Monday, June 7, 2010

Entertaining Gundry Style

After 21 years educating southern California's youth, my mom is heading into retirement. Her school always hosts a huge, fun-filled dinner with a tribute show. This year's show was Abba-themed and my mom's tribute song was Recycling Queen - I'm so proud! Anyway, I thought it would be special to start off the evening by gathering her closest friends and family for a toast. As you may have read, my parents as well as my aunt and uncle are also on Gundry. So, I was in a bit of a quandary trying to figure out how to host a gathering that would satisfy non-Gundry'ers, but provide Gundry-friendly foods for those that wanted to stay on track. Well, my mind of course went first to CHEESE - a crowd-pleaser that in moderation is well within the bounds of a Gundry lifestyle. I chose three harder cheeses that could easily be sliced and eaten without bread or crackers and a softer goat cheese. I picked up some yummy antipasto from Whole Foods - roasted garlic, marinated bell peppers, feta stuffed peppers and some adorable flower-shaped red peppers I'd never seen before. I served store-bought tapenade and a homemade Gundry-friendly artichoke dip (recipe follows) with endive, radicchio and red bell peppers for dipping. With the delicious spread, I served my new, favorite red wine, Rosso. For the non-Gundry'ers I also had crackers available, but was pleasantly surprised to see that everyone gobbled up the vegetable dippers.
Artichoke Dip
1/2 lb. cottage cheese
2 Tbsp plain yogurt
1 can artichoke hearts, drained
1/3 Cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp each salt & pepper
Small handful of flat-leaf parsley, washed, stems removed

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and whirl until smooth. Serve with endive, radicchio and red bell pepper or your choice of vegetable dippers.


  1. This dip was absolutely delicious! I added some spinach and some hot jalapenos for a little metabolism kick. Thank you so much for all your yummy Gundry recipes! They have helped me lose 55 lbs in the most tasty way possible!

  2. Wow Petey! Congratulations. 55 lbs! That's wonderful. I'm glad you've been enjoying the recipes. I love your suggestions for this dip. Thank you for sharing.