Have you noticed that as the years go by, it seems to get harder to get together with friends? Not to make myself sound old, but I remember those years in college and my 20s when I didn't need to "make time" to hang with friends, we were just always together. Now, even with my gals who don't have kiddos, it feels like we have to pencil in time to hangout 3 weeks in advance.
The thing is, time with friends is no less important to me. In fact, it may be more important to me than ever. Just like I need enough sleep and plentiful snacks, girl time is just as essential to my happiness. There's something about that feeling of connection when a friend shares something difficult or laughing together over something silly that just fills me up. It's like a moment of comfort and confidence knowing you're in it together. Do you know that feeling?
I'm in the throws of wedding party planning, which brings along with it those deep thoughts about what this one particular relationship means to me. I love my fiance, Barrett, more than anything - there's certainly no shortage of silliness and laughter in our life. But, I have learned that maintaining and building other relationships in my life only makes me a more fulfilled person and thus a better partner to him. I have also found that with everyone's crazy-busy schedules, it takes a bit more effort these days to make time for those friendships and not to let one relationship come at the cost of others.
One simple little thing that I have found that makes it easier to make time for a social life is to have quick, easy recipes that I can make with ingredients on-hand. As much as I love to cook, I hate it when "I don't have time to make anything" becomes the reason to not have friends over.
Cinco De Mayo, an always-welcome excuse to drink margaritas and eat spicy Mexican food with friends, inspired me to create this quick-n-easy, crowd-pleaser, Mexican-themed dip with 5 ingredients, 2 minutes and 1 bowl. Perfect fuel for a party!
- 1 cup Greek yogurt, plain
- 1/2 cup nonfat ricotta*
- 1 can of green chiles from Trader Joe's (pictured below)
- 1/2 cup of tomatillo salsa (I used the one pictured below, again from Trader Joe's, but any green salsa would be good)
- 1 bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
If you're feeling spicy, some fresh jalapeno in there would be nothing short of amazing. If you're like me, you may also want to toss in a bit more salt.
* Ricotta helps make the dip thicker - if you use a really thick yogurt, this may not be necessary. Feta would also work well if that is what you have on hand.
Mix it all together in a bowl and serve with chips and veggie sticks, then share with friends.
Total time: 2 minutes
This post is dedicated to my Zest partner, Megan, because today is her birthday! Woot Woot!
On that note, she is an amazing example of someone who knows how to make time for her friends. She started her bday off by getting her girls together at 6 a.m. for run along the Portland waterfront. I'm so grateful for friends like Megan also willing to get up at 5 a.m. to prioritize doing things together.
Hope you love this dip and get to eat with a friend!
Love & Zest,