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Fresh Artichoke White Bean Dip (Lemon Pepper Garlic)



This post is sponsored by Ocean Mist Farms, but all opinions are my own.

As the weather warms up, I find myself snacking quite a lot. Fresh fruit, chips and healthy dips and lots of smoothies. So instead of a few heavy meals, I eat more little meals throughout the day. And I love that. I find it keeps me energized and ready for whatever adventures I may have planned for the day. And the foods I go for tend to be healthier in nature - fresh produce galore. We often think of "snacking" as a bad thing, but when you are choosing healthy foods and prepping a few healthy recipes (like today's dip!), snacking (or mini-meals) can be a great thing!

And one of my favorite snacks is a hearty, healthy bean dip! When most people think of 'bean dips,' they think of hummus. But today I am sharing a velvet-y, lemon-pepper-garlic dip that uses fresh artichokes as the secret ingredient.

This Lemon Pepper Garlic Artichoke White Bean Dip is easy and super flavorful.

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These Ocean Mist Farms artichokes are so big, beautiful and fresh. Love the colors of green and purple accents!..


Lemon-pepper dreaminess!..


Dip deliciousness, right here. I love basic warm crusty sourdough bread or a whole grain bread. This is quinoa bread from my local farmer's market.


Steamy artichokes. So luscious and magical..


Smart snacking is easy with this bean + veggie dip. This entire recipe has only around 500 calories. So you could totally share this with a friend and eat this entire thing. Beans and veggies and spices? Yes and yes.

Some optional ingredients you could add and still keep things healthy:

* raw hemp seeds
* nutritional yeast
* tahini
* fresh parsley
* spinach
* raw walnuts
* raw pumpkin seeds

White beans add texture, protein, fiber and vitamins...


Whipped perfection. I'm in love with this velvety texture









Lemon Pepper Garlic Artichoke White Bean Dip

Kathy Patalsky

Published 06/10/2017

Lemon Pepper Garlic Artichoke White Bean Dip

This summer-y bean dip features garlic, lemon, pepper flavors with a velvet-y white bean and fresh artichoke dip base. Pair with crusty bread, veggie sticks or pita. You can even slather on toast for the best avocado toast ever!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked white beans
  • 4 Ocean Mist Farms fresh artichokes - using the hearts and stems
  • 1 1/2 small lemons, juiced
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
  • 2 cloves raw garlic
  • pinch of fresh lemon zest
  • a few splashes of water if needed to blend
  • Topping:
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp vegan cheese (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prep your raw artichokes. Reserve those big tender leaves for eating on their own with a bit of lemon juice or melted vegan butter. Artichoke prep instructions in this post - with a how-to video!
  2. Add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend from low to high until velvet-y smooth. Blend long enough so that the blender warms the dip.
  3. Pour the dip into an oven-safe bowl and top with the olive oil and vegan cheese.
  4. Place in an oven on BROIL for 1-3 minutes, just enough time to warm the dip and melt the cheese on top.
  5. Serve warm! Dip veggies, bread or spread on toast.

Yield: 5 servings

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 30 mins.

Cook time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.

Total time: 40 mins.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 100
  • Protein: 5g

Tags: dip,artichokes,appetizer,vegan,healthy,skiny dips,bean dip,snack,lemon

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How-to video for artichokes:


Such a beautiful vegetable..


Tender artichoke hearts are so dreamy.


Prepping these feels like a meditative kitchen process for me. I just love unraveling the layers..


Enjoy everyone! Happy summer snacking..


Ps. Another favorite fresh artichoke recipe: Artichoke + Spinach Dip:


disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ocean Mist Farms, but all opinions are my own.
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