Low-Amine Artichoke Spinach Dip Substitute (Sunchoke & Bok Choy)

Low-Amine Spinach Artichoke Dip Substitute

Low-Amine Spinach Artichoke Dip Substitute

I really miss spinach artichoke gruyere dip. But it’s all stuff I can’t have because artichoke is high in amines, spinach is high amine, and gruyere cheese? Yep, also high amine. I did some experimentation, and found a low amine spinach artichoke dip substitute that put a happy dance in my feet. It’s creamy, gooey, and the addition of bok choy gives it enough body and texture to give it a mouth-feel that is similar to spinach artichoke dip.

5 C sunchokes, washed and well chopped (peel if you do not have a blender or food processor)

5 large baby bok choy

1 lb (2 C shredded) Mozzarella cheese (you can also use half Feta cheese, if desired)

2 1/2 tsp black truffle oil

1 C cream cheese or neufchatel (one block)

1 Tbsp basil

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 cloves garlic, pressed

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp cayenne

2 Tbsp oil (for cooking with)

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Wash and chop sunchokes (peel if you have no blender or food processor). Boil for 15-20 minutes, or until thoroughly soft.
  • Wash bok choy and separate leaves (discard stems). Cut green parts off and set aside. Toss half of the white parts of bok choy (reserve the other half for a different recipe – they won’t be used here) in a dash of oil and spread into an aluminum foil lined Pyrex pan. Bake for 25 minutes, tossing once halfway through.
Fake Spinach Artichoke Dip: bok choy, greens and whites

Low-Amine Fake Spinach Artichoke Dip: bok choy, greens and whites

  • Chop green parts of bok choy leaves into slivers, and gently stir-fry them on a medium stove with a small amount of oil.
Low-Amine Spinach Artichoke Dip Substitute: bok choy greens, cooked

Low-Amine Spinach Artichoke Dip Substitute: bok choy greens, cooked

  • Shred Mozzarella, and add (reserve 1/4 C Mozzarella to sprinkle over the top) to a large bowl with truffle oil, cream cheese, basil, black pepper, garlic, salt, cayenne, and bok choy greens.
  • Once cooked, puree the sunchokes in a food processor (or mash, if peeled), and add to the cheese mix.
  • When the bok choy is cooked, reduce temperature to 425 degrees. Chop bok choy whites into very small bits. Mix in with cheese blend and mix well.
  • Pour mix into a pie pan and sprinkle remaining Mozzarella over the top.
Low-Amine Spinach Artichoke Dip Substitute: Just before baking

Low-Amine Spinach Artichoke Dip Substitute: Just before baking

  • Bake until golden and bubbly, about 20 minutes. Serve warm with crostini, crackers, or pita.


Very Low Amine: sunchokes, bok choy, basil,black pepper, garlic, salt

Low Amine: Mozzarella, Feta, safflower oil, cream cheese

Very High Amine: truffle oil, cayenne


Baby Bok Choy with Garlic & Ginger

Baby bok choy

Baby Bok Choy with Garlic & Ginger

Bok Choy is a simple green with a lovely texture. Even when cooked through, it has a crispness to it that plays very well with other textures in a meal. I find that simplicity is good with bok choy, so I prefer to use distinct flavors.

30 baby bok choy, well washed

2 Tbsp safflower oil

2 Tbsp minced garlic

2 Tbsp minced ginger

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp white pepper

1 tsp cornstarch

1/2 C stock / broth (homemade stock is best for a low amine diet)

2 Tbsp soy sauce substitute (optional)

2 Tbsp green onions, sliced thin

Crack of fresh black pepper on top

  • To help get rid of pesticides, I soak mine and give them a vigorous dunking in a big bowl of water with a couple teaspoons of ascorbic acid. Shake dry before cooking.
  • Heat oil in large pan to medium high. Wok is preferred.
  • Cook garlic and ginger until just fragrant.
  • Turn heat to high and add bok choy, salt, and pepper. Mix together well.
  • Stir fry for three minutes, or until bok choy starts to soften.
  • Dissolve cornstarch into the chosen stock.
  • Add stock and (optional) soy sauce substitute to pan and mix well.
  • Cook for 7-10 minutes, uncovered.
  • Sprinkle green onions over the top and serve (I forgot mine for the photo).


Very Low Amine: baby bok choy, garlic, ginger, salt, white pepper, cornstarch, green onions, black pepper

Low Amine: safflower oil, homemade stocksoy sauce substitute