Dip

Artichoke, Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese Spread

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Continuing with my love of artichokes, here’s a savory spin to break the monotony of your basic cheese spread. Serve with pita chips or crackers, or make toast cut-outs (I used multi-grain bread for mine) from your favorite cookie cutter. And, punching out the bread shapes is a great and easy way to get the kiddos involved in the kitchen without creating a huge mess for mom to clean up later. When choosing the herbs, I just selected my favorites and the ones I thought would work well together.

6 oz. marinated artichokes, drained and chopped
8 oz. cream cheese
3/4 tsp. dried garlic
1/2 tsp. chives
1/2 tsp. dill weed
1/2 tsp. parsley
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. dried red & green pepper flakes (optional)
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/8 tsp. white pepper
Chop artichokes in blender or food processor. Combine all ingredients in medium bowl and allow to chill for several hours. Serve with toasted bread, pita chips or crackers.
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Nutritions

Calories
881

Sodium
910mg
37% DV

Fat
68g
105% DV

Protein
19g
39% DV

Carbs
29g
9% DV

Fiber
11g
44% DV

Stewed Okra and Tomatoes is a classic Southern dish! Flavored with bacon, onion, garlic and cider vinegar, you know these vegetables are bound to be good. Serve garden fresh okra and tomatoes during the summer months, or use canned and frozen ingredients in the off-season. Paired with a side of cornbread, this is a simple and affordable dish to enjoy year-round!

3 slices thick cut bacon
1 small Vidalia onion
2 cloves garlic
2 15.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
1 T sugar
2 t fresh thyme leaves
1 dried bay leaf
1/2 t apple cider vinegar
1/2 t Worcestershire sauce
2 c fresh or frozen okra
salt and pepper ( to taste )
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  • In a large skillet or Dutch oven, cook bacon until the bacon is starting to get crispy and the fat is rendered, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the onion and garlic; saute for 5 more...
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Nutritions

Calories
1105

Sodium
1147mg
47% DV

Fat
114g
176% DV

Protein
1g
3% DV

Carbs
4g
1% DV

Fiber
2g
8% DV