Last week I received a rather large container of fresh basil in my Chow Locally box. Typically I’m super excited to get fresh basil, but this time I was perplexed. Usually the basil comes in bunches which makes it easy to store. Do you know how you are supposed to store fresh basil? It keeps best placed in a vase with water, like you would fresh flowers. I love having my bouquet of fresh basil on my windowsill, so I can pick off a couple of leaves at a time to cook with or put in my water using my ZingAnything Aqua Zinger. Oh yes, I love sipping on cucumber basil infused water. Anyhow, this basil was not in a bunch and there was a lot of just leaves, so there was no way I could put it in a vase. So I just stuck it in the fridge. I started noticing brown spots on the basil the next day. I knew I had to act fast and use it. They say you can freeze basil, but I wasn’t interested in that.
So I made a quick and easy dip, that could easily be turned into a spread for bagels or toast as well.
The secret ingredient to this dip is Tajin Seasoning. I found it at Costco and have been in love ever since. It’s a mixture of chile powder, salt and lime. I have sprinkled it on everything…salad, deviled eggs, popcorn. It’s amazing. It adds just a little kick to everything. I didn’t use enough to make it spicy, just to add flavor. If I wasn’t so lazy, I could probably just mix the salt, chile powder and lime juice together and add it to stuff, but Tajin saves me the work.
Nutrition Information: Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 25mg Sodium: 142mg Carbohydrates: 3g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Protein: 2g
The Mr. wouldn’t even wait for it to chill in the fridge. He had his bagel toasted and ready before I was finished preparing the dip. Oh and he was super annoyed that he had to wait until I took a picture. It must be rough living with a blogger.
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