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Reduced Calorie Spinach Artichoke Dip

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A couple of weeks ago I invited myself over to my friend’s house. I was having a really bad week and needed a break from my children before I pulled all my hair out. She was having a crafting night and, being the generous soul that she is, had pity on my homeschool-mom burn out and let me come over. I didn’t want to show up empty handed and I also didn’t have a lot of time to make something. So I decided to make this Reduced Calorie Spinach Artichoke Dip. It was a quick fix, something yummy we could snack on while painting our canvases, and I didn’t feel as guilty about eating it since I cut out more than a third of the amount of calories. It was a hit with the other ladies and what I had leftover my husband finished off. Let me show you how I made it:

spinach

First, I took a 10 oz package of frozen spinach, heated it on the stove with 1/3 cup of water, and then drained it in a sieve over the sink. I also preheated the oven to 375 degrees.

artichokes

Then I drained and chopped a can of artichoke hearts.

spinach and artichoke

I added the artichokes and the spinach to a medium bowl with 2 cups of reduced fat parmesan cheese.

spinach and artichoke

It was important to thoroughly coat this mixture so that all pieces of artichoke had cheese on them.

spinach and artichoke dip

To this mixture I added 2/3 cup of light sour cream, 1 cup of reduced fat cream cheese, 1/3 cup light mayonnaise, and 2 teaspoons of minced garlic.

spinach and artichoke dip

Then I put it in a 9×9 baking dish and cooked it for about 25 minutes.

spinach artichoke dip

Once the top was browned, I snuck a bit out of the corner. You know, just making sure it tasted alright! And it did! Of course I didn’t take pictures, but I ended up eating quite a bit more before making it to my friend’s house. I figured since I had already invited myself over it wouldn’t be terrible if part of the dip was missing, would it?

spinach artichoke dip

The ladies didn’t mind at all and the Spinach Artichoke Dip was a hit! I served it with sourdough bread bites warmly toasted in the oven. I think it would also be splendid with wheat crackers, bagel bites, pita chips, or even tortilla chips. So if you ever invite yourself over to a friend’s house, show up with this dip and no one will care! In all seriousness, this really would be a fun potluck dish. It would also serve as a wonderful appetizer if you are the one hosting. Need another appetizer or potluck idea? Check out my Sweet and Sour Meatballs or my Homemade Cilantro-Lime Salsa. Happy Cooking ya’ll!

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Reduced Calorie Spinach Artichoke Dip

Heidi Davison
Whether you're the hostess or are joining a potluck, this reduced calorie spinach artichoke dip will be a big hit with it's reduced calories and big flavor!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 15

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups light parmesan cheese
  • 10 oz frozen spinach thawed and drained
  • 14 oz can artichoke hearts drained and chopped
  • 2/3 cup light sour cream
  • 1 cup reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp minced garlic

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Thaw and drain spinach.
  • Mix together parmesan cheese, artichoke, and spinach.
  • Combine with remaining ingredients.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until top is browned.
  • Serve with toasted bread, wheat crackers, or tortilla chips.

 

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  • this could be even healthier without the sour cream and mayo. non-fat greek yogurt, loaded with protein, can replace both of those in any recipe.

    • Thanks for the input, Pam! That is a great suggestion.

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