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.
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.
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.
Healthy and Easy Artichoke Dip Recipe
- 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