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Spinach & Artichoke Dip

This morning my tummy is still recovering from yesterday’s Super Bowl celebration. Johnny and I didn’t do anything toooooo crazy, we just had our close friend and his lovely lady over for some snacks and good times.When our friends showed up an hour earlier than I expected I hurried my little self up to get snacks on the table as fast as possible.

In all my haste, I neglected to snap a single picture of the Creole Crab Dip I made (which was totally why the Saints won by the way 🙂 ) or the Spicy Boneless Buffalo Wings, or the Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Blondies. I couldn’t not share a recipe with you guys, though, so although this dip was not in last night’s repertoire, it IS in my repertoire of recipes and is absolutely divine.

Spinach and Artichoke dip is one of my favorite favorite snacks to get when I’m out to eat. It’s creamy and cheesy and the perfect companion to anything crunchy and dipable. When I finally decided I wanted to try and make it for myself at home I started searching through dozens of recipes. In all of my searching, I noticed that one of the main ingredients in just about every recipe I found was mayonnaise.

I. HATE. MAYONNAISE.

Don’t ask me why. I couldn’t really tell you. Aside from the fact that it’s absolutely awful for you, averaging at around 100 calories per tablespoon and having little to no redeemable nutritional value, something about the way it jiggles and stares at me and – ugh – it just really grosses me out. So I decided, forget you mayo and forget you recipes, I’m coming up with my own.

The recipe I’m sharing with you is all my own. I replaced the *shudder* mayo with nonfat yogurt to lend a creamy texture without all the fat and repulsiveness and I added some white wine to thin out the mixture while adding a lovely, more sophisticated zip to the dip. The red bell pepper was another touch of mine because I love the sweet crunch it adds to the finished dip and because it’s my recipe and what I say goes. Heh. 🙂

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

  • 1 package frozen, chopped spinach, defrosted and drained of all liquid
  • One 8-ounce package reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • One 6-ounce container nonfat yogurt
  • One 8-ounce jar marinated artichoke hears, drained and chopped
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • ½ of a small, red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or oregano
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. In a large sauté pan, add the spinach, cream cheese, yogurt, and artichokes. Over high heat, stir until the ingredients become a smooth mixture.
  3. Add the wine and allow to cook for about 5 minutes, until the mixture thickens.
  4. Add the bell pepper, garlic, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes and parmesan. Mix to combine.
  5. Pour the mixture into a 9 inch pie plate or baking dish. Top with mozzarella and more seasonings if desired.
  6. Bake at 400° until hot and bubbly and the cheese is melted.
  7. Serve with carrots, celery, and homemade pita chips!

February 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm 2 comments

Sunday Brunch

After an insanely busy first week of school, I had the weekend to sleep in and recuperate. So of course, I slept until noon. Bwahahahahahaha!

Anywhosers, nothing makes me happier in the morning/afternoon than a delicious meal with my love bug. So I woke up, got my tush in the kitchen, popped on my new iPod (complements of the aforementioned love bug this Christmas – golly he’s the best) and I got to work.

What was on the menu, Jen?!” I know you’re all dying to know.
  1. Jiffy Corn Muffins. *Gasp* From a box?! Yes.  Because they are cheap and delicious and take all of seven seconds to mix up and bake.
  2. A fresh, hot pot of coffee.
  3. Fresh naval orange segments.
  4. A Caramelized Onion and Spinach Frittata.

Is your mouth watering yet? Don’t lie to me, I know it is.
And if for some insane reason it’s not, let’s take a look shall we.

Mmmmmmmmmmmm. Brunch.

You can’t tell me you don’t want some of that. I really insist you make this for yourself. Perhaps this weekend. You won’t be sorry. 🙂

Caramelized Onion and Spinach Frittata

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 large white onion, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 cups spinach, washed and dried
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup nonfat milk
  • ¼ cup italian cheese blend, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the onions. Season with pepper and italian seasoning.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and allow the onions to cook until a caramel color is reached and onions are soft. (This takes patience, as it can take about a half an hour for the onions to caramelize completely. It’s worth the wait.)
  3. Add the garlic and the spinach and allow it to wilt and reduce in volume.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs,milk, and italian cheese blend. Pour over the onion and spinach mixture. Raise the heat on the pan to medium high and allow the eggs to set for about 10 minutes, using your spatula to keep the sides loose.
  6. When the eggs are mostly set and the top still appears runny, sprinkle with reserved cheese and place in your preheated oven until the top is set and the cheese is melted and brown, about 7 minutes.
  7. Let the frittata cool for ten minutes before removing it from the pan.
  8. Slice into wedges and serve!

January 24, 2010 at 11:14 pm Leave a comment

Game day dips

It’s Sunday.
For some people, Sunday means church.
For others, it’s simply a day of rest.
For most men I know – it means football.

Currently, there is football on in the bedroom, football on in the living room  AND football on the two other computers in my apartment.

Me, personally, I don’t really even like football.

What I do like, and I’m sure this doesn’t come
as a shock to you, is the food associated with it.
Who doesn’t love spicy buffalo wings and cheesy chili con queso??
Oh goodness, it’s really the only reasonI get excited for football season.
*girly giggle* 🙂

My favorite game day treat though, dip. What kind of dip, you ask.
Details. Ha. Who cares what kind of dip??!?
Give me some tortilla chips or carrot sticks and I’ll go to town.
This may or may not be a good thing – depending on the dip of course.
Here are some delectable dip recipes worthy of drooling over.

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November 15, 2009 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

A night off!

From the moment I woke up this morning, all I could think about was, “What should I make for dinner tonight?!?!” Odd, you say. To the average gal, perhaps. But not for I! Typically, this is my first thought everyday.It’s more than likely that this is the case because I tend to think about what to have for breakfast before I go to sleep. Heh. What can I say? I’ve got food on the brain. But here I sit at my computer with my nightly cup of tea and a full belly after enjoying my first night off in a week.

← see, here’s my tea! yummy!

*note:  I just so happen to work for Starbucks, so as I write this blog you may see a number of Starbucks mugs, coffees, and  TONS of Tazo tea.*

“But Jen?! Quit dilly dallying! What did you make for dinner tonight??”

I thought you’d never ask!

Being that fall has finally arrived and I am finally in my happy place (fall is my favoriteeeeeee time of year!), I decided to take one of my fall comfort food favorites and put a healthy spin on it. The result?
Turkey Florentine Meatloaf

  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 1 package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 packet dried onion soup mix (I always use Lipton)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3c breadcrumbs
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl until just combined.
  3. Place mixture on a foil lined baking sheet and form into a loaf,
    about 9×5.
  4. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until crunchy on top and the juice runs clear.
  5. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing.
  6. Serve, and enjoy!

I served mine with Au Gratin potatoes, Betty Crocker ones, but they were still a delightful accompaniment to my meatloaf for such a chilly fall evening. I also enjoyed some apple cider with it, too. *contented sigh* I love the fall. 🙂

September 30, 2009 at 11:32 pm 3 comments


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