Savory Mushroom Spread [CYOB]

Set aside processed, pre-packaged dips and fatty, salty spreads for this fresh, healthy garden mushroom pate.

Set aside processed, pre-packaged dips and fatty, salty spreads for this fresh, healthy garden mushroom pate.

Create Your Own Bite #33

Savory Mushroom Spread

1/4 Cup Diced Onion

1/4 Cup Diced Carrot

2 Tablespoons Fat Free Cream Cheese

1 Tablespoon Grated Fat Free Parmesan

1 Clove Garlic, Minced

1 Teaspoon Lemon Rind

1 Tablespoon Water

1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Thyme, Chopped

1/2 Teaspoon Fresh Sage, Chopped

1 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley, Chopped

1 Pinch Smoked Paprika

Salt and Black Pepper, To Taste

Estimated Calories: 30 (Per 2 Tablespoon-serving, Makes 3 Servings)

It’s that time of year again. The Super Bowl is upon us, and as usual, I had no idea it was happening. But in traditional LWB-style, I thought I’d hand over one of my new favorite dip recipes. Ditch the pre-packaged French Onion dip and toss the fatty, artery-blasting cheese spread. Instead, try this healthy, tasty mushroom dip for a light alternative.

Inspired by a recipe from my culinary bible (also known as 1,001 Low-Fat Vegetarian Recipes) this mushroom-based dip is quick, easy, and pairs perfectly with everything from fresh vegetable dippers to your favorite tortilla chips.

Substitute squash or bell pepper for the carrots, per recommendation of Sue Spitler and Linda Yoakam, for a summery-version.

Substitute squash or bell pepper for the carrots, per recommendation of Sue Spitler and Linda Yoakam, for a summery-version.

Simply saute the lemon rind (peeled carefully from the lemon without catching the pith) with the onion, garlic and carrot, until the onion is translucent and the garlic is just beginning to brown. Add the mushrooms, water, and herbs, and simmer – covered – over medium heat until the mushrooms have begun to shrink. Uncover, and continue cooking until all the liquid has been absorbed.

Separate the mixture and combine half in the food processor with the cheeses. When the mixture is smooth, stir in the remaining mushroom and vegetable mix, paprika, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with fresh parsley.

Thinly-sliced button mushrooms are a fantastic chip-alternative to pair with this dip.

Thinly-sliced button mushrooms are a fantastic chip-alternative to pair with this dip.

I may not know whether the Patriots are playing the Red Sox, or how many baskets are typically scored in a match. But what I always have enjoyed about the Super Bowl is the way it’s become a nationally excepted excuse to get together with friends on a Sunday, and eat too many snacks.

By making your contribution at your friend’s or family’s Super Bowl Party a healthy dip, you can overindulge without any of the guilt. Whether the game lasts one inning or ten, this dish is destined to be a slam-dunk.

And now, compliments of Travel + Leisure magazine:

Super Bowl Parties That are Way Better Than The One You’re Gong To (Unless You Bring This Home-Run Mushroom Dip with Housemade Tortillas or Baked Rice Pops with Parmesan)

Until Next Year,

Melanie

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