What’s that, you ask? Why it’s my Spinach-Onion-Green Pea dip!

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In my excitement to attend my very first Wine & Write event this past Thursday, I wanted to create a vegetarian green appetizer…..so off I went to the fridge to see what I could find. Out came a 1 lb. fresh package of spinach, a frozen bag of green peas, 8 oz of cream cheese and fresh parmesan cheese.  First I sautéed two large white onions, sprinkled them with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, then placed the spinach in the pan and allowed it to cook down.  Then I placed the cream cheese in the pan for just 2 minutes to it would come to room temperature faster.

I drained part of the liquid the onions generated, took out the onion, spinach and cream cheese with a slotted spoon, and pulsed the mix in a food processor, while the frozen peas cooked for just 2 to 3 minutes in the remaining liquid in the pan.  Added the peas into the mix as well as half a cup of fresh parmesan cheese and pulsed until it was creamy, and Voila! It became a highlight at the event.  You could definitely add different ingredients to elevate the “greenness” of this dip – such as add kale or any other greens you have available, or for those that adore bacon, add just a few dried pieces of bacon.

You could add this on top of your couscous or quinoa, to rice, to chicken for a creamy chicken casserole, or just enjoy with pita chips or water crackers. So many choices…..

Stay tuned because I was thinking this would make an absolutely delicious stuffing for handmade raviolis!

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Contemplate the thought of a Ginger, Apple and Onion sauce with Chicken……severe YUM Factor!!!

If you’re tuning in today, you might wonder what is going on….chicken again???!!  But this chicken is really delish.  Definitely different and so, oh, very tasty.

Publix, my local supermarket, did have a special sale on chicken, so I stocked up!  Before starting my Insanity workout, I took the chicken out to defrost and get ready for the next adventurous recipe.  Once I finished another crazy workout, now fully energized I went to the kitchen and started rummaging through my fridge.

Out came two onions, one apple, and 1 teaspoon of unsalted butter.  Got the butter melting and then chopped the onions and the apples and let them cook together for a good 10 minutes, shaking in about 2 teaspoons of powdered ginger and a dash of salt.

Once that started bubbling, I placed chicken thighs right on top of the mix, and poured 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar on top, covered the pan, and let it cook on high for about half an hour.  Midway through (after about 15 minutes or so), I turned the chicken over and placed some of the onions and apples on top.

After it had been cooking for the half hour, I took 8 oz of peas and poured them in, letting them soak in the goodness of the onion/apple sauce for about five minutes.

And then I dived in! Wow….talk about flavor…..such yumminess…..it was absolutely mouth-watering delicious, and so easy to make!

Try it and let me know what you think!

Have a blessed evening….

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