This week was one of re-using leftovers and dishes inspiring new dishes. It all started with a delicious Fennel, Leek & Red Beet Salad. With some leeks leftover from this, I decided to buy some artichoke hearts and feta which I successfully made a great artichoke dip with– one that rivals the traditional mayo-tastic party food in both taste and health factor. With the tasty flavors in this dish lingering in my mind, I decided to use the very same ingredients the following night, this time incorporating pasta and lemon. Read more:
I had some leeks leftover from my fennel, leek and red beet salad, so I thought I would attempt to make one of my favorite dips-healthy style. Mayo-packed artichoke dip is one of my favorite dips to serve at parties. I figured that there had to be a way to make this dish a bit healthier, so I ditched the mayo and simply combined chopped up artichokes, leeks and feta with a little olive oil in the food processor and blended and baked. Read more:
Eggs Benedict has always been one of my favorite brunch indulgences but I love when I find healthy variations of it on restaurant menus. Enter my favorite vegetable– the artichoke. I was eating a whole artichoke for dinner one night and when I got to the heart of it, I realized that it was the perfect little shape for a poached egg to rest in. Since then, I’ve been scouring the internet for the perfect sauce to top this idea off with. I wanted to do something a little different than the usual Hollandaise, and I finally came across a great recipe for red pepper aioli that made my mouth water a little bit.
Artichokes have been a long time favorite vegetable of mine and there’s no better way to enjoy them than steamed with a great side sauce. Growing up, when most kids begged their mom for mac and cheese for dinner, I would beg mine for steamed artichokes.
I love artichoke dip but could sometimes do without the unhealthy factor that most mouthwatering, cheese and mayo induced dips contain. While I still make the unhealthy stuff from time to time, I decided that I wanted to try out a more kind to your body artichoke dip.