Killer Artichoke Cheese Bread

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If you love artichoke dip, you will for sure looooove this bread! It’s the perfect combination of garlic bread, cheese bread, and cheesy artichoke dip. There is something ever so perfect about bread when it comes straight from the oven. The crunchy-ness of the outer crust–and then the warm and fluffy soft middle. This is such a favorite because how could you go wrong with this amazing combination!? You can’t!

Ingredients:
1 ciabatta loaf
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
1 can of artichoke hearts; drained and chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3 cloves of garlic; finely chopped
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup monterey jack jack cheese
1/4 cup cheddar cheese
Chives; finely chopped to sprinkle on top

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Slice bread in half and lay out on baking sheet lined with foil.

2. Melt butter for 30 seconds in microwave. In a medium sized bowl, add butter, sour cream, artichoke hearts, salt, pepper, garlic, and cheeses until well combined. Spread evenly on each half of bread and bake for 15 minutes until melted. Switch oven to broil and broil bread for 3 minutes until bubbly. Let cool for 5 minutes, slice, sprinkle chives, and enjoy!

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Spinach & Artichoke Hummus

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I can eat hummus any day..any time..I think it might be an obsession but hey, at least its a healthy one right!? I also love spinach/artichoke dip but that stuff is loaded with mayonnaise and other extremely fatty ingredients so I have combined my two favorite dips into one healthy and wholesome snack. I make an extra large batch because I love having leftovers of it. Enjoy with pita chips, crackers, or your favorite veggies!

Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients:
2 15 ounce cans of garbanzo beans; drained and rinsed
1 14 ounce can of artichoke whole artichoke hearts
1 9 ounce package of frozen spinach; thawed and drained
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp sesame seeds or tahini
3 cloves of garlic
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp lemon pepper
2-3 Tbsp olive oil

Steps:
1. This is soooo simple and easy!..Place everything in a large food processor for 3-4 minutes and done! 🙂 Add more olive oil to make hummus creamier..it is completely up to your preference.
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Spinach & Artichoke Pinwheels

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Need a snack or appetizer idea for the next football game!? If you and your guests love spinach and artichoke dip just like mine you should try this one! A fun spin on America’s classic favorite dip!

Yield: 6

Ingredients:
1 can Crescent Rolls
1 small can marinated artichoke hearts
1 package frozen spinach; thawed and drained
1 clove garlic
1 tsp onion powder
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a food processor, combine, artichoke hearts, spinach, cream cheese, garlic, onion powder, salt, and pepper until finely chopped.
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2. Open can of crescent rolls and roll out into a rectangle (about 9×13 inches). Pinch together any dough pieces that are not together. With a spatula, spread on spinach and artichoke spread and spread evenly. Sprinkle cheese on top!
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3. From the longer piece of dough side, roll tightly (just as you were making cinnamon rolls!). Then, with a serrated knife, cut into 1 inch pieces and place on baking sheet 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 11-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Low-Fat Artichoke Crusted Chicken Breasts

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This is probably one of my favorite chicken dishes…and I’m not a chicken person. I love artichoke dip but I don’t love all of the calories and other “junky” ingredients it has in it. Soooooo..I decided to come up with a delicious and healthy spin off of something I love, it’s amazingly delicious!

Yield: 4

Ingredients:
4 boneless chicken breasts
1 can of artichoke hearts; drained and chopped
1/2 cup monterey jack cheese; shredded
1/4 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
1/4 cup nonfat sour cream
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1/2 black pepper
1/2 tsp salt

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Salt and Pepper chicken breast and put in baking dish.

2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix chopped artichoke hearts, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, granulated garlic, salt and pepper. With a spoon, top each chicken breast with artichoke mixture until covered (about 1/4 cup per chicken).

3. Place in oven for 35-40 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked.