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Here’s one to get you started. I tend to take a very casual approach to following recipes, tending to go with “what looks and feels” like the right amount and adjusting the exact measurements each time. Feel free to experiment with the proportions to fit your tastes!
Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip
(Makes several generous servings. Use for a group or store leftovers in the fridge for future snacks)
Prep time: ~5 minutes
Cook time: 5-10 minutes (cook until the mixture is hot and well blended)
– 1/2 or 1 bag frozen chopped spinach
– 1 jar (or can) of artichoke hearts
– 1/2 of a lemon to squeeze a splash of lemon juice (can also buy lemon juice)
– 4 heaping tablespoons of nonfat plain yogurt
– 1/2 cup to 1 cup of Parmesan cheese (your preference)
– 4 minced garlic cloves or 4 tablespoons of bottled, chopped garlic to taste
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
Allow the frozen spinach to thaw in the fridge for several hours (or de-thaw in the microwave if you are in a time crunch). Peal, chop, and crush fresh garlic cloves or add 4 tablespoons of pre-chopped garlic (which you can find prepared near the produce of most grocery stores). Using a lot of garlic in this recipe really amps up the flavor without adding excess fat or calories so be generous with this ingredient if you like the flavor. Allow the veggies to cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add in a splash of lemon juice, the Parmesan cheese, and finally the non-fat yogurt.
Place a large frying pan on the stove top and add the olive oil, and garlic. Add the spinach and stir. Drain the artichoke hearts and slice or peal them into small pieces. Add the artichokes to the pan and stir ingredients well.
Serve hot. Great on toasted whole-wheat pita bread or pita chips. Also delicious on blue corn chips or toasted whole-wheat English muffins.
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