Wednesday, December 28, 2011

RECIPE: Spinach Artichoke Dip (Vegan)

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One of my favorite dips is spinach artichoke dip.  If I order it in a restaurant, I'm sure to get a bowl of gooey, cheesy, green-flecked goop, that (let's face it) tastes amazing.  It also probably has a million calories in it.  (Well, maybe not that many.)

Since I put a few extra pounds on for Christmas, I decided to make a vegan version of spinach artichoke dip.  There are only four ingredients and it is simple to make.  Prepare it immediately before serving, since it may begin to separate.

This dip is a healthy alternative to the cheesy, cooked dip.  The garlic and olive oil give the dip the savory taste you desire, while the artichokes create a creamy texture to compliment a crisp cracker or crunchy vegetable.  The addition of spinach adds many health benefits.

"Like other dark greens, spinach is an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful disease-fighting antioxidant that's been shown, among other things, to reduce the risk of developing cataracts. It fights heart disease and cancer as well."  (Discovery Health)

Discovery Health also lists spinach as a natural weight loss food!

 First, I put all of the ingredients in my Vitamix.
(A food processor will work too.)
Here is another view of the spinach, artichokes, garlic,
and olive oil.
Then, I ran my Vitamix on medium speed,
using the tamper to help mix everything together.

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*2 c. loosely packed fresh spinach
*14 oz. can of artichoke hearts
*1 garlic clove, peeled
*1 tsp. olive oil


1.  Drain artichokes.  Add all ingredients to high speed blender with tamper or food processor.  Blend thoroughly.  Serve immediately.

Have you gained weight during the holidays?  What is your plan to take the extra pounds off?
  • Come back tomorrow for Apricot Pepper Dip!

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