Spinach and Artichoke Dip

I’m not sure if it’s just my love of food, but I find myself attending a number of potlucks! There are two challenges I tend to face with potlucks: thinking of something delicious and original to make, and keeping it somewhat healthy.  One of my favourite appetizers is a warm spinach and artichoke dip; however, most recipes out there are not the best health wise (the base is usually sour cream, cream cheese, oh and more cheese).

This is a great recipe, that is both gluten and dairy free, but is still super creamy!! What’s the trick you might ask?? Cashews!  Cashews are a great dairy alternative, as they actually give the consistency of a soft cheese.  I recommend grabbing some Mary’s Crackers and some freshly chopped vegetables for dipping in this dip.

Prep Time:

30 mins

Cook Time:

0 mins

Total Time:

30 mins

Serves:

6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 box frozen spinach, chopped (about 10 oz or 300g)
  • 1 can of artichoke hearts, chopped (about 14 oz or 425ml)
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ¼ of a large onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • Cracked pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ cup cashews
  • ½ cup water

Directions

  1. Soak cashews for minimum 2 hours in water (ideally 4-6 hours, but 2 is enough)
  2. Meanwhile, thaw spinach and drain water from it
  3. Drain cashews from water and put cashews in food processor with the ½ cup of water and blend until you get a really creamy texture (takes a few minutes)
  4. Remove from food processor and set aside
  5. Heat skillet with coconut oil to medium heat
  6. Sauté onion for about 5 minutes, or until translucent
  7. Add garlic and cook for another minute
  8. Add artichoke hearts, sea salt, cayenne, lemon juice and pepper to skillet and cook for another 5 minutes, or until fully heated
  9. Then add in spinach and mix in until spinach is heated
  10. Finally, add in cashew cream and nutritional yeast
  11. Transfer entire mixture to food processor and lightly pulse 4-5 times just so entire dip is mixed and chopped.

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