try this: vegetarian meals

trythisI’m sort of surprised at myself for participating in this month’s try this: spice up your kitchen blog carnival. This month’s theme is vegetarian meals, and y’all, there is nothing more in this world that I enjoy eating than meat.

I do not discriminate either. Steak, pork chops, chicken breasts, turkey, fish, lamb. You name it, I’ll eat it. In fact, I’m just the type of person who would go so far as to say that if it doesn’t have meat in it, it can not be considered a meal.


I’ve found a way around my own convictions.

I have a dip recipe to share with you, and friends, I know that dip is not a meal (which, sort of defeats the purpose of the whole vegetarian meal thing, but sometimes, you’ve gotta work with what you’ve got) but the recipe that I have is vegetarian, and so this will be my contribution to the blogosphere. Here we go.

The Best Spinach Artichoke Dip You’ve Ever Had (I promise)

  • 1 box frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 cup light sour cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
  • 8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, plus more as needed
  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained
  • Carrot sticks, celery sticks or baked tortilla strips, for serving

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Squeeze all excess liquid from spinach, place in a food processor with sour cream, Parmesan, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella, the cream cheese, garlic, pepper and hot sauce.

Process until just blended but still slightly lumpy. Add artichokes and pulse to form a chunky mixture. Place in a 1-quart baking dish. Top with remaining mozzarella. Bake until bubbly, about 30 minutes. Serve with carrot sticks, celery sticks or baked tortilla strips.

(If you like a chunkier version like me, just chop up the spinach and artichokes, mince the garlic and mix with the other ingredients instead of putting it in the food processor)

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2 Responses to “try this: vegetarian meals”

  1. 1 melissa September 15, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    i totally disagree.

    dip CAN be a meal :-)

    thanks for sharing!!!!

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