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Dairy-Free Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken

This Dairy-Free Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken dish is the stuff dreams are made of. It is so delicious, so healthy, and will make everyone happy.
dairy free creamy spinach artichoke chicken

My kids used to love spinach artichoke dip when they were little. Every time we would go to a restaurant that had it on the menu, we had to order it. I couldn’t argue too much, because, well, it really is one of the most delicious inventions ever.

Fast forward to our lives today… in my house we eat almost entirely dairy-free. And my kids are still happy to come over for dinner because meals like this are still served here. Meals that are so creamy that nobody would believe there is no cream or cheese in them. This Dairy-Free Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken is a winner every time.

I’ve used this basic recipe for chicken, but as I sit here, I’m already imagining how awesome it would be with salmon too. Hmmm… I see a trip to the fish market in my near future…

Of course, you could make this dish will all the dairy. Just use traditional cream cheese instead of the vegan type mentioned in the recipe below and use some good fresh Parmesan too. But… half the fun here is that you will know it’s dairy-free and therefore so much better for your digestion, but that nobody else will ever know. Unless you tell them. And I never do.

Chicken seems to be the protein that most people serve and eat most often. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard people say… I  can’t eat one more piece of chicken… or, I am tired of making the same old chicken for dinner…  Well, I’m here to tell you that nobody will complain about eating chicken when you serve it with this sauce. Try it and you’ll see what I mean.

I realize that dinner planning can be really stressful and frustrating when you aren’t a chef. I have friends that would do just about anything to never have to decide what’s for dinner ever again. Who needs MORE stress in their lives now?????

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dairy free creamy spinach artichoke chicken

Here are some of the amazing healing ingredients in this Dairy-Free Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken recipe:

Chicken is something I always buy organic. Organic chicken is a great, healthy protein to give you energy, lessen the pain of some types of arthritis, and boost your system when you are particularly weak — like after surgery, childbirth, or illness. Chicken is good for nourishing the blood and it’s a healthy source of protein and vitamin B6.

Garlic is amazing in its antiviral and antibacterial capabilities. Garlic is actually a Chinese herb (Da Suan). It’s used to kill toxins and parasites and also to reduce swelling in the body. It’s what I call a great “A” herb: anesthetic, antibacterial, anti fungal, antioxidant, antiviral, etc….

Artichokes are a good source of vitamins C and K and they also contain a healthy amount of magnesium. The are low in fat and calories but they do have some fiber, so they are a healthy choice. In Chinese medicine, we recommend adding artichokes to the diet to combat sadness, headaches, indigestion, and diarrhea. In olden times, steamed artichokes were sometimes prescribed to combat a yeast infection.

It is true that spinach contains iron, but it’s this vegetable’s lesser-known qualities that really hold my admiration. Spinach contains a substance that helps eliminate prostate cancer. It’s also great for your bones and also for memory loss. Diabetic patients may find that eating spinach helps combat excessive thirst and can even be good for night blindness. Spinach can inhibit the body’s ability to absorb calcium, so calcium-rich foods should be avoided when eating this leafy green.

Scallions, as I tell you often, are one of my favorites. In Chinese medicine, the root of the scallion is a healing herb (Cong Bai). I always keep scallions on hand in my refrigerator so that I can whip up a batch of cold and flu fighting tea (scallion roots and ginger) the second anyone feels that scratchy throat coming on. It helps the body sweat out toxins. Scallions are antiviral and antibacterial; they are good for the common cold and general nasal congestion — just don’t eat too many if you have a fever.

dairy free creamy spinach artichoke chicken

Dairy-Free Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken
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Recipe type: paleo, whole30, dairy free, grain free, gluten free, nut free
Cuisine: chicken, main dish, one pot meal
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Serves: 4
 
This Dairy-Free Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken is delicious and healing. And best of all, everyone will love it and nobody will realize it's dairy free.
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 7 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 14-oz can artichoke hearts, quartered and drained
  • 8 oz dairy-free cream cheese
  • 1 cup chicken bone broth (or can substitute chicken or vegetable stock)
  • 5 cups baby spinach
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • ⅓ cup vegan parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large oven-proof pan over medium heat and add the oil. When the oil is hot, brown the chicken on both sides, about 10 mins.
  4. Remove the chicken from the pan and add the garlic. Stir for about 30 seconds and then add the cream cheese. Stir, and smash it a bit with a wooden spoon, until it thins out a little, then pour in the broth. Reduce the heat to low and stir for 2 mins.
  5. Add the spinach to the sauce, stirring until it is wilted.
  6. Stir in the scallions, artichokes, and Parmesan.
  7. Place the skillet in the oven and cook just until hot and chicken is cooked through, about 10 mins.

dairy free creamy spinach artichoke chicken

Dairy Free Cheesy Sweet Potato Fries

 

These dairy free cheesy sweet potato fries will make you smile from ear to ear. They are perfect as football food, for a casual dinner party, or just as a treat because you deserve it!

dairy free cheesy sweet potato fries

If I had to pick one food that makes me happy every single time, I think it might be fries. Any type of fries — traditional fries, sweet potato fries, crispy fries, not-so-crispy fries, curly fries, spicy fries, cheese fries… well, you get the picture. I’m a little obsessed with fries.

Years ago when my friends and I would go to the diner after a night of partying, my order would almost always include a big plate of French fries with gravy. To me, there was nothing better. And just because I am a lot more health conscious now, it doesn’t mean that I don’t indulge in fries. These Dairy Free Cheesy Sweet Potato Fries take me right back to that diner.

I have made platters of dairy free fries and nachos more times than I care to admit. I’m a sucker for so many variations of this diner food. Each version has its pros and cons. Okay, maybe that’s not really true — I can’t really think of any cons…

This particular recipe is inspired by Paleo Running Momma. The credit for this delicious cheese sauce with the perfect texture goes there — many thanks Michele!

This cheesy gooey platter of deliciousness is perfect for football Sunday. I mean, just imagine how good this will be next to a bowl of chili or a platter of chicken wings. In my house, we don’t wait for Sunday though. We’ve been having them here with family dinners whenever I get the urge. They are easy to make and are a big crowd pleaser. In fact, the next time I have some people over for dinner, I’m planning to make a triple batch of these and put them out on the coffee table with a bunch of forks and just let everyone chow down while I’m getting dinner together in the kitchen.

The cheese sauce here is made from cashews. Cashews are really a multi-tasking nut. I use them all the time so I say it all the time: Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts. Most of the fat in cashews is unsaturated and is made up of oleic acid; this is the same acid that is found in olive oil, making these nuts a heart-healthy choice.

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Here are some of the great healing ingredients in these Dairy Free Cheesy Sweet Potato Fries:

Sweet potatoes are good for your digestive system. They can be good for both constipation and diarrhea. These orange gems also help rid your body of excess water, are good for breast health, help people with diabetes and actually can help ease night blindness. In olden times, it was common in China to rub mashed sweet potatoes on poison insect bites to remove the toxins. I haven’t tried this, but if you see me looking a tad orange, this will be why…

Cashews are really a multi-tasking nut. I use them all the time so I say it all the time: Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts. Most of the fat in cashews is unsaturated and is made up of oleic acid; this is the same acid that is found in olive oil, making these nuts a heart-healthy choice. I use cashews in cream sauces and faux cream soups. I also love cashew yogurt… this is one of the greatest inventions since sliced bread…

Basil has anti-viral and anti-bacterial capabilities. It also is good for settling your stomach, and it’s good at lessening the symptoms of the common cold and its accompanying cough. Basil is a spiritual herb — the scent actually calms you; you can boil some in a pot and let the aroma fill the air, you can just leave some around the house, you can toss a bunch in your bath water (I love to do this), or you can use an essential oil with basil to get some great calming effects.

Lemons are good for your stomach, they help detoxify your body, they balance your pH and they act as an antibacterial. If you have a sore throat or a cough, go for lemons to make things better. Lemons are great for quenching your thirst, and, in China, many years ago, hypertension was treated by drinking tea made from lemon peels.

dairy free cheesy sweet potato fries

Dairy Free Cheesy Sweet Potato Fries
Author: 
Recipe type: paleo, whole30, dairy free, gluten free, grain free, sugar free
Cuisine: appetizer, vegetable, side dish
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Serves: 4
 
These dairy free cheesy sweet potato fries are so delicious. I love to put out a huge platter and just hand everyone a fork to dig in -- no plates necessary!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 6 Tbs warm water
  • 5 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2-1/2 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • generous amount of sea salt, to taste
  • 1 very large sweet potato, cut into fries (no need to peel it; just scrub it well)
  • 2 oz thinly sliced pepperoni
  • big handful fresh basil leaves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the sweet potato fries with 2 Tbs oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread them out on a single layer on the baking sheets, trying not to crowd them.
  5. Place in the oven and roast for 15 mins. Flip them over with a spatula, and roast for an additional 10 mins or until they are just cooked through. Switch the oven to broil and broil for about 3 mins or just until the top tray starts to color, then switch the trays so the bottom tray is under the broiler and broil about 3 mins, being careful not to burn them.
  6. Meanwhile, make the cheese sauce: In a blender, combine the cashews, lemon juice, water, garlic powder, nutritional yeast and salt and pepper to taste. Blend until silky smooth.
  7. Transfer the fries to a platter. Arrange pepperoni and basil among the fries.
  8. Pour the cheese sauce over (using as much as you like; be prepared to have some leftover sauce for another use).
  9. Serve with a bunch of forks and enjoy!

dairy free cheesy sweet potato fries