Jennifer Smiley’s healthy spinach and artichoke dip

Making Thanksgiving healthier - Jennifer Smiley

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - Many of us are looking forward to some of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes but some aren’t the healthiest choices. Jennifer Smiley shares her clean version of spinach and artichoke dip.

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 2 tbsp ghee or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fennel bulb
  • 4 gloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezes lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 1/4 lb baby spinach
  • 2 (14oz) cans artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1/4 cup mayo (sir Kensington or Primal Kitchen)
  • Fresh raw vegetables such as carrots, endives, green beans, or thinly sliced radishes for serving

INSTRUCTIONS: Place cashews in a bowl and cover with boiling water (1cup). Soak them for 1 hour, then drain and rinse. Save the water! Preheat oven to 400. 1 . Melt ghee in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, fennel and garlic and saute’ for 5 to 7 minutes, until the onion is translucent and aromatic.. 2. Combine the cashews with the water in the blender. Add the saute’ed onion mixture, salt/pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice, vinegar and cayenne and blend until very smooth and thick, Pour in a bowl and set aside. 3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the spinach and cook until wilted and bright green (approx 2 min). Drain and squeeze with paper towels to remove all of the liquid. Transfer to cutting board and coarsely chop. 4. Drain artichoke hearts. Remove leaves and reserve hearts. Chop hearts and add them to cashew sauce along with spinach and mayo. Mix until combined . Place the dip in a 3 qt baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbling on the sides and browned on top.

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