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Spinach Artichoke Chicken Pizza

Calling all of you spinach artichoke dip lovers!

Allow me to introduce you to one of my new favorites — Spinach Artichoke & Chicken Pizza! Actually, the chicken is optional, but the spinach and artichokes are a must. This one turned out to be fantastic!

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Chipotle Lime Shrimp

There are some flavors that are just meant to be together. Peanut butter and jelly…. Strawberries and cream…. Salt and pepper… And one of MY favorites…chipotle and lime. Yum!

The wonderfully smoky, sweet and slightly spicy chipotle mixes perfectly with the tangy, sweet lime to make a delicious seasoning perfect for just about any meat, fish, seafood, salad dressing, vegetables, sauce…you name it!

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Spinach Artichoke Hummus

For the final recipe on Day 7 of “Hip Hip for Hummus Week”, we visit a classic cheesy dip translated into a healthier (and vegan) alternative — spinach and artichoke hummus!

I thought it would be a fun experiment, but was surprised by how much I loved this recipe! The classic spin-artichoke combination, paired with the rich tahini and lemon juice proved to be even more flavorful (in my opinion!) than the classic dip I’ve made for years! And…you get to trade in a bunch of extra fiber for all of that cheese. :)

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Spring Vegetable Minestrone

Ok, I wasn’t really planning to post this one. But it turned out so amazingly delicious I decided to at least snap a final photo and pop it on here! :)

Don’t be at all scared by the long list of ingredients. This soup — like all minestrone soups — is so much more about the method than the specifics. So feel free to just toss in whatever vegetables you have on hand. Since it’s Spring, I happened to have some fresh spinach, asparagus, and snow peas in the fridge waiting to be used. (Along with the carrots, celery and onion that I recommend always having on hand!) But really, you can toss in whatever veggies you like!

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Spaghetti Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino (Spaghetti With Garlic, Olive Oil & Chili Peppers)

Growing up, I remember eating pasta…a lot. But while the rest of the family would always enjoy the amazing array of sauces my mom made, my request was always “plain, please!” On rare occasions, I might branch out and sprinkle a bit of Parmesan on top, but otherwise, sans anything sauce-related.

It’s true. I was that child. :S

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Creamy Roasted Asparagus Soup

Wow – asparagus seems to be everywhere right now! And since those beautiful, bright green stalks are apparently irresistible to me at the store (especially when they’re on sale!), we’ve been enjoying lots of asparagus lately in my kitchen. Roasted, blanched, in pesto, in gnocchi, you name it…we’ve enjoyed it!

But this week, I revisited a favorite recipe I remember trying last spring — asparagus soup! And once again – it was wonderful!! As a spin on the original recipe from Gourmet, I decided to try roasting all of the veggies (similar to this simple method for this roasted tomato soup). And sure enough – loved how it kicked the flavor up a notch!

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Gnocchi With Shrimp, Asparagus & Pesto

I’m all for 30-minute meals. But I’m an even bigger fan of 15-minute meals!! :)

So yes, allow me to introduce you to a new favorite main dish that came about today somewhat randomly. I have been trying to clean out the freezer this week, and wanted to use up some shrimp and frozen “ice cubes” of pesto that were calling my name. And since I’d also picked up some beautiful asparagus at the store this week, did a quick google search to see if any creative recipes came up. I was expecting pastas, or a stir-fry, but to my surprise, this yummy recipe popped up for gnocchi — fun!! Already had a package in the pantry, so decided to give it a try.

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