I need your help. My creativity is totally blank on this one.
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I took the recipe for my favorite dip, and turned it into a side dish to go with our Thanksgiving meal. The neufchatel cheese is mostly to bind things together a bit, but the slight bit of tartness works well with both the spinach and artichoke hearts.
12 oz package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and chopped
10 oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 slices good quality center-cut bacon
3 tbsp Neufchatel cheese (because it's 1/3 the fat of cream cheese)
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
I used a non-stick pan for this, to keep the fat content lower. Cook the bacon til crisp, remove from pan to drain on paper towels then crumble for later. Into the hot bacon fat (there should only be about 1 tbsp in the pan, so drain some if there's more) add the chopped garlic and stir for 2 minutes. Add the artichoke hearts and spinach, and stir occasionally while they sautee. Put the crumbled bacon in, and mix well. Add the Neufchatel cheese and pepper, and stir until the cheese is melted into the vegetables. Remove from heat and stir in the shredded Parmesan, and serve.
Assuming you get 6 servings out of this, the nutrition information per serving is as follows:
89 Calories; 4g Fat (43.0% calories from fat); 6g Protein; 7g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 9mg Cholesterol; 216mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat.
Surprised that I included Nutrition Information? Well, expect it in the future. I'm using the MasterCook software to keep my recipes in instead of in a folder on my hard drive, and it provides the nutritional information so I thought I'd share it from now on.