A Bite Inspired by… Guy’s Grocery Games (TV Show):
I love getting super creative in the kitchen. Cooking should be fun and I always love a good challenge. This delicious recipe for Creamy Vegan Fruit Dip was inspired by a cooking game from one of my favorite Food Network TV shows: Guy’s Grocery Games. The challenge is to create a dish where every ingredient starts with the same letter of the alphabet. Read on to find out more about how playing this game resulted in one of my new favorite snacks!
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If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you probably know by now that I’m a huge fan of Food Network. So I decided it was time to do another recipe inspired by one of my Food Network favorites: Guy’s Grocery Games aka Triple G! This show is hosted by, none other than, Guy Fieri. Now, I know people have a lot of varying opinions about him, but personally, I adore him. I just think he has a such a fun personality and who can say no to those frosted tips? ?
If you’ve never seen the show, each episode features four chefs competing in various cooking games/challenges within a gigantic grocery store. The show has three rounds. In each round, the contestants have to shop for their ingredients and cook a dish, but the catch is that each round features a different challenge. The winner walks home with up to $20,000.
This show is a blast to watch because: 1) The grocery store the show takes place in is called “Flavortown Market”. I mean, come on. The ridiculous name alone is a reason to watch. 2) How can you not be entertained by four grown adults running around so-called “Flavortown Market” like crazy people, pushing giant shopping carts? Sometimes they even run head first into each other. This is quality entertainment, people. 3) Despite the first two extremely compelling reasons to watch, the most fun thing about the show is the different cooking challenges that Guy presents the contestants with. Some examples include: Odd or Even (chefs can only shop for their dish ingredients in either the odd or even numbered aisles), Watch your Weight (chefs are constrained in their ingredient choice by a certain weight limit), and Budget Battle (chefs have a certain budget constraint in shopping for their dish ingredients). You get the idea.
One of my favorite games played on the show is “ABC”. In this game, Guy picks a letter at random out a bag and chefs can only use ingredients that start with that letter in their dish. I love this idea—it’s definitely a challenge, but it’s tons of fun! So, I decided that I wanted to play too. Why should the people on TV have all the fun? I had my friend pick a letter at random for me and then give me a category to cook for. She chose the letter “C” and told me to make a snack that only contains ingredients starting with that letter. Challenge accepted!
Since I made a Smoky Vegan Ranch Dip in my last post about a Food Network show, I decided I wanted to give myself an extra challenge and make another vegan dip (always an overachiever, right?) to represent this show. Since the Smoky Vegan Ranch is a savory dip for veggies and crackers, I decided that I wanted to make a sweet dip for fruit and cookies using only “C” ingredients. I wanted the dip to be creamy (another “C” word!), but wanted to ensure that it would be vegan. With that in mind, these are the ingredients I chose:
Coconut milk yogurt
YUM! I should play this game more often—this dip is delicious! The coconut milk yogurt is sweet, creamy, and slightly tangy with a hint of coconut flavor making it the perfect base for this dip. Then, I added coconut whipped cream to the yogurt to give it a fluffier consistency. Finally, the cinnamon and shaved chocolate add nice sweet, warm notes to the dip. I used a microplane to shave my chocolate, but you can also buy chocolate shavings at most grocery stores. This dip pairs perfectly with fruit, crackers, marshmallows, or anything else sweet. Serve it on a pretty dip tray (you can get the same one I used in my pictures, right here) and you have a simple and delicious party snack, appetizer, or dessert.
Thanks Guy’s Grocery Games for the inspiration! Without the ABC game, I wouldn’t have discovered one of my new favorite snacks. See guys? You CAN challenge yourself by sitting on the couch watching TV. 😉
- ½ cup plain coconut milk yogurt
- ½ cup coconut whip
- 2 teaspoons shaved chocolate
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Assorted fruit, cookies, pound cake, for serving
- Add coconut milk yogurt and coconut whip into a bowl. Mix well.
- Add chocolate and cinnamon. Stir until combined.
- Serve with fruit or anything else sweet. Enjoy!