Spinach, Kale, Artichoke & Red Pepper Dip

The perfect dip for a dinner party appetizer, served with gluten-free toasts, or whatever cracker you desire. To make this fresh dip even healthier, eliminate the cheese, or go with vegan cheese.

Spinach, Kale, Artichoke & Red Pepper Dip
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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

50 minutes

Serves 4-6

Spinach, Kale, Artichoke & Red Pepper Dip

Most spinach and artichoke dips contain a lot of mayonnaise, sour cream and cheese. This is the healthier version of that dip, with coconut milk, and less cheese. You can make it vegan by removing the cheese altogether, or using vegan cheese. Either way, this is a delicious dip.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves (stems removed)
  • 2 cups kales leaves (stems removed)
  • 1/2 a white onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 small jars marinaded artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, drained, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 4 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. On the stove, heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  3. Add onions and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the spinach and kale leaves, tossing constantly, until wilted. Remove from heat.
  5. Transfer spinach mixture to a food processor, and add the remaining ingredients as well.
  6. Pulse to roughly chop and blend the mixture.
  7. Transfer to a baking dish. Top with a little more cheese, if desired.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes. Remove and let slightly cool, then serve with choice of cracker.
  9. Enjoy!
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Veggie Quinoa Burgers

If you have a bunch of left over or aging vegetables in the frig, this is a great way to use them all up. Gluten-free, full of vegetables, and some added protein with quinoa turn these burgers into a healthy and fulfilling meal.

Veggie Quinoa Burgers
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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

1 hour

approximately 8 burgers

Veggie Quinoa Burgers

Veggie burgers are not easy to make perfect. They usually fall apart easily, and are sometimes hard to cook (or eat) because of this. So, keep that in mind. But that is why you need to make a paste of flour and water in order to bind the materials better. Make sure your batter can be formed into patties, and not fall apart in your hands. If so, make and add more flour and water paste to help.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of finely chopped vegetables (I used: broccoli, bell pepper, onion, carrot, mushroom, zucchini)
  • 2 cups cooked red quinoa
  • 1 can cannelloni beans
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or paprika
  • 1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa according to directions, set aside and let cool.
  2. In a food processor, chop all desired vegetables. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add all seasonings, quinoa and beans. Toss to combine.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the flour and water, to make a sort of paste. Add more water if needed.
  5. Add to vegetables and stir to combine thoroughly.
  6. Using a frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil over medium heat.
  7. Form patties of vegetable mixture, add to frying pan, and cook for about 4 minutes per side, until golden brown. Using a spatula, gently and quickly flip, and cook another 4 minutes until done.
  8. Remove, set aside, and repeat until veggie mixture is used.
  9. Serve on a bun, or without, and maybe add a sauce of choice.
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Eating Clean – What Does it Mean?

Eating clean, what does it mean?

Eating clean is a lifestyle.  It’s a way of eating nutritionally that maximizes your intake of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals by incorporating whole foods from every food group.  Today, there are so many foods that we eat on a daily basis that are processed.  These foods lose their nutritional value significantly when processed.  By focusing on “clean” foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, and whole grains, you will maximize the amount of nutritional intake, gain more energy, feel better, look better, and probably live a longer, healthier life.  By eating clean, you will also reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, gluten intolerance, or high cholesterol.

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