I’ve always had a thing against “appetisers”… I suppose it comes from all those years my mother refused to give me a snack in the 2-hour window before dinner, no matter how much I begged. “No, dear” she would say… “you’ll ruin your dinner.” Her words ring in my ear to this day.
She’s right, you know. Appetisers actually DO ruin your appetite… funny that! It’s just that now we’re grown up and we can choose to do it if we want. I’m not saying this to spite my mother… turns out she was right about everything she ever said. So don’t worry, Ma, I’m not snacking before dinner!!
But I do make appetisers that are so hearty, filling, and healthy that they can just become dinner (or lunch, or breakfast!) and you never have to worry about upsetting your mother or ruining anything.
Case in point: this hot artichoke dip. Eating something similar at a restaurant as an appetiser will set you back about 1000 calories and 60 grams of (mostly saturated) fat. No thanks! This one is vegan, high in protein and fiber, and contains omega 3 fats- the healthy kind. The creaminess comes from blended cashews and silken tofu, and it’s topped with a mixture of almond meal & nutritional yeast- a kind of vegan “parmesan cheese.” It’s something your mother would be proud of. Mine would, anyway!
So go ahead, make this tonight- it’ll take you about half an hour start to finish. Whether you call it an appetiser, or the main dish, is up to you. I’ll never tell your mother!