Healthy and Easy Artichoke Dip Recipe

by Pamela

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What do these events have in common: a fancy dinner party, lunch time, the super bowl, snack time, a casual dinner with friends, a cleansing detox – Think I’ve lost my mind?  Well, the answer is that I have made this Healthy and Easy Artichoke Dip Recipe for all of those occasions. (I thought the answer was kind of obvious.)

Three days into my clean detox things are going well.  The sugar cravings are starting to die down, my skin is beginning to break out, I haven’t yelled at the dog or kicked my husband once (not even twice).  Oh, doing a cleanse is so much fun.  But I know that this only goes on for a few days and then the skin clears up beautifully.  But since I am having so many liquid meals during the day, I do find myself looking for some “food” when it’s snack time.  Sometimes that bigger meal at lunch leaves me craving for food that needs some chewing about an hour or so later.

Having a snack at the ready is really important whether you’re on a diet or not.  By having this artichoke dip already prepared (or something else at the ready) you won’t be so tempted to reach for those cookies or crackers.  Because this vegan dip doesn’t have any dairy in it, you can even keep it in your desk drawer (unrefrigerated) so you’re always at the ready should those hunger pangs start.

But this easy artichoke dip is so much more versatile than a simple “go to” snack.  You can serve it in a plastic container or dress it up in your finest crystal topped with a drizzle of olive oil.  The distinctive Mediterranean flavors in this clean recipe will have everyone thinking that you spent forever making it.  Of course, they’ll also think (like with most dips) that it’s and indulgent calorie bomb.  Isn’t that what usually makes for a great party food – it’s total lack of concern of calorie and fat content?  But that’s where this party dip throws you a curve ball.  One of the things that makes this easy artichoke dip so great, is the luxurious mouthfeel it has.  The puréed white beans give the dip it’s creamy texture, which would normally come from copious amounts of cheese.  So you get to feel like you’re being bad when you’re really being quite good to yourself.  The other thing that makes this artichoke dip so amazing is that it’s incredibly easy to make and with just a few simple ingredients you’ve got a party dip with tons of flavor.

Relationship Advice

The end of one year and beginning of another has long been the impetus for people to create lists.  Lists of things to do, not to do, eat, not to eat, what’s hot and what’s not.  In that tradition, scientists (a British group called Sense About Science (SAS)) have also checked in with their list for the new year.  They’ve decided to tackle the ever important topic of health claims made by celebrities.

  • David Beckham and Kate Middleton wear silicon bracelets with holograms that claim to give the wearer improved energy and fitness.  FALSE
  • The Master Cleanse (a diet of water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper) will not make you healthier (but could explain Naomi Campbell’s phone throwing fits, Ashton Kutcher’s weird tweets and may just be the embalming fluid for Demi Moore)
  • Sarah Harding sprinkles ground up charcoal on her food to absorb “bad stuff.”  That’s what your colon’s for, so that would be FALSE too.
But the best claim comes from cage fighter Alex Reid:
It’s actually very good for a man to have unprotected sex as long as he doesn’t ejaculate. Because I believe that all that semen has a lot of nutrition. A tablespoon of semen has your equivalent of steak, eggs, lemons and oranges. I am reabsorbing it into my body and it makes me go raaaaahh.
Ladies, isn’t that the same kind of crap your guy keeps trying to convince you of so that you’ll give him the perfect “wake up” or when you say that you need to add more protein to your diet?  Says reproductive research scientist John Aplin, “In fact sperm die after a few days, and the nutritional content of the ejaculate is really rather small.
So let your guy know that if he wants to go RAAAAAHH, he’s either going to have to go and lift some weights or wrap that sucker and you’ll help him out.
“Science sense” list trashes celebrity health tips (Reuters)

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Healthy and Easy Artichoke Dip Recipe

Makes 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 14 Ounce Can Artichoke Hearts
  • 1 15.5 Ounce Can Great Northern Beans
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 6 Pitted Kalamata Olives
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • Sea Salt
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Directions

Place all ingredients in the bowl of your food processor, except salt and pepper.
Purée all ingredients until only very small pieces of the artichoke are visible.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Top with a drizzle of olive oil and Kalamata Olives.
Serve with cut vegetables or crackers.

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24 comments

Johnie Gordinier May 18, 2011 at 9:08 am

Nice post, I am currently writing an article on this topic. If you do not have an objection I might borrow a snippet. In case I do I will note your blog and add a link.

Becky Hunt January 29, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Thanks for stopping by. I love to cook, too, and this is something I will make. I have enjoyed the stories that I have read. I could spend a lot of time here.

Maggie January 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Thanks for sharing – this looks like something I have GOT to try.

Sara @ Saucy Dipper January 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Great idea! Can’t wait to try this one.

Lentil Breakdown January 8, 2011 at 9:52 pm

OMG! Olive the sound of this so much, am getting ‘choked up just thinking about it! Olive your photo too.

Honey January 7, 2011 at 10:00 am

This dip looks sooooooooo good and healthy. I would never have thought to combine artichokes and beans. Great job! I’ll have to try this recipe out.

lisaiscooking January 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Artichoke dip is one that I can never resist, so I love seeing this healthier version. I’d love this as a spread for a sandwich too. Obviously, I need to make this soon!

Pamela January 7, 2011 at 7:25 am

Lisa, this makes a perfect sandwich spread! You could even use it as a bruschetta topping.

Debi (Table Talk) January 6, 2011 at 11:12 am

Christmas cookie detox is well underway at our house; sure do miss those treats, but my jeans are happy they are gone.
Love that this dip gets some warmth from the beans…it’s not cheese, but offers a flavorful substitute when you are trying to stay light.

Kerry January 6, 2011 at 7:43 am

This looks awesome! I love artichokes and get annoyed that all the dips are so unhealthy, so I’m excited to try this one! I’m not a big olive fan, so I might try adding some spinach, or just the recipe sans olives! Thanks so much!

Pamela January 7, 2011 at 7:23 am

Hi Kerry – I’m not a big olive fan either, but I recently found out that if I puree the crap out of them they’re not so “olivey” and I can still get that briny flavor. You may want to try substituting a teaspoon of capers for the olives. That way you’ll still get that briny kick that blends so well with the lemon and garlic. Throwing in the spinach would definitely up the healthy in this too.

SMITH BITES January 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Perfect – these kinds of dips are just perfect not only this time of year, but always, always because yes, great mouthfeel & texture, rich without the added calories of sour cream or cream cheese. And beautiful too – perfect!

Pamela January 5, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Thanks! Yes, this one can be made all year long. It feels good eating something that tastes so bright this time of year though.

Lana January 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I am taking a break, too, but from fermented and distilled beverages. So far, so good. But that’s not the reason to justify eating bonbons and Godiva chocolates I received from my middle daughter, as I was doing these last three days.
Tomorrow is Serbian orthodox Christmas Eve, and even though we do not follow the religiousness, we follow the tradition and rituals. Tomorrow is a no dairy, no egg, no meat day – only seafood is allowed.
I do not want to make a fussy meal, and your dip just filled the empty appetizer slot!
Nobody needs extra calories (and I will not tell Husband nor oldest daughter that this is low-fat dish) and I can indulge and feel superior knowing I fooled everyone!
Looking forward to seeing you on 22nd!

Pamela January 5, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Looking forward to finally meeting you. I’m happy to hear you’re going to make the dip…I think you and your family are really going to like this.

Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} January 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm

looks and sounds delicious, I love artichokes, the combo with the beans sounds great, and YUM! Kalamata olives, with I could reach out and taste it now!

Pamela January 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm

C’mon over….I’ll share what’s left.

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