Bunny Spinach Dip

I love spinach so of course I love spinach dip! What I love even more is this cute Bunny I made out of it. This app is perfect for Easter and everyone will be sure to enjoy it. You can use your favorite vegetables and crackers to dip—the possibilities are endless!

I doubled this recipe because I made it for my work’s potluck so you can still make this by making one batch: just use 1 cup of mayo, 1 cup of sour cream, 1 bag of spinach and 1 packet of Knorr® mix. You can assemble it the same—just don’t take as much bread out of the bread bowl. Easy peasy! 🙂

Bunny Spinach Dip

Bunny Spinach Dip

This dip is almost too cute to eat!

Ingredients

3 bags of spinach

2 tsp. olive oil

Garlic powder, salt and pepper for extra seasoning

2 cups of mayonnaise

2 cups light sour cream

2 packs of Knorr® vegetable dip mix

1 bread bowl

1 baguette

1 cucumber; sliced

Celery sticks

1 bag of carrot sticks

Pita Chips; optional for dipping

Instructions

  1. Bring a medium/large pan to medium heat and add olive oil and spinach. Sautee for about 5 minutes until spinach is cooked.
  2. Drain all the excess water out of spinach in a colander and let cool for about 10 minutes.
  3. Chop cooled spinach and place in a medium bowl. Add mayonnaise, sour cream and Knorr® dip mix. Stir until combined.
  4. For the Bunny’s belly: cut the center of your bread bowl in the shape of an oval or circle (I used an olive loaf because that’s all Nob Hill had at the time). Make sure to SAVE the top you cut because you need this for the Bunny’s face! Take out extra bread and to make a bowl out of it. Place spinach dip in bread bowl and place in the refrigerator.
  5. For the Bunny’s ears: cut the ends off of the baguette; about 4 inches long. Slice the remaining baguette to dip! For the Bunny’s face: use the round piece from the bread bowl and use sliced carrot sticks for the eyes and nose and a piece of sliced celery for the mouth. For the whiskers, slice a stick of celery diagonally and cut in half.
  6. Assemble Bunny on a cookie sheet lined with foil—place the belly, face and ears. Place cucumber slices on the bottom (for the grass), then place slices of baguettes, more cucumbers and carrots. Enjoy this cute app!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2017/04/bunny-spinach-dip/

 

Crock Pot Sausage, Spinach and Bean Soup

January 2017 – Theme

Budget-Friendly Eats

How low can you go? Can you make a meal for less than $3 per serving? Whatever your budget, show us your healthy entree recipe to help keep food spending in check in 2017

I love this month’s theme the Recipe Redux has chosen to use! The New Year usually means New Year resolutions, and that usually has something to do with budgeting or saving more money than you did the previous year, right!? We all have goals that we try to reach and if you are trying to budget or cut back on the amount you spend every night for dinner this dish is a great start to save. It is so easy for money to add up and this can last you all week! Most of the ingredients for this soup is probably already in your pantry or fridge–this is a great way to make sure those ingredients don’t go to waste.

It has been raining more than usual in Monterey these past few weeks and I love it! Rainy weather means soup and cozy comfort foods. I have been on a soup kick lately and I am trying out new recipes with my crock pot. I just started to use my crock pot again because it is so convenient and easy. I wanted to make this soup on my stove and the day I planned on making it, our stove and oven stopped working (how convenient)….but I was still wanting to make soup so I used my crock pot instead. This soup can last a whole week and I like to freeze half of it so I always have soup on hand. Besides this soup being budget friendly, it is also a great hearty soup loaded with fiber, protein and plenty of vegetables!

Crock Pot Sausage, Spinach and Bean Soup

Crock Pot Sausage, Spinach and Bean Soup

This comforting soup is heart healthy, delicious and budget friendly!

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 (12.8-ounce) package of chicken sausage, thinly sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 yellow onion, diced

2 cups baby carrots; chopped

2 stalks celery; diced

2 (15-ounce) cans beans, drained and rinsed (I used white beans)

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

2 bay leaves

4 cups chicken broth

2 cup beef broth

Black pepper, a pinch

3 cups baby spinach

1/2 cup pastina (small pasta)

Parmesan cheese; to sprinkle on top (optional)

Crackers or bread for dunking (optional)

Instructions

  1. Drizzle olive oil on the bottom of a crock pot. Add all ingredients except for spinach and pasta.
  2. Cover crock pot and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours. During the last 45 minutes of cook time, add pasta and spinach. Stir until combined. Once cooked, enjoy with bread or crackers all week long! Enjoy!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2017/01/crock-pot-sausage-spinach-and-bean-soup/

 

 

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Antipasto Salad with Lite Herb Vinaigrette

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Winter is just about to turn into Spring and then shortly it will be Summer!!… Which means I can induldge in my favorite salads as a meal. There is nothing more disappointing than eating a boring plain salad as a meal..lets be real. So, you minus well enjoy it with some of your favorites! This is one of them because I love all kinds of italian lunch-meats such as proscuitto, especially when it perfectly ends up in my salads. It also gives this salad the perfect hint of saltiness from the proscuitto that we all crave. Just like most of my recipes, you can add any of your favorite ingredients to your likings. Sometimes I switch out the proscuitto for salami..or sometimes I put in both. This salad is almost too pretty to eat!

Antipasto Salad with Lite Herb Vinaigrette

Ingredients

1 package of Italian mix lettuce (or

6 slices of proscuitto; cut in half and rolled up

1/4 cup roasted red bell peppers; sliced

1/4 cup blue cheese (or feta cheese)​

1/2 avocado sliced

*you can also add or replace the proscuitto with salami or mortadella

Salad Dressing:

Lite Herb Vinaigrette

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp honey; slighly melted

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

Handful of chopped fresh parsley, chopped chives, and basil

Pinch of salt and pepper

Salad Dressing:

Lite Herb Vinaigrette

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp honey; slighly melted

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

Handful of chopped fresh parsley, chopped chives, and basil

Pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. 1. Place all of the salad ingredients in a salad bowl; arrange properly and neatly.
  2. 2. In a smaller bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for your dressing until well beaten (until combined). Drizzle salad dressing over your salad and enjoy! I like to make extra dressing and save it for other salads since it can last a few weeks in the fridge! ENJOY 🙂
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/03/antipasto-salad-with-lite-herb-vinaigrette/

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Roasted Lemon Pepper Asparagus

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Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables and I especially love it with lemons. This recipe is extremely quick and easy to prepare for any side dish or appetizer. Fresh lemons and asparagus pair so perfectly together. This fresh app is packed with all kinds of antioxidants so be sure to eat these greens!

Ingredients:
1 bunch of fresh aspsaragus (about 1 lb); ends removed
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp lemon pepper
1 lemon; zested and juiced
Sea salt and pepper for taste

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, toss the asparagus with olive oil, lemon zest and juice, and lemon pepper until evenly coated.

2. Sprinkle with a pinch or two of sea salt and pepper. Place in baking pan and roast for 8-12 minutes, or until the tips begin to brown and the asparagus is tender. Enjoy!

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Light and Creamy Asparagus Soup

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I love soup so much I can even eat it during hot summer days. Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables and I always end up just simply roasting it in the oven. I decided to make a soup out of it because I just re-discovered my immersion blender which happens to be  one of my favorite kitchen tools! This is such a quick soup you can put together last minute. It’s everything you want in a creamy light soup and I promise you can never tell that its filled with all kinds of goodness for you. Don’t forget to sprinkle the top with my low-fat seasoned croutons 🙂

Yield:6

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp butter
1 yellow onion; chopped
2 bunches of asparagus; cleaned
4 cups of chicken broth
1 cup of plain almond milk (or regular milk)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp fat-free sour cream

Steps:
1. In a large pot, melt better on low heat. Add onion and sauté on low for 2-3 minutes. Snap the tough ends off the asparagus and chop the asparagus into 2 inch pieces. Add to the pot with the onions. Add chicken broth, almond milk, salt and pepper. Cover and cook about 20-25 minutes or until asparagus is very tender.

2. Remove from heat, add sour cream and use an immersion blender to puree until smooth. On of my favorite parts to this soup is sprinkling my Easy Seasoned Croutons and a dollop of sour cream! Easy, light, healthy, and wholesome…everything you need in a soup.

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