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Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip
There’s one appetizer that, if all else fails, we WILL order at a restaurant: spinach artichoke dip. Hey, it’s what we do. We look at other options and then go with the one that we know we’ll both love and consume way too much of. However, I have to say that I’m a homemade spinach artichoke dip virgin. This dip has all of 4 ingredients and tastes heavenly. 1 box frozen spinach, thawed and with the liquid squeezed out1 bag frozen artichokes, thawed and with the liquid drained away2 wheels of Laughing Cow Swiss cheese (you can do the light version here as well)1 tsp garlic powder¼ tsp cayenne peppersalt and pepper to taste In a food processor (or, if you like it chunky you can just mix in a bowl) process all of the ingredients together. I repeat: DEVOUR. Tagged as: artichokes, healthier dip recipe, healthy appetizer, healthy spinach artichoke dip, laughing cow cheese, perfect appetizer recipe, spinach, spinach artichoke dip, Swiss cheese Related:  Snacks

Broccoli Bites for Kids File this under the Onion Soup Mix Recipe category, though there is no Lipton onion soup mix in site. I may even serve these at my next dinner party, they were that good! While babysitting for my 6 year old picky eater niece, I had to come up with a good lunch that would be fun for the two of us to make together. She is not a big broccoli fan (or any vegetable fan), but I told her we would add melted gooey cheese and form the patties with our hands. Please don't laugh when you read this recipe, it is terrific and easy. I made it my own by adding homemade breadcrumbs and fresh chopped steamed broccoli along with lowfat mozzarella cheese mixed with the cheddar. Broccoli Cheese Bites (adapted from My Tasty Treasures & WholeSomeBabyFood.com): 16 oz. package of frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained of liquid (I used fresh steamed broccoli) 1 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese 3 eggs salt & pepper 1 cup of seasoned Italian breadcrumbs Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.

baked kale chips I could never get into kale. Heck, I’ve long been timid about greens in general — the delicate ones like baby spinach and arugula were easy but as soon as things got a little heavier, I got nervous. When I finally found a respectable green I found palatable — Swiss chard, which I think of as the green for spinach people — I went to town with it: a tart, a spaghetti dish and then gratin. But I still couldn’t warm to kale. Because I didn’t like the way it tasted. But in February, I began seeing a recipe for baked kale chips flitting about the internet. Yes, crisp. [Psst. This week: We have flown the coop! One year ago: BialysTwo years ago: Swiss Easter Rice TartThree years ago: Rich Buttermilk Waffles Baked Kale Chips Adapted from a bunch of inspiring places 1 bunch (about 6 ounces) kale (I used Lacinato or “Dinosaur” Kale but I understand that the curlier stuff works, too, possibly even better) 1 tablespoon olive oil Sea salt, to taste Preheat oven to 300°F.

Homemade Auntie Annes Pretzels I'm sorry to be the bearer of another diet busting recipe... really I am! I'm not intentionally trying to sway you from your positive eating habits, but we all know the Superbowl is coming up and it's not a day to snack on fruits and vegetables. It's a day of indulgence- so enjoy it for what it is! Now I'm sure the title of this post intrigued most of you- many of you have probably had Auntie Annes Pretzels. It's impossible to walk through the mall and not get hit with that amazing aroma of fresh pretzels baking in the oven. It gets me every time! Well, I decided to give it a try and see for myself how authentic it really is and let me tell you- this is the real deal! Whether you like the traditional salted pretzel dipped in mustard or the sinfully delicious cinnamon and sugar pretzel dipped in icing, you have the instructions here to make them. Recipe Tips I recommend serving your pretzels immediately. Using a spoon, gently stir until your yeast dissolves: Then add your brown sugar: Salt:

Strawberry Kiwi Fruit Leather | FoodBabbles Maddy has been on a “fruit roll-ups” kick lately. Not the actual name brand kind that I so vividly remember peeling away from a cellophane wrapper when I was a kid. No, Maddy’s been eating the Gerber toddler kind. I don’t feel too bad about her eating them in moderation although if she had her way she would eat the entire box of 5 in one sitting. So the other day while at my in-laws house, my mother-in-law said “I can’t believe you haven’t tried making these from scratch yet.” The other brilliant and wonderful thing about homemade fruit leather is you can make it with hardly any sugar! Just ask Maddy! Enjoy! Strawberry Kiwi Fruit Leather Easy, healthy homemade fruit leather for a guilt-free treat. Ingredients 2 1/4 cups chopped strawberries 2 1/4 cups chopped kiwis 1 tablespoon lemon juice Sugar, to taste (I used 3 tablespoons) Instructions Place the fruit in a saucepan with the lemon juice over medium-low heat.

Mediterranean Spinach Artichoke Dip…and it’s a tad healthier! « The Culinary Chronicles I LOVE Chips. Potato chips, tortilla chips, corn chips, taro chips…….I can’t get enough of them. So you can imagine my utter glee when I received a big box of TOSTITOS® Artisan Recipes™ Tortilla Chips as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program. And what goes hand in hand with chips? Spinach Artichoke Dip is definitely one of my favorites—though I rarely indulge in it. I decided to go with a “Mediterranean” spin by adding sun dried tomatoes to the mix. To create a more figure friendly dip, I substituted two of the key ingredients with healthier alternatives. This “healthy” dip worked really well with the grained tortilla chip. If only I could make chocolate cake “healthier”………….. :) Mediterranean Spinach Artichoke DipServes 8 Ingredients: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, heat the oil from the sun dried tomatoes. Add Neufchatel, Greek Yogurt, Monterey Jack Cheese and paprika to the spinach mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes and then turn the broiler on. Like this: Like Loading...

Spicy Baked Green Bean Fries (with Meyer Lemon Aioli) We gotta talk about what you’re doing this weekend. I need to hear what you’re making, and who you’re rooting for…blah blah, we’ll get to it. Before we delve in, I need you watch this video. It’s important. Do me a solid and watch it, please. It’s going to make you laugh. I’m sort of obsessed with her reaction to meeting a baby sloth. There’s nothing crazy about baked green bean fries. They’re healthy, snappy, crunchy. They’re a little healthier since I opted to use multi-grain crackers, instead of bread crumbs. You can do either, if you like. After I ran the crackers through a food processor, I spread the mixture out on to a plate, added a little salt and a good amount of crushed red pepper. Like the typical vegetable fry, they went from flour to egg to crumbs. On a baking sheet and in the oven. While they were going at it in the oven, I made the meyer lemon aioli. Whoa. Spicy Baked Green Bean Fries (with Meyer Lemon Aioli) Print this recipe! 1. 2. 3.

Chinese Tea Eggs Eggs, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee soft-boiled with some kaya toast dipped into the runny yolk. And scrambled with some herbs and melty cheese. And simply cooked over-medium in melted butter. I love eggs any way, any time of the day. Tea eggs are a common street snack and even sold in convenience stores in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. - 6 eggs - 2 bags of black tea - 4 star anise - 1 cinnamon stick - 1/4 cup of soy sauce Place the eggs in a pot and fill with water until just covered. Place the eggs back into the pot of water and add the tea bags, spices and soy sauce. Alternatively, you can simmer the eggs for about 2-3 hours instead of soaking them overnight. (Ru ware image from here) zp8497586rq

stop buying granola bars & make these: no bake chocolate energy balls | {NATURAL} MOMMIE Something we spend far too much money on is healthy organic granola bars. At $4.99 for a box of 5, I just can’t justify it anymore! Solution? If you’ve ever searched recipes on how to make your own granola bars, you’ll find hundreds of variations of this recipe around but really it comes down to what’s in your pantry. My recipe for the above (I just eyeballed everything…no measuring cups required!). - 1 cup of oatmeal - 1/2 cup peanut butter - 1/3 cup cocoa powder - 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened (or sweetened) coconut - 3/4 cup of pecans (get your children to smash and crush them with a rolling pin!) - 1/3 cup of honey (or blue agave – whatever you have on hand) - 2 teaspoons of vanilla - handful or two of chocolate chips (optional) Mix really well in a med/large bowl, then let chill in fridge for a half hour. Other options: substitute with flax seeds, sesame seeds, ground flax, cooked quinoa, walnuts, almonds, sunbutter, almond butter, pea butter, wow butter, etc.

Spicy Corn Fritters with Raita Corn, or maize, is a traditional ingredient of comfort foods in my native American South. Although less complete nutritionally than several other grains, corn makes up for this with its versatility. Dried and milled, it’s used for our beloved cornbread, spoon bread, and hoecakes. Processed through the 3,000-year-old technique of nixtamalization, it gives us hominy and grits. In its fresh form, it finds its way into many of our favorite soups, main courses, side dishes, and salads. Fresh corn is harvested nine months of the year where I live in Florida and is often on the menu at our house. Ingredients For the raita: 1/2 “English” cucumber 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup plain yogurt 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/8 teaspoon cayenne Freshly ground black pepper, to taste For the fritters: Preparation Prepare the raita: Peel and coarsely grate the cucumber, mix with 1/2 teaspoon salt, wrap in a clean tea towel, and firmly wring out to express as much juice as possible.

Tootsie Rolls Recipe - How to Make Tootsie Rolls - Homemade Tootsie Rolls This recipe for homemade Tootsie Rolls makes soft, chewy candies with the familiar chocolate taste of Tootsie Rolls. If you want to make these extra special, roll them in chopped nuts or coconut at the end. Yield: 80-100 Tootsie Rolls Ingredients: 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped1/2 cup light corn syrup2 tbsp softened butter3/4 cup powdered milk1 tsp vanilla extract2-3 cups powdered sugar Preparation: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Individual Monkey Breads. Biscuits, butter, sugar, cinnamon. I think that’s all I need to say about this one. This stuff is astoundingly good. Monkey Breadfrom Ryan via The Pioneer Woman 3 cans Buttermilk biscuits (not the flakey kind)1/2 cup brown sugar1 cup sugar2-3 teaspoons cinnamon2 sticks butter Preheat the oven to 350. Open up all three cans of biscuits and cut each biscuit into quarters. Next, combine the white sugar with 2-3 teaspoons of cinnamon. 3 will be really cinnamon-y. Drop all of the biscuit quarters into a bundt pan (or jumbo muffin cups). Melt the butter with the brown sugar in a sauce pan over medium-high heat until combined. Bake for 30-40 minutes (or 20 minutes for the muffin cup ones) until the crust is deep brown on the top. I should now say that you should let it cool for about 15-30 minutes, but that’s practically impossible. Oh man, it’s good.

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