ST. LOUIS — Ingredients

shallots

mushrooms

cannellini beans

garlic

lemon

nutritional yeast

cashews

spinach

artichoke hearts

oregano

Setup

MIXTURE

  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of chopped fresh mushrooms (optional)**
  • 1 14 oz can of artichoke hearts, drained, chopped roughly
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 4 cups of baby spinach, lightly packed

SAUCE

  • 3/4 cup cooked cannellini beans
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews**
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • pinch of salt to taste
  • 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk, broth or water

1 1/2 tablespoons parmesan to garnish (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 425.

In a preheated very hot large skillet, add the shallots. Bring the heat down to med-high and stir often, not allowing the shallots to burn. Keep a cup of water or broth off to the side and add a tablespoon at a time if the food begins to stick. Once the shallots are translucent, add the garlic and stir for 60 seconds. Add the mushrooms. They will soon release their juices and when they do, add in the artichokes and the oregano. Allow to cook for 5 minutes, stirring continuously. Finally, add the spinach and allow it to wilt, again, stirring often.

For the sauce, add the first 5 ingredients to a blender and slowly drizzle in the liquid. You want everything to be whirling around well. Add more liquid if you need to. Pour sauce into vegetable mixture and stir well.

Transfer dip into an oven safe dish and cover. Bake for 15 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with parmesan and return to oven to bake for another 5 minutes.

Serve hot.