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Sumptuous Spinach and Artichoke Dip

By Charlotte on January 16, 2015 6:32 AM

By Judith Finlayson, author The Healthy Slow Cooker

Although spinach and artichoke dip has become a North American classic, its roots lie in Provençal cuisine, where the vegetables are usually baked with cheese and served as a gratin. This chunky dip, simplicity itself, always draws rave reviews and disappears to the last drop. This is great with Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips (see below) or even simple brown rice crackers.

Made with good-for-you ingredients like fresh spinach, 3 cheeses and artichoke hearts, this comforting, warm dip always draws rave reviews and disappears quickly.

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Sumptuous Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Makes about 3 Cups


Small to medium (1 1/2 to 3 1/2 quart) slow cooker

In slow cooker stoneware, combine mozzarella, Neufchâtel cheese, Parmesan, garlic, artichokes, spinach and black pepper. Cover and cook on High for 2 hours, until hot and bubbly. Stir well and serve with homemade tortilla chips.


If you prefer a smoother dip, place spinach and artichokes in a food processor, in separate batches, and pulse until desired degree of fineness is achieved. Then combine with remaining ingredients in slow cooker stoneware.

If you prefer, use frozen artichokes, thawed, to make this recipe. You will need 6 artichoke hearts.

Nutrients Per Serving (about 1/4 cup): 87 calories, 5.2 g protein, 4 g carbohydrates; 6 g fat (total),1.6 g dietary fiber, 196 mg sodium and 20 mg cholesterol.

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Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips


To make your own healthy tortilla chips, buy fresh corn tortillas from a reliable source. (I get mine hot from a taqueria.) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Brush each tortilla on both sides with extra virgin olive oil. Stack and cut so each individual tortilla produces 8 segments. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt.


Judith Finlayson, author The Healthy Slow Cooker

About the Author

Judith Finlayson is a bestselling author whose love of food and passion for cooking has translated into sales of more than one million cookbooks. She lives in Toronto, ON.

Recipe* Excerpted from

Healthy Slow Cooker, 2nd edition: More than 135 Gluten-Free Recipes for Health and Wellness

Author: Judith Finlayson

Other Works: 175 Essential Slow-Cooker Classics, The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes, The Convenience Cook and many other cookbooks

Publisher: Robert Rose Inc.

Penned: MarchFinalHealthySCCover 350.jpg 15, 2014

What's Inside: Dozens of tasty recipes designed to help you tap into the healing power of food. You can often make all or part of these nutrient-packed ideas in advance, toss the ingredients in your slow cooker and return later to home-cooked goodness. Talk about convenient.

Think Chili with Black Beans and Grilled Chicken, Mixed Vegetables with Spicy Peanut Sauce, Poached Pears in Chocolate Sauce and much more. You'll also find loads of helpful tips sure to encourage healthy eating like choosing cabbage to fight colon cancer, coconut milk to boost your immune system and parsley for a great source of bone-strengthening vitamin K.  

Time Out: 352 pages

Available: $24.95 where books are sold

* Courtesy The Healthy Slow Cooker, Second Edition by Judith Finlayson © 2014 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted from a free review copy with publisher permission.

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