Sick of Failing at Miserable Diets? Food Lovers Come Join Me!

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serving Welcome to the New Year everyone! I hope by now you are sick of failing at diets and convincing yourself that juicing is wonderful. This year I am going to rock your world and show you that healthy eating is for the food lover, not for the food sufferer. No more forcing yourself to give up foods you love, no more feeling guilty about not wanting to embrace crazy food fads. The time has come to create a health style that you can live with and get healthier with. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to come home after a long day knowing that the dinner you have to look forward to is full of flavor, not hard to make and, whaaat?!, good for you too? There will be ease, there will be full understanding, there will be empowering delicious things that even you can make. There will NOT be guilt, or frustration or feeling like a failure.   This is going to be FUN AND DELICIOUS! stirred   Stay tuned to the blog for cooking, shopping and time management tips. In the following weeks there will be some easy and time friendly recipes to brighten the winter gray days. Later on this month I will be rolling out a new meal plan system that I’ve been working on for months that will revolutionize how you approach your eating each week. I’ve heard from many of you about some of your hardships and frustrations with eating healthy. I’m pulling out all of my skills and resources to come up with creative and easy ways to deal with each and every one of those issues. This is going to be a rocking good year for those of us who love food and are getting control of our health and the health of our families. I’m so excited and I’m excited to share it with you. In the meantime enjoy this power packed version of Spinach Artichoke Dip. It comes together in a snap and is great as a party dip, or spread on some wholesome bread for a great lunch or snack.  

 

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Preheat oven to 400˚

1 lb frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess water

1 can cannellini beans

1 cup artichoke hearts

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 t red pepper flakes

1t dried oregano

1t slat

1 small handful of parsley

3T olive oil

zest of half a lemon

3T lemon juice

1/2 cup grated parmesan

1 cup fresh mozzarella, shredded

 

Place beans, artichokes, garlic, pepper, oregano and salt into a food processor. Pulse several times to get a chunky consistency. Add the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and blitz a few more times. Now add the spinach and parsley and puree while still keeping the greens a little chunky. Transfer to a mixing bowl and fold in the parmesan and half the mozzarella cheese. If the dip seems a little dry you may add some water to soften it up. Place the dip into a greased baking dish (or dishes), and top with the remaining mozzarella. Place into the oven and bake until warm and bubbly. Serve right away.

This dip is much lower in saturated fats and the creaminess comes from the beans. Not only is the texture and flavor richer, you get a great boost of fiber too!

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