Healthy Holiday Wreath with White Bean Artichoke Spread

Eating healthy during the holiday doesn’t have to mean missing out on your favorite dishes. Take smaller sips and bites of everything you fill your plate with to trick your brain into eating 30 percent fewer calories. When chatting with family and friends at a gathering make sure to stand farther away from the munchies to avoid mindless snacking.

Easy dishes like this holiday wreath platter are great to make and share with holiday guests. It is not only healthier for you compared to alternative dishes, but is delicious as well.

Photo Credit: George Grinsted

Ingredients

  • Whole wheat baguette or loaf of garlic bread, sliced
  • Broccoli, finely chopped
  • Red pepper, chopped (optional cut a small red bow out of red bell pepper)
  • Green pepper, chopped (optional cut two holly leaves out of green bell pepper)
  • Tomato, diced
  • Cauliflower, riced

Dip Ingredients

  • 1 15-oz. can cannellini beans (white kidney beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 14-oz. can artichoke hearts (packed in water), drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. chopped fresh garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (or lime juice)
  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling on top
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup (about 1/4 oz.) finely shredded Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Several grinds of fresh pepper

Healthy Holiday Wreath with White Bean Artichoke Spread

Instructions
1. Combine the cannellini beans, artichoke hearts, garlic, and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. With the machine running, drizzle in the 3 Tablespoons of olive oil.
2. Blend in the rosemary and Pecorino Romano, then salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight. Serve at room temperature.
3. Cut garlic bread or baguette into slices. Place in a circle to illustrate a wreath. Spread white bean and artichoke dip over the bread in wreath.
4. Sprinkle vegetables, bell peppers, tomato, broccoli and cauliflower on top of bread and spread.
5. Place red bell pepper bow and green bell pepper leaves on wreath. Serve and enjoy!

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