Am I the only one who’s day dreamed of ditching the carb-laden dippers and eating artichoke dip on a spoon? Come on, I know you have too.
I just love all that creamy, cheesy, deliciousness. Alright, who am I kidding… You and I both know that I’ve eaten artichoke dip by the spoonful, unapologetically.
But I started thinking, when the craving hit me, why chop up those artichokes?? Let’s stuff them!
My Keto Spinach Clam Stuffed Artichoke Hearts are a fun twist on traditional versions of artichoke dip, ditching the crab for clams and covering stuffed artichoke hearts in a deliciously simple alfredo sauce. Oh, yeah, and you’ll find the 3 main ingredients in your PANTRY, so you can always be prepared for this delicious side dish or appetizer!
I always keep our pantry well stocked with a wide variety of canned foods, do you??
6 Reasons to Stock Your Pantry with Canned Foods
- Nutrition – A well-stocked pantry of canned fruits and vegetables can help you serve up the recommended 42 cups of fruit and 53 cups of vegetables that a family of four needs every week (for two kids, 2 to 3-years-old). And,kids and adults who used six or more canned foods per week are more likely to have diets higher in 17 essential nutrients, including potassium, calcium and fiber.
- The Canning Process – Fresh fruits and vegetables are harvested at the peak of ripeness and canned within only four hours, sealing in their nutrition and flavor. Cans provide year-round access to seasonal fruits and vegetables while keeping food fresh and flavorful without the need for preservatives and additives.
- Meal Preparation – Cooking with canned foods cuts down on prep time, meaning less time in kitchen and more time with family. A well-stocked pantry filled with canned foods helps you get through the week with creative meals you can feel good about serving your family and friends.
- Food Waste – Canned foods help Americans reduce the amount of perishable fruits and vegetables they purchase and then throw away.
- Budget Friendly – Choosing to grab the canned version is often less expensive than starting from scratch. A can of artichoke hearts has roughly 9 hearts for $3, verses paying $3 per fresh artichoke!
- Last Minute Dinner Prep –Canned foods keep without freezing or refrigeration, making them a quick and easy food source if you haven’t had a chance to swing by the grocery store in a couple of days. Fresh vegetables and meats will spoil if unused,but your canned foods will be edible for years to come!
When I first got this idea to stuff canned artichoke hearts, I thought that removing the centers would be so much harder. But in reality when you halve them, the centers are so easily removed.
Just grab the centers with your fingers and it practically falls out. Just leave at least 2 layers of outer leaves to hold the filling.
Aren’t they the cutest little Artichoke boats??
But don’t toss those removed centers! Give them a quick chop, mix them with canned spinach, canned clams, cheese, egg, mayonnaise and seasonings for the perfect keto-friendly filling.
Carefully spoon those little boats full of the filling.
Here’s the part that’s super flexible. I’ve made these Keto Spinach Clam Artichoke Hearts several times, and you can either add the saucey ingredients to the bottom of your casserole dish OR pour them right over top (like in my video).
I’m a fan of both ways for different reasons. On top makes it more of a casserole for a side dish. Whereas on the bottom makes them more individual, better for an appetizer.
Top it all off with even MORE cheese.
Bake at 425°F for 20-25 minutes or until it’s all sorts of bubbly, cheesy, awesomeness….
It’s awesome that by using just a few basics from the fridge and canned pantry staples, you can have such a beautiful dish whipped up in just minutes.
So, let’s get your pantry stocked with Canned Artichokes, Canned Spinach and Canned Clams….
Whether you want a fun side dish or need to put together a last-minute appetizer, you’ll always be prepared!
To learn more about the benefits whenf cooking with canned foods and for recipe inspiration,CLICK HERE –> Cans Get You Cooking. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #CansGetYouCooking when sharing your own food photos on social media to help inspire others, too!