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Last Updated on January 17, 2018

10 Blow Your Mind Dipping Sauce Recipes That You Need To Try

10 Blow Your Mind Dipping Sauce Recipes That You Need To Try

A great dipping sauce can make or break your favorite recipe, or just take it to a whole new level. It’s also fun to use your favorite condiments and everyday ingredients you already have at home to make your own dipping sauce recipes right in your kitchen.

Did you know that you can even create restaurant-worthy dips, dressings, and dipping sauces of all kinds with just a handful of ingredients?

Give these 10 mind-blowing dipping sauces a try this week, and make your dishes go from delicious to dream-worthy in just a few minutes!

1. Copycat Outback Bloomin’ Onion Sauce

    Domestic Superhero

    Let’s face it—the classic Outback Bloomin’ Onion Sauce is a favorite among many people and is hard to beat when it comes to dipping sauce recipes. That’s why this copycat recipe by Domestic Superhero is a great one to try when you need an at-home fix!

    2. Comeback Sauce

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      She Wears Many Hats

      The name for this fabulous dipping sauce speaks for itself! You’ll want to come back to whoever serves you this sauce and keep it on hand on a regular basis. Feel free to sub in vegan substitutions if needed, and try it on everything from fries to veggies, served over grains or salads, or just serve it with your favorite chips!

      3. Cilantro Jalapeño Sauce

        Damn Delicious

        If you love Mexican dishes, this Cilantro Jalapeño Sauce is for you. Not only is it full of flavor, but it’s also packed with nutrition due to the fresh ingredients it contains too!

        4. Beauty-Boosting Tahini Turmeric Dressing (or Dip!)

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          The Soulful Spoon

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          Tahini is one of my favorite ingredients for making creamy sauces, dips and dressings without heavier nuts, dairy ingredients, or oil. It’s also perfect for combining sweet and savory ingredients. Boosting Tahini Turmeric Dressing (or Dip!) makes a great option for salads, chopped veggies, proteins of choice, grains, or even roasted sweet potato fries. The bonus point of this recipe? It’s packed with skin-boosting ingredients!

          5. Creamy Avocado Dip

            Gal on a Mission

            Avocado is the healthy ingredient of the decade it seems and when it comes to dipping sauce recipes, the creamy, fatty fruit makes a decadent option for your dips and sauces of all kinds. Give this Creamy Avocado Dip a try as a fun (and delicious way) to experiment with the healthy ingredient everyone is talking about!

            6. Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sauce

              House of Yumm

              If you’ve ever had the famous Chick-Fil-A sauce, you know how good it really is and how addictive it can be. So when your cravings for the fast food chain come calling, whip up this copycat recipe by House of Yumm!

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              7. Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Miso Dressing

                The Soulful Spoon

                Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Miso Dressing is a creation based on the unique flavors that miso brings to sauce recipes. Miso is a great savory ingredient and even contains live probiotics for gut health that makes it perfect for dipping sauce recipes. This recipe is sweet, spicy, and has a wonderful umami flavor that goes great with chopped veggies, fries, salads, chips, proteins of choice, and even rice or quinoa!

                8. Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce

                  Self-Proclaimed Foodie

                  As a Carolina girl myself, I must say that you haven’t had barbecue sauce until you’ve had it Carolina-style! Here in the south, we like to add a kick of mustard to our sauce and some versions also contain ketchup and mustard. Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce can be served over your favorite protein source or even used as a salad dressing—it’s that good!

                  9. Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce

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                    Averie Cooks

                    Sweet recipes make a nice option for dessert sauces, and infusing berries with wine is a great way to achieve a truly unique sauce without needing a ton of sugar to make it special. Dollop this Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce over a vanilla or chocolate cake, scones, or serve it over whole grain pancakes as a decadent breakfast-for-dinner option!

                    10. Awesome Sauce

                      Life Currents

                      Awesome Sauce features all vegan ingredients and makes a great dip for just about anything savory you can think of. It’s also the perfect way to end this round-up of mind-blowing dipping sauce recipes and is a pretty fun recipe to share with friends too!

                      For more easy dressing and dip recipes, try out these 30 irresistible options!

                      Featured photo credit: Heather McClees / The Soulful Spoon via heathermcclees.com

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                      Last Updated on November 20, 2018

                      10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                      10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                      A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

                      Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

                      1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

                      Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

                      If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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                      2. You put the cart before the horse.

                      “Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

                      3. You don’t believe in yourself.

                      A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

                      4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

                      The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

                      5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

                      If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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                      6. You don’t enjoy the process.

                      Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

                      The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

                      7. You’re trying too hard.

                      Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

                      8. You don’t track your progress.

                      Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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                      9. You have no social support.

                      It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

                      10. You know your what but not your why.

                      The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

                      Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

                      Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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                      Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

                      Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

                      Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

                      • The more specific you can make your goal,
                      • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
                      • The more encouraged you’ll be,
                      • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

                      I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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