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Spinach Artichoke Dip –CLEAN EATING!

A healthy spinach artichoke dip? You got it! This dip was half gone before I could snap this picture before devouring the rest. I just started eating cottage cheese a lot lately because I have been feeding it to my 9 month old. I mix it with fruit for her breakfast sometimes. I take a bite, she takes a bite, and we go back and forth. It’s high in protein and she’s always super hungry. Well, she loves it! It has also helped her tummy because it has probiotics similar to yogurt. Who knew?! Anyways, cottage cheese is great protein and therefore great for weight loss and curbing appetite. It is overall an amazing food.

Anyhow, I got this CRAZY idea to make a spinach artichoke dip using cottage cheese instead of mayo and all that unhealthy stuff the dip normally consists of. Well, TRY THIS. Trust me. It was so delicious, I started immediately calling people telling them to make it. (I have never done this before.)

Here is the SIMPLE and HEALTHY recipe….

Sautee half a bag of fresh organic spinach, half a can of chopped up artichoke hearts, and freshly crushed garlic in a little bit of coconut or olive oil. I used the Pampered Chef garlic press to release the fresh garlic flavors into the dip. I love this thing. It leaves me smelling like garlic for days, but who cares? Not I. 🙂

I then mixed the warm veggies in a glass mixing bowl with a container of cottage cheese. I added half a cup of shredded cheddar and about 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese. I added about 1 tsp. of pepper. There you have it– Spinach artichoke dip!

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Pull Apart Pizza Bread

Pull Apart Pizza Bread

Pull apart pizza bread
Pre-heat oven to 400. Grease a nonstick pan with olive oil or cooking spray.
Cut pizza dough into bite sized pieces, and toss in a bowl with olive oil, Italian spices, Parmesan cheese, shredded mozzarella, garlic, and pizza toppings until all pieces are coated with oil.
Throw everything into the greased bread pan or similar dish.
Top with Parmesan cheese.
Bake at 400 for approximately 20 minutes until the top is brown and it is cooked all the way through.
Serve with side of marinara sauce.

You can buy the pizza dough in the grocery store, but I find it simple to make my own with my Kitchenaid mixer.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Quick-and-Easy-Pizza-Crust/Detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=quick%20and%20easy%20pizza%20crust&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page&soid=sr_results_p1i1
Ingredients

Quick & Easy Pizza Crust!
Original recipe makes 1 – 12 inch pizza crust
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 1/2 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
Directions

Preheat oven to 400-450 degrees C. In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
Stir in flour, salt and oil. Beat until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat or roll into a round. Transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza pan or baker’s peel dusted with cornmeal. Spread with desired toppings and bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let baked pizza cool for 5 minutes before serving.

My version of pizza bread (pictured) uses cooked spinach and mushrooms, but you can easily substitute cooked ground sausage, peppers, or pepperoni.

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Pumpkin pie bites

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1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup evaporated milk

2/3 cup of all purpose flour

2 eggs (large)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon of allspice

1 pinch of nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

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It’s only September 1st and I’m already in the mood for fall. The scent of nutmeg and cinnamon wafting through the house is one of my favorite things! Here is a recipe I tried for mini pumpkin pies. They can be served with ice cream, whipped cream, or eaten by themselves. If you love pumpkin pie, then you will love these. They would be great to take to work in your lunch or for small hands because of their miniature size. They are crustless and topped with cinnamon sugar.

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