The Healthiest Spinach Artichoke Dip On The Planet | Vegan Oil Free
Today we’re continuing on with our series of appetizers and finger foods with a classic party favorite, Spinach-Artichoke Dip. This is another great one for all those post-pandemic cookouts and social gatherings we can start enjoying again.
We’ve really been enjoying taking all these classic party foods that are usually unhealthy and making healthy versions of them. This is the Spin Dip you can still feel good after eating; it’s a thousand times healthier than its traditional counterpart, which is usually made with lots of oil and dairy.
We also love helping you simplify your healthy diet and save time in the kitchen, so this recipe relies on some convenient frozen items. I love frozen spinach, personally. Yeah, I know it’s super-easy to throw handfuls of fresh spinach in a pot but there’s a different texture to the frozen spinach that I really appreciate in dishes like this one.
For the recipe, we’ll steam a bag for 5-10 minutes and squeeze out as much of the water as possible after we’ve cooled it. You want the spinach to add to the texture of the final dish without watering it down, which spinach can very easily do since it has such high water content naturally.
Another piece of frozen happiness comes in the form of Trader Joe’s frozen artichoke hearts. These are the only single-ingredient artichoke hearts we’ve been able to find. Most canned artichoke hearts have lots of salt, brine, or oil added but these are frozen without anything extra. If you can’t find these, you can get the canned ones and just rinse them to get as much salt off as possible. If you’re using the frozen artichokes, be sure to set them out to thaw first so they’ll break down easily in the food processor.
Add your thawed artichokes to the food processor with a can of drained garbanzo beans (be sure to rinse the beans well if they aren’t salt-free) and pulse for a few seconds just to start breaking everything down.
Now add the onion, garlic (you can use fresh, pre-minced, or even garlic powder if that’s easier), lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and chili powder (for a little extra kick… you can leave it out if you aren’t into it), to the food processor and blend, adding a tablespoon of soymilk at a time to reach a nice and smooth consistency.
Finally, throw in the steamed, cooled, and drained spinach, crack a little black pepper on it if you like, and pulse it into the mix. Don’t pulse it too much; you want to retain the majority of the spinach texture. We aren’t going for green hummus here!
If you’re feeling fancy, scoop it into a dish and top it with some roasted red bell peppers. If you’re making some party bites for an occasion, scoop some onto cucumber slices and top with half a cherry tomato. You could also cut some mini sweet peppers in half and fill them with the dip. Celery boats are another great way to carry this Spinach Artichoke dip to your face.
We also like to spread the dip on an Ezekial tortilla, roll it up, and slice it into bite-sized pinwheels. If you don’t want anything to come between you and your dip, just put a little in some fancy spoons and serve it that way!
There are so many creative ways you could present this dip. Let us know how you like to jazz it up by sharing a photo of your version on Instagram and tagging us @wyw_community
We hope you enjoy making this as much as we did!
Til Next Time!!
Spinach Artichoke Dip
A classic party favorite you can whip up in no time flat.
1 bag frozen spinach
1 can garbanzo beans
1 bag frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
1 lemon, juiced
2-4 cloves minced garlic
½ cup nutritional yeast
½ tsp chili powder
½ small red onion, roughly chopped
Soy milk, to reach desired consistency
2 roasted red bell peppers (optional), diced
Steam the spinach for a few minutes then set aside to cool.
Add the chickpeas, artichokes, spices, and soy milk to a food processor and process until smooth.
Drain the spinach and squeeze to remove excess water. Add it to the food processor and pulse it for a few times just to mix it together. Don't over-do it!