Low Fat Gluten Free Artichoke Dip

This Low Fat Gluten Free Artichoke Dip is super yummy!  It’s also dairy free which means it can be enjoyed by those with sensitivities to lactose.  During the holidays, serving a low fat dip packed full of veggies is a great way to cut down on unnecessary calories, plus it will get those much needed fibre into your diet.
If you can’t eat eggs, try substituting out the mayo with low fat plain yogurt and a little splash of apple cider vinegar for a bit of a kick.

1 cup canned/jarred artichokes, drained
1 TSP chopped garlic clove
1 TBSP chopped shallot
2 TBSP lemon juice
1/4 cup low fat mayo
1/4 cup tinned red or green chili’s (less or more – depending on your desired heat)
1/2 cup tinned cannelloni or great northern beans (any type of soft white bean will do)
1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
pinch of salt
pinch of white pepper

In a food processor, finely chop garlic and shallot.  Add the low fat mayo, lemon juice, tinned red or green chili’s, tinned cannelloni or great northern beans, Dijon mustard and blend well.  Add artichokes and pulse until artichokes are incorporated into the mixture but don’t over chop – you want to be left with some nice chunky pieces.

Garnish with a generous pinch of paprika, a squeeze of lemon and dry chili peppers (if desired). Serve with your favourite gluten free chips or crackers.

Notes:

Try adding a 1/4 cup chopped spinach for another tasty healthy option.
Substitute egg free mayo for a vegan option.

Did you know?  The artichoke is a large thistle that belongs to the sunflower family. The green vegetable has several thick pointed leaves attached to a central heart. It resembles a large flower bud on top of a slender stalk. The soft petal bases and heart of the vegetable are the edible portions. It is one of the highly nutritious vegetables available during the winter.