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Creamy Artichoke Dip from Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook (AIP)

Creamy Artichoke Dip

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Creamy artichoke spinach dip that is paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) compliant and yet tastes just a luscious as the dairy and mayonnaise filled original? Sounds like a fantasy, but thanks to the brilliant skills of Racheael Bryant it is reality! I’m thrilled to be able to share this recipe from her brand new book, Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook. I also have a copy to give away to one lucky reader, so make sure you read all the way to the end and enter to win.

Before we get to the recipe and the giveaway though, let me tell you a little more about this lovely new addition to the growing pantheon of AIP-friendly cookbooks…

What makes Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook so great?

Quite simply, this is just good food. I’ve been a fan of Rachael’s cleverly named blog, Meatified, for a long time, so I knew that this cookbook would be packed with deliciousness and gorgeous photography and it has not disappointed. Every single one of the over 120 recipes are free of eggs, nuts, seeds, nightshades, and seed spices but they do not skimp on taste in the least. Rachael has a knack for capturing the essence of old favorites while reinventing them into dishes that are even better than their inspiration. Example #1 comes from the “Bring on Breakfast!” section of the book in the form of Sausage Gravy “Benedict” in Portobello Mushroom Caps, a play on eggs benedict and gravy and biscuits. The result is hearty, satisfying, and nutrient dense and can easily be made in advance to make a quick breakfast.

The recipes range from traditional comfort foods like Chicken Fried Steak to more exotic flavors like a Hot & Sour Soup with Shrimp Dumplings and Seaweed. My copy is full of sticky tags of dishes that I can’t wait to try… next up is going to the Roasted Asparagus with Double Apple Dressing and then I am going to make the Crispy Shrimp with Preserved Lemon and Chive “Mayo”! To see the full range of recipes, check out this helpful index Rachael has put together. And yes, based on what I have cooked so far I can definitely say they are just as yummy as they sound!

What about my healing diet?

Every recipe in Nourish is 100% compliant with the elimination phase of the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) as defined in The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballantyne (who wrote the foreword to the book). They are also only minimally sweetened, which makes most of them Whole30-friendly too. And wherever possible, they are coconut free or alternatives are provided for people who don’t tolerate coconut products.

A majority of the recipes are also compatible with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) – though this is not marked, so you need to be aware of your own dietary requirements. The only healing diet that this book would probably not be a great fit for is a low-FODMAP approach. High FODMAP foods like cauliflower, mushrooms, and onions make frequent appearances.

The bottom line…

I highly recommend Nourish for anyone looking for delicious AIP-compliant recipes as well as for people who just want to eat good nutrient dense foods. You could serve the dishes in this book to anyone and they would not feel like they were eating “special diet” food at all. While not a beginner’s cookbook, the directions are very clear and easy to follow for anyone with basic kitchen skills.

Paleo Artichoke and Spinach Dip Recipe

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Creamy Artichoke Dip from Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook (AIP)

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  • Author: Rachael Bryant
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 1 1/4 cups 1x


This dip doesn’t need dairy or coconut products to replicate the creaminess of this much-beloved appetizer. In fact, this recipe uses even more vegetables than normal to create the smooth, delicious, scoopable texture… which means we just won’t tell any tiny humans how good for them this recipe really is! This recipe is such a crowd-pleaser that I usually make it in a double batch, like I did here, so feel free to scale the recipe down to suit you, if needed. Shared with permission from Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook.


  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) coconut or avocado oil
  • 1/3 cup (45 g) diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup (120 g) peeled summer squash
  • ¾ cup Chicken Broth
  • 6 oz (170 g) drained jarred artichoke hearts
  • 2 tbsp (8 g) nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp ground mace
  • 6 oz (170 g) package of frozen spinach, thawed


  1. SOFTEN: Add the oil to a saucepan over medium heat. Add the diced onion and garlic to the pan while you peel and chop the summer squash. Cut the summer squash into pieces that are the same size as the diced onion, then add to the pan and stir to coat with the oil. Cook until the squash is tender, stirring occasionally so the squash doesn’t brown, about 10 minutes.
  2. BLEND: Transfer the softened vegetables to a blender and add the chicken broth. Gently squeeze the artichoke hearts to release any excess water before you weigh them out. Add the artichoke hearts, nutritional yeast and mace to the blender – process until you have a thick, smooth, “creamy” sauce.
  3. SIMMER: Pour the sauce back into the saucepan and return to the stove top at a low heat. Drain the spinach and squeeze out any excess water, then chop finely. Stir the frozen spinach into the sauce and simmer until the dip is warmed through. The dip probably won’t need any additional salt because of the artichoke hearts, but taste now and add any extra salt if you wish. Serve the dip warm and enjoy.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American


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39 replies on “Creamy Artichoke Dip from Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook (AIP)”

As a “new” follower of (Wahls) Paleo, I’m always looking for ways to expand my cooking and make it as familiar as possible for anyone not eating the same way, while assuring that I can eat, too!

this dip has always been my guilty pleasure at parties!!! i’d like to win so i can try all of her delicious recipes!

I think I need to start the AIP but I’ve just been dragging my feet…perhaps this book would help me jump in! Thanks for the chance!

I love all the wonderful books out there to help my son and I on our healing journey. This sounds like just one of those books. I’m always ready for new recipes or adaptations of old favorites.

After the AIP made no difference in a localized skin rash, I thought I could reintroduce foods without worry. Then I found out that I’m suffering from hyperthyroidism. Thus, I think it may be in my best interest to stick to the AIP for longer. This cookbook would definitely be an asset, as I find that my creativity and variety has lacked on the AIP.

I’ve gotten away from eating healthy (have a few auto immune diagnosis) and am feeling just awful. I need to get back to eating right and this would give me some ideas.

I would like to win this book, as I a new to eating REAL FOOD, aka Whole30lifestyle/Paleo. I am learning to cook a whole new way and this book would be a great help! The recipe looks easy with ingredients that are generally stocked in my pantry!

i would love to share this amazing recipes with my loves ones thank you for the chance . This dish looks amazing good 🙂

Due to food allegies, my family and I have embarked on the AIP journey. We all love artichoke spinach dip and this looks very promising. However, my daughter is allergic to squash. Do you have a recommendation for a substitute to replace the summer squash?

I would love to win a copy because even after being diagnosed with celiac and being strictly gluten free for years (i actually moved out to avoid CC), i still react and dont know why. I would love to start the aip diet, but am afraid of eliminating more and more foods, especially since i cook every night and love to create or follow recipes from my many cookbooks. But i feel having another cookbook to follow, one that isnt just gf recipes, but helpful to my body, would make the experience so much easier. And im sure my boyfriend wouldn’t mind either haha!

This book is definitely on my must have list! I cannot believe the amazing things she made aip compliant!

Thank you for offering such a wonderful giveaway! I would love to have this book! I’m ready for some fresh new recipes. I’ve been following strict AIP for 1 1/2 years and I need some recipe rotation in my life. This book sounds like the perfect fit.

I would so love to win a copy of this cookbook! I have been on the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol for 6 months and would really love a new source for yummy recipes. Everyone’s Nourish recipe pictures on Instagram look delicious, especially that BBQ sauce! Happy healing and happy cooking to whoever wins 🙂

I have heard so many good reviews of Nourish, and I would love to get the cookbook, especially since AIP food boredom has been kicking in strong lately! Some recipe inspiration would be awesome!

I’m following the AIP, and hoping to make this. I can’t seem to find any artichoke (canned or frozen) that doesn’t have citric acid in the ingredients. Where do you source yours?

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