Thursday, May 23, 2013

Healthy Spinach & Artichoke Dip (with white beans!!)

Its been a crazy week. One of those weeks that makes you want to spend an entire day in bed just relaxing & sleeping. Given that I have an (almost- whaaat) two year old and a slam packed weekend, an entire day in bed isn’t looking likely ;). BUT, I did take a little time off work this week to get my hair done:

IMG_4032 I’ve also had some good quality time with the peanut, including picking strawberries from our garden. Her carefree attitude always picks up my spirits:



Time in the kitchen always makes me happy too!! I re-made a recipe I made a longgg time ago, a healthier spinach and artichoke dip.  I am re-posting the recipe because it is that good! Note: this isn’t like the dip you get a restaurants (packed full of fat), so you must actually enjoy the taste of artichokes to like this ;)).


  • Fresh spinach- bowl full (or desired quantity)
  • 2 15-ounce cans of artichoke hearts
  • 1 15-ounce can of white beans (whatever white beans you can get your hands on)
  • 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • chopped garlic (desired amount)
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese (+additional cheese to top dip)

Preheat oven to 350

On the stove over medium/medium low heat, wilt spinach in a little bit of olive oil. In a food processor or blender, mix together wilted spinach, drained artichokes and white beans, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, red pepper and parmesan cheese. You can either blend until smooth or leave some chunkier pieces (however you like it!).

Place mix into baking dish, top with additional cheese. Bake for 45 minutes. Enjoy with veggies, tortilla chips, or pita chips.

This is a picture pre-bake I didn’t nab one post bake):


Josh enjoyed it (again) so much, he asked me to make a batch for his man day on Friday!

Are you having a busy week???


NewWeighofLife said...

Your hair looks super cute! How is Kay almost 2 years old? That's insane!! My week has been somewhat busy, but not so bad!

Amelia said...

Cute hair and love the peanut! :)

I can't believe that dip only has 1/3 cup parm in the whole recipe. Based on the color, it looks like it is full of cheese/cream. Must be creamy addition of the beans! I can't wait to make a batch myself. I bet it would be a great filler in a wrap.

Heather said...

Cute hair! I love having my hair done, but I hate spending time at the salon. Lol.
Hope you have a great weekend, Erica!

itzyskitchen said...

I know, right?? It would be awesome in a wrap!!

Jenn (eating bender) said...

You look super cute!! Love Kay and her strawberries, too. That dip looks amazing! Both my mom and I are huge fans of spinach and artichoke dip, so I'll have to send her this for sure. :) It has been a busy week but I'm looking forward to the long weekend!

Stephanie said...

Love this spinach dip idea with the white beans added, and gotta love when it even fools the man, great job girl! And I love that yellow dress, such a gorgeous color and looks awesome on you! Ohhhh this week - I can't even begin to think about how busy it has been. After getting home on a horridly delayed flight monday close to midnight to working 10 hour days after that to packing up yet again and leaving after work today for another trip - phew feel like it's just been nonstop! But can't complain, I kinda like it when it's crazy like that ;)

onannasplate said...

I love artichoke dip-- this looks awesome! And I love it that Josh has a "man day" :-) How is Kay almost two?!? Time really does fly!!

Katie said...

Pretty!! I need a haircut so badly!! That pic of K and the berries is precious!

Lea said...

pretty lady and pretty hair...did you get highlights? or maybe that's natural highlights that frames your face :)

I have 2 tubs of artichoke hearts that I purchased at Costco hoping I could find more recipes to use it in besides putting it in my salad, this recipe sounds good with some thin pretzel chips. Thanks for sharing

Christina said...

I love her with the basket. You're so cute in yellow. Getting our hair done is the best feeling. The dip looks awesome. Love the green of course. :)

Annette@FitnessPerks said...

Love the hair!! And artichoke dip is suuuuuper delish! I must try this :)

vanillasugarblog said...

what?? an almost 2 year old? how did that happen? :-)

Lee said...

Your hair looks great and I love your yellow dress.

Caroline @ Broccoli Hut said...

Loving your hair!! I am slightly jealous that you look that fantastic in yellow--I look terrible in that color!

I can imagine that Kay is a little ray of sunshine based on the fact that she is always smiling in the pics you post :)

Shannon said...

love the addition of white beans! and how the heck is kay almost 2?!? crazy :)

Taylor @ liftingrevolution said...

Hair cut looks great! I am craving fresh strawberries and cant wait for Saturday at the market! Can't believe the peanut and Lainey will be 2!!

kimberlylee said...

Love the hair cut! I adore spinach and artichoke dip. My Mama, Aunt and I are having a girl's weekend next weekend so I'll be whipping this up to serve!

Katie said...

Yum, that sounds delicious! I'm actually a late comer to spinach artichoke dip... I guess it's not as much of an East Coast thing?

Enjoy your weekend!

Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl said...

Yum! I love spinach and artichoke dip, and this much healthier version sounds fantastic! I definitely just bookmarked this one!

Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) said...

This looks so creamy and flavorful! Can't wait to try it!