A Winter Vegetarian Appetizer

Winter Warmth In This Appetizer

One of the largest challenges in the winter is staying warm.  As you might imagine there are any number of ways that you can stay warm, but some that you may not have considered. 
 
Most common is heating the home.  Be it a fireplace or the heater being turned up, the home is arguable the warmest place to be.
 
Then there’s clothing and how warm that can make  you.  With the inevitable layers that come with winter clothing, it too is a common way to stay warm.
 
The next thing and perhaps not as often thought abut is the items we consume.  Be it a hot drink or a hot meal, both can warm you up and warm your to the core.
 
 With that in mind for your consideration is a simple appetizer.  Simple both in how to make it, and the lenght of time it takes to make it.
 
Consider warming up with Spinach and Artichoke Dip. 


Simple And Easy...
Spinach and artichoke dip will warm you up!

It's Easy, This Is All You need

It’s Easy, This Is All You need

To make an spinach and artichoke dip, you don’t need a lot of different types of foods.
 
Mayo, artichoke hearts, bell peppers and cheese.  That’s it.  It’s hard to get fewer than 4 items for any food dish. 
 
Some items can be interchange with others.  Such as Mayo can be exchanged for salad dressing.  And different cheese can be used, with the only must being Parmesan cheese.
 
Amounts are almost as simple with 1 cup of mayo,  Parmesan cheese (fresh is strongly recommended) and artichoke hearts (chopped) .
 
 I recommend fresh spinach, it’s healthier but you can use 9 – 10 oz of frozen spinach.
 
1/2 c of red bell pepper chopped and 1/4 cup of cheese.  My favorite is mozzarella cheese, both for flavor and it’s ability to become very creamy.  Also, I’ve seen recipes that use 1 cup or more of cheese.  So don’t feel limited to what is in a recipe.  
 
While your mixing everything into a bowl make sure your doing the standard preheated oven to 350.
 
For 30 minutes or until bubbling and golden brown.   
 
Rest, it’s that easy! 
 
 
 
 


Fresh Veggies...
are always better than frozen or processed.

Fresh Is Best

I know most recipes I’ve looked and have all said the same thing: use frozen spinach.  But for me, there’s a major problem with that.  You’re losing so much of the vitamins and nutrients that come within each one of them.
 
You may be thinking it’s impossible to have fresh in the winter, but it’s not.  The easiest way to have fresh vegetables in the winter is to use grow boxes.   
 
You’re not limited to the veggies you can grow, you’re not limited to how cold it is outside.  It’s a completely wonderful solution to getting a healthy diet in the middle of winter.  


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