A Healthful Game Day!

Heading out for the Big Game? Add a classic dish with a healthful twist to your host’s spread with this super simple and utterly delicious Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip by Ellie Krieger. Full of savory flavor and the decadent texture you know and love, this low fat version is packed with pregnancy-loving folate – thanks to you, spinach – and smart dairy swaps for a Big Game snack that is sure to please.

recipe

Photo source: cookingchanneltv.com

Instructions from Cookingchanneltv.com:

 Ingredients

  • 1  tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 (9-ounce) package artichoke hearts, defrosted, rinsed and dried
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted, excess liquid squeezed out.
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) Neufchatel cheese (reduced-fat cream cheese)
  • 2 ounces (about 1/2 cup) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • Pita wedges or crudites, for serving

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Heat the oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until onions are light golden but not browned. Remove from heat and cool.

In the bowl of a food processor combine artichoke hearts, spinach, sour cream, mayonnaise, Neufchatel, mozzarella and salt and pepper. Process until smooth. Add cooled onion-garlic mixture to the food processor and pulse a few times to combine.

Transfer mixture into an 8-inch glass square baking dish or 9-inch glass pie plate which has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through. Serve with pita wedges or crudites.

Four Things

The season of parties is about to rev up! From Thanksgiving to the Holidays, it truly is one of the most special times of the year. Prior to the (fun) chaos commencing, indulge yourself in a little down time this weekend – with maybe a bout or two out of the house. Here are just a few things we suggest you eat, wear, do and read.

maternity outfit

Testing out your own menu for Thanksgiving this weekend, or deciding what dish to bring to your host? Take a stab at this into this “healthier” Sauteed Spinach with Crisp Pancetta.

Add a luxe touch of faux leather to your Saturday night – or Sunday brunch – look with these Citizens Of Humanity Avedon Secret Fit Belly® Coated Maternity Jeans topped by a gorgeously wispy MISOKA Long Sleeve Pleated Maternity Blouse.

Compliment the aforementioned chic ensemble with a sleek and sultry beauty look comprised of super straight locks and smoky eyes.

Chase away the impending winter chill by curling up on the couch with a mug of something hot accompanied by “Songs in Ordinary Time”, straight from THE book club list.

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