I know this is Valentine’s Day and I’m supposed to be posting about chocolate and love but here I am telling you about Vegan Cheese and Artichoke Dip instead. You could call me kooky if you’d like. You wouldn’t be the first…and I doubt you’ll be the last. I agree that chocolate and love go hand-in-hand, I’m just expanding my list to include this Awesome Cheezy Vegan Dip too.
In fact, I’m spending this Valentine’s Day without my sweetheart. It’s the first one we’ve missed being together since we met.
My hubby and I went to Phoenix together to visit his parents and I came back early. It seemed like a good plan at the time…until I realized we’d be missing Valentine’s Day together. And until I had to get on that 747 without him.
I like traveling with my hubby. I need someone’s hand to hold during take-off. And I find strangers sitting next to me on the plane think it’s odd.
People just aren’t as friendly as they used to be, don’t you think?
I know a lot of people think Valentine’s Day is way too commercial. I agree. Why in the world do we need a day dedicated to all this romance and love? It’s ridiculous! Shouldn’t we just tell people we love them?
And seriously, do NOT try this with strangers sitting next to you on a plane. If you think holding hands during take-off is bad, this one will really get them worried!
But even though my head says this Valentine’s stuff is over the top, I just can’t help myself. I love Valentine’s Day. I do!
In fact, between you and me, it’s bigger in my book than some of the major holidays. I don’t need Christmas presents. I can definitely do without fireworks on the fourth day in July. But Valentine’s Day cards? Can’t live without them! OK. Well, I can actually live without them, but what fun would it be?
I remember cutting pink, red, and white construction paper with my un-pointy scissors to decorate boxes for getting and giving cards in school.
I love the dark chocolates my hubby gets for me every year.
It’s all so…fetching!
Come to think about it, maybe they should make it a national holiday!
So if you find yourself on this day – or any day for that matter – looking for something special to fix for your love, try this Vegan Cheese and Artichoke Dip. You could find yourself in the midst of a cholesterol-free spinach and artichoke lovefest.
Now that I think about it, that doesn’t sound too exciting. It probably won’t be gracing a Hallmark Card any day soon. But I think you get the idea. If not, feel free to call me kooky. I can take it.
Vegan Cheese and Artichoke Dip
- 1/2 cup vegan margarine
- 1 small chopped onion
- 1/2 cup flour (I used brown rice flour to make these gluten-free)
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 tablespoon Bragg
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 package Follow Your Heart vegan white cheese (Mozzarella or Monterrey Jack), grated
- 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
- 1 can artichoke hearts, drained
- In a medium sized skillet, cook onions in margarine over medium heat until onions are translucent. Add flour and stir until a paste is formed.
- Add boiling water 1 cup at a time, stirring in between until all ingredients are incorporated.
- Add the Bragg, garlic, and nutritional yeast flakes and stir until well combined.
- Next add the grated vegan cheese. Stir this a bit and turn the heat up just a tad and put a lid on it (I love saying that). This step may take just a bit because you’re trying to get the cheese to melt. Sometimes vegan cheeses need a little coaxing in that regard. You can walk away while the cheese is being convinced, but be sure to check in on it from time to time and give it a little stir here and there. This part will take about 10 – 15 minutes.
- Once the cheese has melted to the right consistency, add the chopped spinach and artichoke hearts. You don’t have to do this, but I think you’ll be glad you did.
- Serve the cheese dip with crackers, tortilla chips, or even sliced veggies.
- Enjoy with your favorite sweethearts!
I’m so happy both my hubby and daughter are vegan. That means we can all enjoy these tasty treats together. But this recipe is one that vegans and non-vegans alike will enjoy so I’m looking forward to taking it to my next party. Lucky for me I have one coming up soon!