Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Crockpot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Now that school is starting back, having a slow cooker is a handy appliance that can be a  lifesaver. Author, Judith Finlayson shares how to create 175 different recipes in her latest book “175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics” and how easy and convenient it is. You’ll find recipes for everyday favorites to elegant entertaining as well as an array of vegetarian dishes, tips, techniques and photographs. I love this recipe for Spinach and Artichoke Dip. What a simple, brilliant recipe idea! Judith offers great tips in her cookbook. If you prefer a smoother dip, place the artichokes and spinach in a food processor, in separate batches, and pulse until desired degree of fineness is achieved. Then combine with remaining ingredients inc the slow cooker stoneware.

This recipe is fabulous for an appetizer for busy school nights, tailgating, football parties, Labor Day and more. Enjoy and be sure to check out this book at the link here.

FinalEssentialSCCover

 

Salmon Salad Crostini

Summer is in full swing, and so many friends go to the lake or beach for the weekends. Recently, I have had so many requests for summer appetizers. This Salmon Salad Crostini is one of my newest favorites. Salmon is so healthy for you, and I have been craving it a lot lately. This is a great way to use salmon in a different way or when you have salmon leftovers. This also makes a great shower appetizer or even a holiday appetizer this fall. In under 30 minutes, you’ll have this ready to serve.

Chunky Black Bean Salsa

Looking for a great summer fresh appetizer? Try this Chunky Black Salsa for Fourth of July, Labor Day or for any summer dinner or cookout. It’s so fresh and easy, Be sure to add the avocado in last so it won’t turn brown. Serve on tortilla scoops or on top of a salad. It also makes a great healthy snack.

Labor Day Low-Fat Appetizer: Spinach Artichoke Dip

IMG_2199

Labor Day is just around the corner, and so many friends have been asking me for recipes, especially appetizers. I prepared this today in Nashville on Newschannel 5 “Talk of the Town”. The television crew couldn’t believe this recipe was low-fat. See many recipes such as this in my new book, “Taste the Good Things in Life” which is available on my “Shop” page on my website.                

 

Steak-Fresh Herb and Tomato Crostini Appetizer

img_1431

Since summer is here, I like to cook appetizer recipes that are easy to prepare, delicious and perfect to serve while I’m grilling outside. This recipe works great using leftover steak, or if you want to serve a hearty appetizer, you can create this one on the grill while you are grilling the rest of your meal. I love the combination of sun-dried tomatoes and fresh plum tomatoes. If you don’t like blue cheese, use fresh Parmesan or feta cheese. I developed this recipe for Laura’s Lean Beef, and it would be perfect for the Fourth of July.