Friday, April 29, 2011

Herbal Artichoke Dip

Cooking with nutritive herbs is a great way to incorporate them into your daily life.  Nettles provide an amazing amount of nutrition.   

This recipe is "Oh my goddess YUMMY!"

Herbal Artichoke Dip

1/2 onion, diced
1 cup spinach chopped
1 cup chopped nettles (or ½ cup dried & reconstituted)
8 ounce jar marinated artichoke heart, drained & separated
1 tablespoon olive oil
2/3 cup Veganaise
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
 3 garlic cloves, minced finely
1 T dried basil
1 T dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup vegan mozzarella (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.
Sauté onion & artichoke hearts in the olive oil.  When onions are tender, add nettles, garlic, basil, parsley, cayenne, pepper & continue to cook for a few moments more (until nettles are wilted).  Remove from heat & mix in garlic, veganiaise, nutritional yeast, mozzarella & stir well.  Place in shallow, oven-proof dish & bake 15 minutes.

Serve with crackers, pita or good quality bread.

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