Green food has my heart.
Next year I may revolt and turn Valentine’s Day into an ode green food.
Dip is always good in my book. Well, almost. I’m sure there have been nasty dips made. One of my favorite dips – Spinach – is beautifully green. The problem with most spinach dips is that they are loaded with cheese/fat/salt/other stuff I can’t have. And where’s the protein?!
I went back to my vegetarian days for the solution. Tofu and nutritional yeast. I swear there is nothing these two ingredients can’t do.
Blending the two together with my favorite spices created a creamy, cheesy base for my spinach dip. Cinnamon and nutmeg may seem like strange additions, but they are really good with greens! They complemented the smoked paprika to give this dip a fabulous depth.
Of course I then I un-veganized the recipe. Twice.
For lunch I made a crust from 2T Kamut flour, 1T coconut flour, 1T apple cider vinegar, and just enough water to make it pancake batter consistency. Then I cooked it a pan like a pancake before topping it with my Spinach Tofu Dip, zucchini, and balsamic chicken and placing it under the broiler to brown.
Then for Meal 6 I mixed my dip with shredded chicken in a ramekin and baked it for 10 mins to make a creamy spinach-chicken treat. The dip alone would be awesome wamred in the oven and eaten with crusty bread.
It tasted even better because my chicken was FREE! Whole
Paycheck Foods took much longer than promised to get the Naked (read: no salt) rotisserie chicken out of the oven. I waited SO long to get it that they comped my whole chicken! They may be pricey, but Whole Foods has the BEST customer service. Amazing Valentine’s Day present.
Cheesy Spinach Tofu Dip
- 9 oz firm tofu
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 T nutritional yeast
- 2 T apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 tsp black pepper
- 3/4 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1 C frozen spinach, thawed
Place all ingredients except the spinach in a high-speed blender and mix until smooth.
Squeeze excess moisture out of spinach, then add to blender.
Pulse until just combined; there should still be large pieces of spinach.
Makes 1 3/4 C.
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Single’s Awareness Day isn’t so bad. I visited to my two loves: the gym and Whole Foods. Good workout + free chicken = happy blogger.
When was the last time you experienced excellent customer service?
Did you do anything strange for Valentine’s Day? Keep it clean, ya’ll… 😉