Baked Spinach & Artichoke Dip and Roasted Butternut Squash
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With the holidays here, you’re likely going to be spending lots of time in your kitchen. To make entertaining more tasty and enjoyable without sabotaging your effort (or that of your guests) to eat nutritiously, here are two recipes featuring 3 superstar veggies–spinach, artichokes and butternut squash. Enjoy!
Baked Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Yield/Servings: Makes about 10 ¼ cup servings
2 (14-ounce) cans water-packed artichokes, well drained
4 ounces firm silken tofu
3 large cloves garlic
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2/3 cup 0% plain Greek Yogurt
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
2. In a high-speed blender puree the artichokes, tofu, and garlic.
3. In a separate medium bowl whisk together the Parmesan cheese, yogurt, spinach, and salt.
4. Combine the two mixtures; then pour into a medium-sized baking dish.
5. Sprinkle the top with more Parmesan.
6. Bake uncovered until heated through and the cheese on the top starts to brown, about 45 minutes.
Nutritional Analysis per serving:
Fat: 1.9 g
Saturated Fat: 0.9 g
Cholesterol: 4 mg
Sodium: 282 mg
Carbohydrate: 5.2 g
Fiber: 1.4 g
Sugar: 1.7 g
Protein: 5.9 g
Calcium: 120 mg
Source: Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RD
Roasted Butternut Squash
According to Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD, “Some people avoid butternut squash because it seems daunting. That couldn’t be further from the truth! It’s one of the easiest veggies to prepare.” She considers roasted butternut squash to be a perfect Autumn side dish. “Nutritionally, it’s a nice trade up from mashed potatoes. We just had it with chicken breast and roasted broccoli the other night and it worked nicely,” says Harris. She also says it makes a great base for butternut squash soup.
Yield/Servings: 6 ½ cup servings
1 whole butternut squash, 1.5-2 lbs
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1. Put the squash on a lined sheet and puncture 5-6 times.
2. Roast at 400 until browning.
3. Flip it every 30 min. It takes 1.5-2 hours. It’s done when a fork easily puctures the squash.
4. Cut it open and scoop out the seeds.
5. Puree in a food processor with 2 Tablespoons maple syrup and 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice.
6. Or, alternatively, use the roasted butternut squash in a soup.
Source: Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD, Gluten-Free Goodness
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