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Fool ‘Em Vegan Cream Cheese Spinach Artichoke Dip
I appropriately named this vegan spinach artichoke dip “fool ’em” because, honestly, if I hadn’t created it myself, I would swear somebody was trying to trick me into eating dairy.
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- 1/2 cup finely diced yellow onion
- 3 large garlic cloves, minced
- 10 ounces fresh spinach, chopped into smaller pieces
- 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained well
- 1 cup plain, unsweetened dairy-free yogurt
- 1 ½ tablespoons distilled white vinegar
- ½ cup cup raw, unsalted cashews
- ½ teaspoon fine salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ packed cup cooked, peeled Yukon Gold potato
- Add the onion, garlic, and 5 tablespoons water to a small pan over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer, and cook 5 to 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
- Add the spinach to the pan in small batches, stirring and tossing the spinach until it is well cooked and wilted before adding the next batch. Repeat until all the spinach is cooked well. This will take about 10 minutes. Turn the heat off.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Roughly chop the artichokes into quarters. This will release lots of liquid, so drain the excess. Squeeze out the excess liquid from the artichokes into the sink. You don’t have to be obsessive about every drop, but give them a good squeeze so the dip doesn’t end up watery. Add the artichokes to the cooked spinach mixture, and set aside.
- Add the yogurt, vinegar, cashews, salt, and pepper to a high-powered blender or food processor (see Note). Add the potato to the blender; blend on high until completely smooth. Scrape the sides if needed, and blend once more. Pour over the spinach and artichoke mixture, and stir to combine everything well.
- Pour the mixture into a 9-inch cast-iron skillet, pie dish, or an 8-inch square baking dish. Bake at 375°F for 25 minutes or until the top looks firm and set and is bubbly. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes. For a kick, add some red pepper flakes on top before serving with pita chips or veggies.
Tip: For the yogurt, the So Delicious brand makes a plain coconut “unsweetened” that also works well. Do not use a low-fat or almond yogurt. To make this nut free, sub the cashews for 1⁄2 cup white cannellini beans. The results won’t be quite as rich and creamy, so I only recommend this if you are allergic to nuts. Note: If you do not have a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, you’ll need to soak your cashews in warm water overnight, and then drain, rinse, and proceed with the recipe. Otherwise, the dip will be gritty. If using soaked cashews, I find a food processor works better than a regular, non-high-powered blender. Alternatively, you can sub with 1⁄4 heaping cup raw cashew butter to ensure it’s 100% smooth. Make sure to use a raw, no-oil-added cashew butter.
Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.5g | Protein: 6.9g | Fat: 6.9g | Sodium: 642mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g
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