Delicious & Easy Party Appetizer: Broccoli Artichoke Dip

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I have found an easy and delicious party appetizer. Perfect for any occasion or party this recipe is going to be a hit! Game day get together s,  anyone giving a baby shower or for your new years parties! When ever you need a recipe you can whip up in no time flat, heat it in 25 minutes and serve, this is going to be the party recipe that you keep pulling out time after time! I’m going to show you how easy it is to make this Broccoli and Artichoke Dip Recipe and a few other tricks that will make your cooking or entertaining a little simpler.

You don’t have to waste time in the kitchen making recipes 100% from scratch.You can create the same great holiday meals, appetizers, and sides without all of the stress with the help of Green Giant® Valley Fresh Steamers. That is part of what makes this dish so easy! Grabbing a bag of  Green Giant® Broccoli & Cheese Sauce. #SimpleVsScratch Seriously, why make a homemade cheese sauce or precook the broccoli when you can cut your time in half and I promise this will still taste divine!

Gather all your supplies for this delicious and easy Broccoli and Artichoke Dip! Prep time: 15 minutes bake time: 25-30 minutes.

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Ingredients:

  •  12 ounce bag of  Green Giant® Broccoli & Cheese Sauce
  • 1- 8 ounce chive and onion cream cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese ( the original recipe calls for freshly shredded Parmesan Cheese) Either way you’ll love it!
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 cup milk ( the original calls for 1/4 cup but, it didn’t seem like I needed the entire amount. maybe because I used pre grated Parmesan Cheese)
  • 1 can artichokes ( drain and chop)
  • 1/4 cup roasted red bell peppers ( drain and chop)
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper * cayenne ( I omitted from mine eh, just an over sight)
  • 1 loaf baguette or sour dough french bread or your favorite crackers

Green Giant Steamers_ Broccoli and Cheese Sauce_ Groceries for Artichoke dip_ Groceries_Theresa Huse 2013

Heat  Green Giant® Broccoli & Cheese Sauce per instructions.

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In the mean time drain then chop the artichokes, red bell peppers

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and put the rest of the ingredients into a big bowl as follows.

Into bowl: Cream cheese,  half theParmesan Cheese, Mayo, chopped artichokes, roasted red peppers. Next grab your Green Giant® Broccoli & Cheese Sauce cut a slit to let cool a bit (per package instructions!) before adding all but the big pieces of broccoli to the mixture. Then chop up and add the bigger broccoli and toss into bowl. Toss in the ground red pepper (cayenne) at this point if using. Mix gently. Next add milk as needed!

Bowl of broccoli and cheese_artichoke hearts_ red bell peppers_ Theresa Huse 2013

Pre Heat oven to 350* I used a non stick spray on my baking dish! Put mixture in baking dish and add the other half of the Parmesan cheese.

 

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Bake for  25-30 minutes! (or) Until hot and bubbling.

 

French Bread Cut up in a bowl_ Bread_Theresa Huse 2013

While it was baking I cut up into bite sized pieces my sour dough french bread.

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This recipe for Broccoli and Artichoke Dip can be easily prepped in advance, kept covered in fridge and bake just before needed! Best part is this is so yummy I don’t think you’ll be having to worry about left overs!

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It’s seriously easy and delicious! Not to mention the broccoli was the perfect texture from using the Green Giant® Broccoli & Cheese Sauce. (Valley Fresh Steamers)

 

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Now if you are looking for more recipes just head over to SeriousEats that’s where I grabbed this recipe to try!

Delicious & Easy Party Appetizer: Broccoli Artichoke Dip

Ingredients

  • 12 ounce bag of Green Giant® Broccoli & Cheese Sauce
  • 1- 8 ounce chive and onion cream cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese ( the original recipe calls for freshly shredded Parmesan Cheese) Either way you'll love it!
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 cup milk ( the original calls for 1/4 cup but, it didn't seem like I needed the entire amount. maybe because I used pre grated Parmesan Cheese)
  • 1 can artichokes ( drain and chop)
  • 1/4 cup roasted red bell peppers ( drain and chop)
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper * cayenne ( I omitted from mine eh, just an over sight)
  • 1 loaf baguette or sour dough french bread or your favorite crackers

Instructions

  1. Find full recipe instructions here: http://www.dearcreatives.com/delicious-easy-party-appetizer-broccoli-artichoke-dip/
  2. Adapted from Simply Eats Recipe Broccoli and Artichoke Party Dip
  3. http://www.seriouseats.com/sponsored/2013/11/broccoli-and-artichoke-party-dip.html
http://www.dearcreatives.com/delicious-easy-party-appetizer-broccoli-artichoke-dip/

Disclosure: I did receive Green Giant® Broccoli & Cheese Sauce. (Valley Fresh Steamers) to facilitate my review and make a recipe of my choosing. These are all my 100% honest opinions. Receiving the product did not influence my opinion. 

Easy Healthy Appetizer or Every day Snack Option: #Recipe Red Bell Pepper Hummus

red bell pepper hummus, Hummus Dip with Triscut Brown Rice, Sea Salt & Black Pepper Crackers, Theresa Huse 2013

When it comes to entertaining, having children or in my case a preteen in the house it means constantly looking for those healthy snack options, entertaining & food choices.Serving up healthy, easy to make foods that are quick to prepare & serve up my hungry kid and all her friends is best. I have to admit I have used them as mini food critics when it comes to making appetizers & snacks that I may serve when I entertain.They tend to be picky eaters. When I find those easy, healthy options they love I just have to share how easy they can be to make for everyday or as an appetizer! Serving it with Triscuit’s just made it a bit easier with their new flavor options.

Triscuit Crackers, Trisuits in a bowl

An easy way to get started on the healthy snacking is trying this red bell pepper hummus snack or appetizer recipe then serve with the new Triscuit Flavors! That is just what I did and I am going to share how easy this dip recipe is for your parties or every day snacking needs! You can top your crackers with a dip & garnish for a party, serve in a bowl for larger crowds & those hungry kids. First I had to decide which crackers to use. I picked Brown Rice, Sea Salt & Black Pepper.

Triscuit new flavors

There are several new flavors to pick from such as:

  • Brown Rice, Baked with Savory Red Beans
  • Brown Rice,  Sweet Potato & Roasted with Sweet Onion
  • Brown Rice, Tomato & Sweet Basil
  • Brown Rice, Sea Salt & Black Pepper

For the kids Brown Rice, Baked with Savory Red Beans. You can’t go wrong with that flavor along with a bean dip or topped with melted cheese & mild salsa. Or take your refried beans & add small package of cream cheese & warm it up. What kid doesn’t like a bean dip right? Now for serving the adults when entertaining I love a good hummus dip & I picked the Brown Rice, Sea Salt & Black Pepper crackers to go with them. Funny thing, the kids ended up liking this just as much!

Trisuit Crackers with Red Bell Pepper Hummus, Crackers and Hummus, Theresa Huse 2013

You’d be surprised that a lot of kids enjoy hummus & it is not that difficult to make. Homemade hummus is a Middle Eastern dip.

Red Pepper Hummus:

Ingredients:

  •  1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
  •  1/2 jar roasted red peppers (1 cup) or roast 1 whole red bell pepper yourself!
  •  3 tablespoons to 1 lemon juiced
  •  1 1/2 tablespoons tahini oil (I didn’t have this so I substituted with olive oil)
  • 1 tbs. sesame seeds
  •  2-3 clove garlic, minced
  •  1/2 teaspoon paprika
  •  1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  •  additionally you could add cumin if you like
  •  since the crackers I purchased had sea salt & pepper I omitted salt & pepper, other wise salt & pepper to taste.

Or for less spicy flavor use 1/2 teaspoon paprika omit the cumin & cayenne pepper.

Steps: 

Drain & rinse garbanzo beans

Cut, in half, seed & rinse red pepper, broil lightly on each side then let cool & then cut to fit into food processor. or just used jar red peppers ( like I did to make it simple).

Add all the ingredients into the food processor & pulse until well blended.

Spread on crackers or serve in a bowl garnished with a sliver of red bell pepper & surrounded by your favorite Triscuit Flavors crackers.

red bell pepper hummus, triscuit crackers, brown rice sea salt and black pepper triscuits, Theresa Huse 2013

Now what is great about these Brown Rice Triscuits? They are baked with 100% whole grain brown rice and wheat. Not only are your kids eating a healthy dip they are eating a healthy cracker!

Now did someone say pool party? Girls night in party? Block party? This is the perfect healthy appetizer as hummus dip can be made a few days in advance & stored in a sealed container ready for your summer entertaining or anytime appetizers. Just add your favorite New Triscuit Flavors & your ready to make a splash!

Triscuit Brown Rice Sea Salt and Black Pepper Crackers, Triscuit Crackers

To find out more about Triscuit Brown Rice crackers visit Triscuit on Pinterest 

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How do you reinvent classic meals and snacks?

 

 

A new take on an old favorite. Enjoy the new line of Triscut baked with whole grain brown rice and wheat, some with real food ingredients like sweet potato or red beans.​

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Triscuit. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Triscuit.  The opinions and text are all mine.

Easy, Simple Guacamole #Recipe

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Dear Creatives, I have many versions of guacamole that I make, but somehow this seems to be the one the family eats up the quickest! So I thought I would share how simple of a recipe this is! You can use this guacamole to eat with chips, crackers, add to tacos, top enchiladas, top burgers or toss into a green salad. Add something else sure! But, this is the easiest,  yummiest & is so simple to make.

Simple guacamole requires fresh ingredients to be at it’s best!

 

With a few ingredients from the farmers market, fruit stand or store. It is basically a wash, peel, chop & squeeze away from being done!

 

 

You will love this delicious guacamole! {Just click image to enlarge with ingredient list}

 

 

I love serving my Simple Guacamole in a glass dish so you can see all the fresh goodness! Another item I love in my guacamole is cilantro, but shh don’t tell the guacamole I didn’t have any on hand! Now for the Simple Guacamole Recipe!

 

Simple Guacamole

Simple Guacamole

Easy! Add Cilantro & to spice things up one chopped Jalapeno if desired!

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Avocados
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lime
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Peel & chop avocado (s)
  2. Chop: Tomato, red onion, garlic
  3. Squeeze in fresh lime juice
  4. Salt & Pepper to taste
http://www.dearcreatives.com/easy-simple-guacamole-recipe/

Yes, some like it hot! Just add chopped jalapeno to the recipe, but be sure to check out this jalapeno post when your done, because you are sure to need gloves! 

What is your favorite appetizer for the summer? 

Do you have a recipe, craft…to share? Link-Up!

 

New Years Appetizers

 

Dear Creatives, A couple of appetizers & a few recipes to make your New Years Eve or Day delicious! And hopefully easy too. All recipe links at end of post~

Good Life Eats

Shared on the Good Life Eats is this simple make ahead marinated olive recipe which can be made 2-3 days in advance or served the same day.

 

 

 

A Good Life Eats

These feta cheese balls look amazing!Prep time 15 min & cook time 20, serving them warm perfect!

 

 

 

Food Network

There are hundreds of Bruschetta recipes but this one looks so yummy! With a touch of sweet & savory.

 

 

 

Food Network

One of our favorite family recipes for appetizers puts a spin on this easy to do recipe by Giada De Lorentiis at Food Network. We just leave out the mint.  An option that we have done  is to add in a small amount of  cooked Italian sausage without casings, drained to the mixture. They are seriously bite sized bits of heaven. There is even a video to show you how easy it is to prepare.

Stuffed Mushrooms:

  • 1/2 cup Italian-style dried bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves (* we leave this out)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 28 large (2 1/2-inch-diameter) white mushrooms, stemmed

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Stir the bread crumbs, Pecorino Romano, garlic, parsley, mint, salt and pepper, to taste, and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium bowl to blend. Drizzle a heavy large baking sheet with about 1 tablespoon olive oil, to coat. Spoon the filling into the mushroom cavities and arrange on the baking sheet, cavity side up. Drizzle remaining oil over the filling in each mushroom. Bake until the mushrooms are tender and the filling is heated through and golden on top, about 25 minutes. Serve.

 

What is your favorite party appetizer?

Marinated Olives

Feta Cheese Balls

Bruschetta with Gorgonzola Cheese & Honey

Stuffed Mushrooms

100 Food Network Bruschetta Recipes

For 17 more Quick & Easy New Years Eve Appetizers

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