Veggies with Kid Appeal

A couple of years ago, when my oldest daughter was three, she and I were wheeling our grocery cart down the produce aisle.  “Broccoli, Mommy!  I want some broccoli!  Can we get some?  Please, Mommy?”  Though slightly embarrassed by her rather loud attention-getting request, I couldn’t help but be a little proud.  My child was begging for broccoli… in public.  Wah-hoo!

It remains her favorite today.  Raw broccoli, with dip.  The with dip is of utmost importance, because she refuses it without.  She doesn’t care for it cooked, either.  *Sigh*  A little less jealous now, aren’t you?

Raw veggies and dip are a refreshing addition to any finger food buffet.  My sister-in-law provided a lovely tray at Christmas that was quickly devoured, and I plan to prepare one for New Year’s Eve also.  If I’m going to be mindlessly snacking until midnight while playing cards, I might as well be snacking on something healthy!  And by the way, talk about super easy.  My kids love this stuff… why don’t I serve a tray at every meal?!?


While I often default to ranch dip for the handiness factor, this dill dip is a yummy alternative that isn’t quite as sweet and seems to hold up better when left out for a party.  The little bit of extra effort is so worth it!

Dill Veggie Dip

  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 1 T. dried minced onion
  • 1 T. dried minced parsley
  • 1 tsp. dill weed (NOT dill seed)
  • 1 tsp.  Beau Monde seasoning (I googled recipes for this seasoning, but haven’t tried any yet)

Blend all ingredients.  Chill.  Serve with raw veggies or chips.


Hop on over to Life as Mom for other great kid-friendly party foods for your New Year’s celebrations. Then come back here for some New Year’s Family Fun ideas. A visit to A Simple Walk tomorrow will provide suggestions for New Year’s crafts and decorations. Let’s celebrate!

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  1. Sounds good. Happy New Year!

  2. This sounds so good. After all of the non-healthy food I have eaten this holiday season, I need more veggies.

  3. I love a good dill dip! I really LOVE that your daughter screamed for brocilee in the grocery store. I know the other mothers in there were jealous of you : ).

  4. Fun! 🙂 My 2yo daughter loves broccoli, too, and asks for it often in the store/restaurants. So funny.

    I make a similar dip, sometimes, too. I’ve never heard of Beau Monde seasoning, though. I just add some garlic powder, celery seed, and salt & pepper, instead. (If I’m using homemade mayo, I add a dash of sugar too, but store-bought mayo is usually sweeter.)

    Michele 🙂

  5. I need to try this, we love vegies and dip and I get tired of Ranch dressing

  6. This dip sounds delicious! I’m going to consider making it for our annual Super Bowl Sunday party. Thanks! ~Arleen

  7. My children love raw vegetables with dip. I usually give them ranch dressing, but I will definitely try this recipe. Thank you.

  8. I like making vegies and dip for the kids and hubby. I am going to try this recipe.


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