Healthy Holiday Appetizer
I love to go to parties; holiday, office, neighborhood, you name it I want to be there and I want to bring a dish to share. But because of my profession people are always looking to what type of dish I will be bringing. Is it healthy? Does it still taste good? I am usually met with some suspicion.
Long ago, in my twenties, 🙂 and before I attended doctorate school for integrative nutrition, I would often bring the classic spinach artichoke dip to parties. You know the one, loads of Parmesan cheese, and mayo with just enough artichokes and spinach for it to have a hint of green color, of course served with bread to soak up all the extra oil. Everyone LOVED this dish and it was often the first dish to disappear.
Well we are in holiday party season, and I have been asked to bring appetizers for almost all the festivities we have been invited to. I do love the classic spinach artichoke, but I just cannot bring myself to make it or be associated with it. SO my solution is to make a much healthier and still as tasty version where I combined the spinach and artichoke taste with a classic hummus. I think it will be a crowd pleaser!
Enjoy and In Good Health,
Dr. Kim Bruno
Spinach Artichoke Hummus
Makes 4 cups of dip
- 2 cans chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
- 3 cloves of garlic – peeled
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- ¼ cup tahini
- 1 can artichoke hearts in brine (drained, but reserve the brine for possible use later)
- 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach – washed and patted dry
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor or large blender.
- Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides and adding additional reserved brine only if the mixture needs to be thinned.
- Serve with raw veggies, rice crackers, and/or organic corn chips