Whenever my kids are home from school I brace myself for the onslaught…
“What can I eat?”
They never seem to eat what’s in their lunch box at school but on weekends and school holidays I can never keep the fruit bowl full for more than a day, and I feel like I spend my entire life either at the supermarket or in the kitchen. When they are home they are always hungry and I am always looking for quick and easy options to fill them up.
I used to buy lots of dip. Dip and crackers, dip and veggies, dip and bread – it’s an easy way to full my bottomless pit children. A while ago I happened to have look at the ingredients as I picked up yet another tub of olive dip from the supermarket – olives, mayonnaise and preservatives. That’s it, that’s what I was paying nearly $5 a tub for? Instead I started making own olive dip.
This dip is so easy to make it’s done in a few minutes. You just pop everything in the food processor, whiz it up, and it’s done.
You can also do this by hand if you don’t have a food processor (or you can’t be bothered cleaning it!), just dice the olives up nice and finely.
You can use any kind of olives you like. We use plain old green olives, because that’s what we have.
It doesn’t look the prettiest when you put it in the bowl, but it tastes great, and a sprinkle of chopped herbs on the top will make it look less like vomit!
- 1 cup of olives
- 2-3 cloves of galric
- 1 tbsp yoghurt
- 1-2 tbsp mayonnaise (to taste)
- A couple of sprigs of mint
- Put the olives, garlic and mint into the food processor and whiz until everything is finely minced.
- Or chop the olives, garlic and mint until they are finely minced.
- Stir through the yoghurt and mayonaise, sprinkle some chopped mint in to the top and serve with veggie sticks and crackers.
Please note: this recipe uses Australian measurements, if you need to convert measurements you can find our printable cooking conversion chart here.
Some veggie sticks, a big bowl of pita chips, and some olive dip fill up my ‘starving’ children, at least for a little while.
What do you feed your hungry hoards for lunch during the holidays?
I first made this dip back in 2011 (which is why some of the comments have such old dates on them). We’ve made it so many times since I thought it was time for an update and reshare.