spinach and artichoke white bean chili

January 26, 2012

I think you thought you would never hear me say this, but I am so over winter.

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For real — the snow and cold was fun for about oh, two seconds (since we have had a very mild winter), but it’s definitely out of my system. After our large snow last Friday, a few of you figured out why I love the snow so much. When it snows, the Husband works. When the Husband works, I get the house to myself. Ha! Totally just joking (kind of… I have to say that because he reads) — when the Husband works, we make a million dollars and roll in hundreds all over the bed and throw money into the air and talk about what we’re going to do with our zillion dollars. I bet you didn’t know snow plowing made that money. Now you know.

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In all seriousness though, I want to go on a warm winter vacation. Do you think the girls on The Bachelor would freak out too much if I crashed their vacation to Puerto Rico? I don’t want to pull a Shawntel on them or anything, but I really need a tan. Plus, the girl from my high school who is on this season is still there, and we could catch up on life. You know, because we have probably said like two words to each other in our entire lives. I bet she’s going to have more friends than all the money I rolled around in earlier after the show is over.

Yes, I know they went to Puerto Rico like a month ago. I’m not that deranged.

So back to this winter — the only good thing about it anymore is the fact that I am still making soup or chili once a week. Much to the Husband’s dismay, it hasn’t been my veggie soup (his favorite). This week I took chili where no chili has gone before.

I know this because I Googled (I love when you type “google” spell check wants it to be “goggled” — ha!) it and no recipes came up. I am finally the first to do something!

Or at least the first to publish it on the internet. I’ll take what I can get.

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Get this.

White Beans.

Artichokes.

Spinach.

It’s like a freaking spinach and artichoke dip in a bowl and you get to eat as much as you want without complaining that you ate too much of the cheesy goodness — because there is no cheese. The white beans kind of mush a little bit, which makes this incredibly creamy and delicious.

Even the Husband liked it!***

***after he complained that it was green

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I think I’m going to eat this on my plane to somewhere warm. Will someone buy me a plane ticket please? I like Mexico.

Just sayin’.

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles January 26, 2012 at 6:11 am

You could come to Kansas- we are having a mild winter, that is if you are okay with some strong wind ;)
Can’t believe I have everything in the house to make this- and a whole crock pot full of regular chili. Maybe next time, my dear, maybe next time I’ll get this yummyness and see if I can use the same “***” kind of results!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm

When you say “kansas” I always think of WIzard of Oz – I’m sorry. ;)

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Nicole January 26, 2012 at 6:22 am

Looks tasty! I’m bookmarking to make sometime before winter passes by!

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Katelyn@ Foodie Goes to School January 26, 2012 at 6:24 am

That looks amazing!!! Which bachelor girl did you go to high school with?!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Elyse – she hasn’t been on any one on one dates yet!

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Emily @ The Swallow Flies January 26, 2012 at 6:46 am

Yum! I have a delicious white chili recipe, too, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to need to add some spinach and artichokes next time. Great idea! Thanks!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm

No problem – hope you like it!

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Lauren Kelly January 26, 2012 at 6:48 am

Thank you Chelsea for this amazing chili!! I am so over winter too and I am definitely making this this weekend!!

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Lauren January 26, 2012 at 6:50 am

Ummmm…can we just stop for a second and discuss how amazing this looks. By the title, I knew it was going to be a good one.

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm

:) Thanks for your email the other night – it meant a lot! I’ll be getting back to you soon!

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Lindsay @ biking before bed January 26, 2012 at 6:51 am

I think all of the Bachelor girls would welcome you with open arms…especially if you brought them some soup…I hear they are nice like that.

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I don’t know – they can be prettttyyyy territorial. But I don’t want the guy – just the weather.

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Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon January 26, 2012 at 6:52 am

I think that winter should end everywhere except for the ski resorts–may ski season live on!!

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit January 26, 2012 at 6:59 am

haha you’re hilarious. Too cool that you went to school with one of the girls on the show! The Bachelor is one of my guilty pleasures. Although last episode kind of set me off. I don’t think Ben is a nice person the way he spoke to Samantha. Almost like he didn’t want to be challenged and then wasn’t all too nice in his delivery. Anyways, I’m rambling… great chili! haha

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Yeah, that was a little weird – but, I guess he can do what he wants and if he doesn’t want to be challenged, he can give someone the boot! :)

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Linz @ ItzLinz January 26, 2012 at 7:11 am

that looks delicious! i definitely make chili at least once a week and surprisingly my carnavorous husband hasn’t complained! (especially surprising since i don’t put meat in it!) i’m sure he will appreciate this change of chili! oh by the way… we are leaving for san diego today after school… you are more than welcome to join! :)

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Where are you leaving from? I’ll be there!

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 26, 2012 at 7:12 am

yup! So over winter! Haha love this recipe though, looks so hearty :)

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Brandi @ Faith Fitness and Laughter January 26, 2012 at 7:17 am

Holy goodness this recipe looks so good! It’s winter?? It was 70 degrees two days ago here in Arkansas and now it’s in the 40′s. Crazy!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm

70 degrees? Oh my gosh, I’m jealous!

PS – Sorry you’ve been getting spammed lately. I searched it yesterday and there were like 20 comments in there from you!!!! Let me know if it happens again so I can fix it pronto!

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Brandi @ Faith Fitness and Laughter January 26, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Thank you so much! :)

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! January 26, 2012 at 7:20 am

This looks delicious! Its like spinach artichoke dip in soup form!!

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Lindsey January 26, 2012 at 7:25 am

Looks delicious and I even have all the ingredients :)

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Marina January 26, 2012 at 7:28 am

Anything with artichokes is a winner to me. Great chili!

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Ruth January 26, 2012 at 7:29 am

Nice! I was just thinking about my honeymoon in Puerto Rico this morning. It was great except for the tropical storm that ripped through. :-) Memorable, though!

I’m excited about this recipe. The end of February my neighborhood has a chili cook-off. I think I’ll give this a shot!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Chili cook off? THat’s awesome!!!

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Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama January 26, 2012 at 7:29 am

I’m so over winter, too. This chili might help ease the pain, though. Looks fantastic.

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile January 26, 2012 at 7:33 am

Um, I’d love to see you on the Bachelor. They would all cry hahah. Florida is pretty darn warm out right now. I don’t even know if I want to take my run outside because it’s TOO warm for me! I haven’t had artichokes in forever, so good!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm

They would cry with joy because they knew they could win over me. ;) Aaaand because of all my bad jokes.

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kathleen @ the daily crumb January 26, 2012 at 7:35 am

definitely making a big batch of this for the weekend!!

i was over winter about november 1.

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 26, 2012 at 7:36 am

I’m sick of winter too! Let’s organize a blogger trip to Mexico, mkay? :D

This chili looks amazing though! Anything that tastes like artichoke dip is an instant winner.

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Oh my gosh – I would so be up for that. margaritas on the beach? I could do that.

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Kristin @ FoodFash January 26, 2012 at 7:42 am

Ummmm… Spinach and artichoke anything make me the happiest girl on earth. Pairing them with white beans is genius!

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Lindsay @ Running the Windy City January 26, 2012 at 7:46 am

Yum! Now, I just need to get the boyfriend to like artichokes. What is it with boys and artichokes? :P

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I don’t know – I didn’t tell mine there was artichokes in there – in fact, he diddn’t know it until he read this two seconds ago.

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Katie @ Peace Love and Oats January 26, 2012 at 7:47 am

Okay that looks good, and super simple! I love spinach and artichoke dip, as well as warm places…

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Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy January 26, 2012 at 7:51 am

This sounds delicious! I love spinach and artichoke dip, have to make this!

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kaity January 26, 2012 at 8:00 am

i agree winters not even bad here in ny just if its guna be winter have it snow not just be freezing, i like snow days. so ready for summer wich i complain about to wen its here n its 100 degrees and u cant breathe lol

and so making this tomorrow. i been making chili atleast once a week and i love it but need something new and whitebeans are my abs favvv. i could eat them straight out of the can,, actually dk about that the slimmyness still creeps me out but there amazing so excited!

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Paige January 26, 2012 at 8:07 am

Yay! I was actually waiting for this since you posted it the other day. Looks yummy, Chelsey!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Enjoy! Let me know how you like it!

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Amy B @ Second City Randomness January 26, 2012 at 8:11 am

I absolutely know I would love this. And have been dying to do a type of white chili.
However, my roomie who does slowcook sunday with me hates beans. I KNOW, right?
Maybe the next time she’s out of town…

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Yeah and then invite me over.

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 26, 2012 at 8:44 am

I’m desperately trying to convince the husband we need to take another trip to Florida to see his mom next month b/c I’m done with winter too. Although, I’ve been done since day 1.
I guess if we can’t have tropical vacations this is a pretty good runner up ;)

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Katie January 26, 2012 at 8:54 am

Yes spinach and artichokes together! And I’m moving to Arizona because it’s closer to Colorado. It’s hot there all the time, right? You can come with me. I’m continually on a winter strike.

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I’ll be down with that – although someone just suggested a blogging trip to mexico. I could do that! Margaritas and daquiris on the beach!?!??!??!?!

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Greta @ Staying Lost January 26, 2012 at 8:57 am

Neat! I’ve never used artichokes in a soup, but it sounds delicious. And it’s cool that you know someone on the bachelor. :D

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lynn January 26, 2012 at 9:01 am

for sure making this today!! looks delish!!
i hearya about being over winter… if you need someone to sign the petition to evacuate winter i will sign in a minute!!!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Thanks Lynn – I might need to get one of those together!

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Alyssa January 26, 2012 at 9:05 am

I am definitly trying this recipe!! Spinach and artichoke = a match made in heaven!! YUM!

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Faith @ For the Health of It January 26, 2012 at 9:10 am

Spinach and artichoke ANYTHING is the bomb – combining them in a soup sounds so much healthier and yummier than a heavy chip dip.

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Anna @ On Anna's Plate January 26, 2012 at 9:29 am

Oooh, which girl did you go to high school with?!? I went to high school with the winner of Charlie O’Connell’s season, and it made it so much fun to watch (even though I, like you, had barely spoken to her!).

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm

So cool! I went to school with Elyse.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 26, 2012 at 10:40 am

Spinach and artichokes is one of the best things ever.

Great making it into chili! It’s like a big bowl full of dip :)

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I’m all about large quantities!

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janae@hungryrunnergirl January 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm

WOW!! Seriously, girl…your food always looks so so incredible. I need that now. How about I come with you to Mexico?!?

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I’m down!

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Mattie @ Comfy and Confident January 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I agree. I love winter but the cold is getting the best of me. I don’t mind snow, but just cold and windy is no fun.
This recipe looks great!

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Mallory @ Have your cake January 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm

looks really delicous! and perfect for curling up on the couch on a cold day :D

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Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather January 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Yes! Spinach artichoke chili! I’ll take a bowl along with my spinach artichoke pizza, then make my husband go get me some spinach artichoke dip and it’ll be a grand old party. Want to join? No beach, but yummy food :)

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I’ll be there! I am totally making that pizza – I pinned it yesterday!

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dana @ my little celebration January 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Yummy! What a fun spin on chili! And healthy, too. Thanks for sharing!

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Amber K January 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I might have to premake this, man I’m so impatient when it comes to recipes. I immediately looked at the amount of time it would take to make and thought “ugh an hour, when I’m hungry? That’s not going to happen.” But this looks like it could reheat well.

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm

It really doesn’t have to cook for that long, but for the beans to get the “smushy” effect and to make it thick, you’ll have to wait that long.

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Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover! January 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm

It’s like you read my mind or something! I was just yesterday looking for a good, easy & clean recipe for a white tomato-less chili! Will probably be making some soon :-)

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm

:) I am a mind reader!

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Alaina January 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm

This chili looks so good! And I would have it all to myself because my husband hates beans. ;-)

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Even better!

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raechel @the rebel grrl kitchen January 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Oh my heavens, that looks AMAZING! Adding to my list of meals for next week. Thank you!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm

You’re welcome! Let me know how you like it!

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Emily (Edible Psychology) January 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Oooh my goodness! This seriously sounds like heaven in a bowl. It might just get me through the rest of this winter – or the next week of it at least! ;-)

~Emily~

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Talia @ Bite Size Wellness January 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm

This is a must try for the menu board. I love artichoke anything! I pinned the recipe so I hope your recipe first goes viral quickly. I’m feeling you on the winter blahs…cold season and all. May I suggest a group trip to Puerto Rico??

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm

:) Ha! Thanks for the viral wishes!

I’d love a group trip!

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Katy January 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Pleeeeease share what those goodies are next to the bowl?! Cookies?

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Unfortunately no. They are oatmeal scones that I use as biscuits – a recipe from Eat Live Run but made with GF flour.

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Alysha @shesontherun January 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm

This looks super healthy. I’m obsessed with anything spinach/artichoke flavored. Like Mac and Cheese…woah! And by the way, those cookies on the side look really good too (at least I hope they are cookies. I have an issue with mistaking regular foods for dessert :)

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Shut up – spinach and artichoke mac n cheese? You’ve just created a monster in my brain.

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life January 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Ooh you so had me hooked when you said it tastes like a giant bowl of spinach and artichoke dip — my favourite but so decadent! Haha. Your bread roll looks fabulous too – do you make your own G-F bread? If so are these rolls a recipe you’ve already posted?

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cleaneatingchelsey January 26, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I do make my own GF bread – those biscuits are actually a recipe from Eat Live Run. Her 15 minute oatmeal scones just with GF flour – they’re AWESOME!

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Jen January 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Thank you soooooooo much for this recipe. I cannot eat tomatoes due to a newly diagnosed salicylic sensitivity. This will be perfect! Thank you thank you thank you!

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melissa (fitnessnyc) January 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm

This looks amazing!

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Jen January 26, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Ooh I’m so excited to try this! Spinach artichoke dip is my favorite!

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Alexis @ Hummusapien January 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I just went to whole foods and got everything to make this! I finally got a norm sized bottle of chilli powder… I hate those tiny little spice containers! I’m in love with spinach and artichoke dip so thanks for the recipe!!

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Lili January 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Just made this recipe!! I’m sick with a cold and this soup was the perf dinner tonight! I was surprised with the amazing flavor. I used kale instead of spinach, since I already had it sitting in my fridge. I threw in a bay leave too. Thanks for sharing. This is my new fav soup recipe! :)

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cleaneatingchelsey January 28, 2012 at 9:49 pm

:) Glad you liked it!

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Tina @ Best Body Fitness January 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I want to make this, but have to ask….how do you think it would do in a crockpot on low for awhile? I usually don’t have time to wait an hour for dinner at night so the crockpot is likely my only way of doing things. I love that it’s easy, but timing wise it would be hard. So…crockpot? Yay or nay?

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cleaneatingchelsey January 28, 2012 at 9:49 pm

for sure it would work! Just pop it on low for a few hours! :) The longer chili simmers, the better it tastes!

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Mollie February 5, 2012 at 8:53 am

making this right now to enjoy while watching the super bowl! so excited and it smells so so good!!!

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Mollie February 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm

also any idea on nutritional stats for this recipe? high in protein thats fo sho!!

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Rikki November 25, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Just got everything into the crockpot but added some ground beef. Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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