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Curried Beef Short Ribs

Note: I found this was more realistically four servings.

Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors.

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 teaspoons canola oil
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Cheesy Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Cheesy Spinach-Artichoke Dip

11 (6-inch) pita bread rounds
1/3 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil
1 cup boiling water
1 (14-ounce) can quartered artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
1 (8-ounce) tub light cream cheese, softened
1 (8-ounce) carton low-fat sour cream
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup fat-free milk
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Split each pita bread in half horizontally; cut each half into 6 wedges. Place pita wedges in a single layer on baking sheets; bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until toasted.
3. Combine sun-dried tomatoes and boiling water in a bowl; let stand for 1 hour or until soft.
4. Place artichokes and next 11 ingredients (through garlic) in a 3 1/2-quart electric slow cooker; stir well. Cover with lid; cook on low-heat setting 1 hour. Drain tomatoes; stir into dip. Cover and cook 1 hour. Serve warm with toasted pita wedges.
Yield: 5 1/4 cups dip (serving size: 1/4 cup dip and about 6 pita wedges)

NUTRITION PER SERVING
CALORIES 166(26% from fat); FAT 4.8g (sat 2.9g); PROTEIN 7.6g; CHOLESTEROL 14mg; CARBOHYDRATES 22.9g; SODIUM 429mg; FIBER 1.3g; IRON 1.4mg
Cooking Light, OCTOBER 2004

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