We are back this week with “part two” of this recipe shoot – an amazing, swooning, Delicious Artichoke Dip 🥰. As I told you in my Easy Peasy Flax Seed Crackers recipe, I am the girl who enjoys dip (loads of it) with her any-type-of-cracker-that-accepts-dips (sometimes veggies are also nice to enjoy a dip on😉).
You guys continue to love my Best Homemade Hummus dish (by the way, I also have an awesome paleo dip – Simple Baba Ganoush), I thought I would make you one more dip that can be fully enjoyed whilst summer is in full swing, or really, at any other time of the year 😉.
Artichokes are such an amazing health food! I literally listened to a podcast where they were talking about Artichokes and how glorious they are. I went straight to the store to buy some as I knew I wanted to create a delicious recipe with it 😍. The Artichokes I used were from a glass jar and contained quite a bit of lemon. Now obviously, the flavor will slightly vary depending on what else has been put into the jar with the artichokes, so feel free to add a bit more lemon if yours are not already infused in it.
Why is this Delicious Artichoke Dip good for you?
Artichokes are such an underrated “vegetable”. I am putting that into quotation marks, as technically they belong to the family of thistles. Artichokes contain healthy amounts of both protein and fiber. They are also loaded with Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Potassium. Artichokes are counted as one of the richest antioxidants food there is (pretty impressive – huh?!). Amongst other health benefits, Artichokes are great at lowering your “bad” cholesterol and triglyceride levels, whilst at the same time increasing your “good” cholesterol levels. Artichokes contain “luteolin”, which is an antioxidant that stops the formation of cholesterol. The leaf extract in Atrichokes also encourages the body to process cholesterol more efficiently, which means there is less that can potentially build up. Another fun fact about Artichokes is that they make everything taste sweet after you have eaten them. This is due to a chemical reaction, which inhibits taste buds that detect sweet flavor. Try it for yourself! Have the dip and then drink a sip of water and see how your taste buds change.
Beautiful, delicious Avocado. Don’t you just love the feeling of cutting open an avocado and finding a perfectly ripe middle inside 🥑? I always end up doing a happy dance 💃… And shooting a picture because I am so in awe of its beauty 🙈. Technically a fruit, Avocados are packed with both fiber and healthy fats. The monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in Avocados have been shown to be able to reduce your “bad” cholesterol levels. The combination of healthy fat and substantial amounts of fiber that you find in Avocados will also ensure that your tummy will be happy and satisfied for a long time. Additionally, the fat also allows the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, K, and E) in Avocados to be better absorbed by your body. Avocados are great at balancing hormones. They contain a plant compound that reduces excess estrogen. Excess estrogen levels can put you at a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer. It could also increase your risk of blood clots and stroke, so balancing this hormone and not having too much excess of it (this is irrespective as to whether you are a man or a woman) in the body is important.
One of my all-time favorite spices! Cumin can quickly elevate a dish to an amazing, delicious level! A leafy plant that grows primarily in China, India, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean, this little gem combines quite a few health benefits under its belt. Cumin contains naturally occurring antioxidants and is also anti-inflammatory. Some experiments also show that cumin may be able to keep cancer cells from multiplying. Cumin may also help with indigestion, particularly diarrhea. The oil extracted from Cumin seeds contains agents that may kill strains of bacteria that are resistant to other antiseptics. Researchers are even looking into whether cumin oil is able to kill of strands of bacteria that are attacking your immune system. All in all, a pretty substantial list of benefits if you ask me 😉.
How can I adjust this recipe to my dietary requirements?
This recipe is vegetarian, vegan, nut-free, and paleo. It can be enjoyed whatever your dietary lifestyle is – so please go ahead and enjoy!!
And there you have it for this week! I hope you enjoy this Delicious Artichoke Dip. As said above, have it alongside the Easy Peasy Flax Seed Crackers, your favorite crackers, or some veggies. Dig in! Also, no need for progress pictures this week – you literally just add the ingredients to a blender 😂. Please let me know how you like the recipe – I love hearing from you. You can leave a comment below or chat with me over on Instagram 🤗.
Delicious Artichoke DipCourse: Dips, sidesCuisine: Vegan, paleoDifficulty: Easy
This Delicious Artichoke Dip is your ideal companion for crackers and veggies alike. The dip is loaded with healthy fats, easy to make and vegan! Enjoy!
1 ripe avocado
1 garlic clove
Artichokes, in a jar, ca. 180 gr. (see above, my jar contained quite a bit of lemon, if you want more lemon in the dish, add additional lemon juice and reduce the water)
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp maple syrup
¼ cup (120 ml.) of water
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne
- Add the avocado, peeled garlic clove, artichokes (including its juices and oil, just add the entire content), lime juice, maple syrup, salt, cumin, cayenne to a small blender. Add a bit of the water at the time, until the consistency is still firm, but everything is mixed through.
- Take out, transfer to a bowl and dip, dip, dip! Enjoy!