10-Minute Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

10-Minute Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip | picklesnhoney.com

I don’t have many restaurant-associated food memories. Growing up, my family did most of our own cooking, even if that meant pouring a bowl of cereal on nights my parents were too tired to cook. My mom called this “buffet night” and got out the boxes of cereal for us to make our own dinners—it was awesome and it’s probably why I sometimes “treat” myself to cereal for dinner. I think most people probably have restaurant traditions or certain food memories that carry a lot of nostalgia. For Aaron, that would be getting DQ on Sundays after church, which is why he was very excited when I recreated a vegan mint oreo blizzard recently. Or when his family would go out for dinners at Olive Garden and he would eat all of the breadsticks and (some of) the salad. I remember when Aaron and I first met, he even took me to OG on one of our first dates…I had never heard of it.

The one restaurant food that does hold some nostalgia for me is spinach artichoke dip. Whenever I’d go shopping at the mall with my best friend and her mom, we’d inevitably end up somewhere like CPK or Cheesecake Factory and order spinach artichoke dip as an appetizer. It seemed kind of fancy at the time, and I loved the creamy, salty, artichoke-heavy dip. Anything with artichokes and/or olives makes me happy. I thought it must be healthy enough too, with spinach and all.

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