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Slam Dunk Kale Artichoke Dip

(Thought I’d share from over at TheWifeyKitchen.com!)

Considering the fact that 40 million Americans fill out NCAA brackets- I’m assuming at least a few of you will watch the games and attend a viewing party or host friends…am I right?

That got me thinking about a recipe that travels well, and is at least SEMI healthy….and this dip is the answer.

I made it for my family over the Christmas holiday as an appetizer and even my brother was a fan, so I tweaked it some more and if I may say- it’s delicious.

Plus, it’s green…just like my team THE MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS!

Slam Dunk Kale Artichoke Dip

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What You Need/Grocery List:

  • either a can of quartered artichoke heats or a healthy serving of artichokes from the salad bar.
  • a bag of spinach and/or a container full of spinach from the salad bar.
  • a bunch of kale- I get mine pre chopped from Whole Foods salad bar. You can also buy your own and chop it
  • a small container of Greek Yogurt- PLAIN. I like to use the 2% fat version
  • 1/2 cup of light mayo
  • 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • a head of garlic
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • either a fresh round load of bread or crackers/bread for dipping
  • a blender or food processor
  • a round or square baking dish- oven safe

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What To Do:

  • pre heat your oven to 350 degrees, cut off top of garlic and place cut side up , wrapped in tin foil and drizzled with olive oil in the oven for about 30 mins. When the garlic is soft enough to squeeze- it’s done.

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and after

and after

  • sautee 2 tsp olive oil , kale and spinach for about 5 mins or until everything is “wilted”.
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pre wilting

  • dump the mixture into a blender, add the artichoke and garlic and pulse until blended

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  • return this mix to a bowl and add your cheeses, yogurt and mayo- and a dash of salt and pepper as needed- stir until it’s all one happy family

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  • layer into your baking dish, sprinkle some extra cheese on top
  • bake – un covered- for around 25 mins or until the top begins to get golden brown

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  • (IF USING ROUND LOAF) cut off top, scoop out middle and break or cut into pieces. Pour dip into bowl and serve with pieces for dipping.
  • Otherwise- serve with tortilla chips, or crackers and track that bracket without starving!

* STEP BY STEP VIDEO COMING SOON*

Go Green

This weekend I went back to MSU for the first time since 2005.
It was odd to be back on campus and not remember where anything was, and checking out the stuff that had changed. For example- we were meeting at the IM Circle Building and I had no idea where that was….even though I had cheerleading practice there for up to 5 times a week for 2 years.

Perhaps it had something to do with the cocktails I consumed while bartending at PT O’Malley’s?

When I was in school this bar was the place to be and meet up. (we had no cell phones- wow) And it was still the same place. My Alpha Phi sister Kellee Kazan’s guest appearance made going back to the bar that much sweeter.

Yeah, I tipped the bartenders pretty pretty good this weekend.

She used to be “Fournier” now she’s Kellee Kazan.

I also knocked on the door at Alpha Phi to say hi to the girls who were there and see how the house has changed. A workout room and patio!?

Regretfully I didn’t get a slice of Georgio’s or Lou and Harry’s…BUT I did eat at El Azteca.

Double high fives to Lewie in the Spartan Athletic Department for the sweet passes to the game.

I thought I’d go back and feel old but instead I felt thankful I wasn’t stumbling around like a drunk freshman.

Go Green!

Slam Dunk

I want to let these shoes speak for themselves. They are gorgeous.

Nike gifted me a few pair to give to “Spartan men in my life” so I gave a pair to my dude (who also went to MSU) and the rest go to the Michigan State Alumni Association to auction off for charity.

There is something awesome about surprising grown men with shoes and hearing them scream with joy.

1.3 Mid Shield Rivalry

Spartyball 2012

Go Green! Go White!

Stop judging me, I bleed green and white for Michigan State and I was honored to be an Executive Host along with some of my other favorite alums.

Hey Mateen- remember when we rode on the fire truck in the parade together after we won the Championship?

The event was Saturday night at the River East Arts Center, which was transformed into a Green paradise- think Emerald City. We listened to some VIP boosters speak, hugged and shook hands with Mateen Cleaves, Pat Boyle and Jason Andreas and his lovely wife and met Ty Garland and his beautiful wife.

not green…but you get the idea?

Then we hit the dance floor. My friends Raj, Lisa and Nick were our dance partners and we half danced/half laughed as the “band” played such classics as; “Tell Me What You Want”  by the Spice Girls.

Eric, me, Raj and Lisa on the dance floor

 

All in all it was an amazing event and every Spartan who can get to Chicago should attend next year’s bash.

Special thanks to Eric Bolf- who is the man behind the alumni group who contacted me for this.

 

Lisa Frame is now an honorary Spartan

Shaun- who’s also an MSU alumni