Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Roasted Garlic, Spinach and Artichoke Dip

A delicious, flavorful and decadent appetizer that livens up a party of the big game! Prepare yourself for a splurge and enjoy every bite!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
3 cloves of garlic
1 small sweet onion
1/3 cup of olive oil
2 bags of fresh baby spinach (or tear regular spinach into small pieces)
salt and pepper
2 packages of cream cheese- softened
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cans of quartere artichokes in water- drained
1 small can of diced fire roasted tomatoes-drained
Early on in your day or even the day ahead, wrap the cloves of garlic in foil and roast in the oven for 25 minutes. Allow to cool. Refigerate if necessary overnight.
Dice the onion and sautee it in 1/3 cup of olive oil on low heat for 10 minutes. Add the spinach and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper. Wilt the spinach and set aside to cool.
Stir and combine the soft cream cheese, sour cream, artichokes and tomatoes. Squeeze the roasted garlic out of it's "shell" and add some salt and pepper to season the cream cheese mixture. Add in the cooled spinach mixture. Stir all to combine and spread into an oven safe dish. Top with a bit of mozzerella cheese and bake at 400 until bubbly and browning on top. Serve on thin toasted bread peices, tortilla chips or crackers.

"As Healthy As They Get" Brownies

 When you just want a brownie..... I know you have those days too. Here's a quick recipe that, when you simply switch a few ingredients, gives you the freedom to eat the brownie in peace. Maybe even two brownies, imagine that!
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
1/3 cup melted coconut oil (I use the kind that does NOT smell like coconut)
6 TBSP cocoa
1 TBSP brewed coffee
3 eggs
1 cup unbleached sugar
1 TBSP plain yogurt
almost 1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup plus half of 1/3 cup garbanzo bean flour (or unbleached all purpose flour)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Add a few tablespoons of coconut oil in a small pan, heat until liquified. Measure 1/3 cup into a bowl. (If you need a bit more, just add it into the warm liquid coconut oil and it will melt along with it.) Whisk in cocoa and coffee. Set asidez
Combine the rest of the ingredients, whisking until very smooth. Add the cocoa mixture and dark chocolate chips.
*I used a greased brownie pan, which measures 8x12 and baked it for 35 minutes. If you use an 8x8, you will have to bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove them from the oven when the toothpick is still a little gooey. Let them cool to finish baking*