Pea and avocado dip

This pea and avocado dip can be whizzed up very quickly in a food processor or with a stick blender so it’s ideal when you’re tired or can’t stand up for long. I can eat this dip on its own but often have it with some  tomatoes, cucumber sticks and slices of red pepper for lunch. Pitta crisps make a good alternative. Sometimes I swap coriander or basil for the mint and lime for the lemon but I like to keep this simple and fresh by not adding other ingredients such as tahini, yoghurt, chilli and garlic. But of course, do feel free to experiment with what suits you. And it’s vegan.

Avocado and pea dip with pitta crisps
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  • Month 10 after the TKR

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