soft, about 5-8 minutes. Remove pot from heat and strain hot water. Rinse with cool water and place the butternut squash in a small bowl. Smash the butternut squash until it resembles mashed potatoes. Place aside.

Place a medium saucepan over medium heat on the stovetop. 
Heat the coconut oil in the pan and add the garlic, shallots, and jalapeno.
Cook the ingredients until the shallots become translucent and the garlic becomes fragrant.
Sprinkle cornstarch over the ingredients, and mix.
Add the salsa to the pan and stir with a wooden spoon — cook for about 1 minute.
Stir in the butternut squash puree — mixing well, then continue to stir as you add the milk.
Mix in the cheese. Continue to stir until the cheese melts.
Once the cheese has melted, remove from heat and mix in the yogurt.
Taste queso and season with salt and/or pepper until the desired flavor is achieved.

 

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When teamed up with her bestie Jesse Brune, they share fun tips from fashion to food to DIY and décor in their Super Easy videos on their  Super Easy YouTube channel.

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