Rocco's 5 Minute Flavor goes where not many celebrity chefs dare to - cooking without time, money or fancy ingredients. The book is organized around his "5 ingredients/5 minutes prep/$5 per portion" concept — a weekly feature of Rocco DiSpirito's daily radio broadcast on WOR.
Here's a recipe for a healthy dip (only 17 calories per tablespoon) from the book, courtesy of Self magazine (Dec. 2005):
Drain one 14-oz can of water-packed artichoke hearts. Chop and put in microwave-safe dish.
Add 3/4 cup plain lowfat yogurt and stir til blended.
Sprinkle in 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and stir.
Press 2 cloves garlic, chop 2 tbsp fresh basil and mix all ingredients together.
Microwave 3 minutes on high. Stir. Microwave 2 minutes more. Serve warm with pita chips.
(Sounds like a good Superbowl party dip, too, as you can just make more as you run out!)