Easy Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip
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It’s been awhile since I posted a new recipe here on my website, so today, I wanted to share with you a super delish and amazingly easy spinach artichoke dip. And I promise you, it is well worth the wait. I have been wanting to make a healthier spinach artichoke dip for awhile now but just hadn’t had the time or the right occasion to do it. A last minute get together for New Year’s Eve provided me the perfect opportunity to try my hand at lightening up the usually high saturated fat, calorie laden dip, without decreasing its delicious factor.

 

How did I do this? Well, a lot of spinach artichoke dips contain boatload of cream cheese, mayonnaise, or both, which adds a lot of calories and saturated fat. Not that these ingredients are inherently bad, but when you are shoveling a delicious dip in your mouth, the saturated fat and calories can really add up quickly. So instead of cutting out the cream cheese completely, (cause you gotta have some creaminess factor for your spinach artichoke dip), I used a combination of reduced fat cream cheese, nonfat greek yogurt, and parmesan cheese. I felt that it was the perfect amount. The dip wasn’t too dry (all veggies and no “dip”), nor were the veggies over saturated. It also had great flavor, and no one could taste the yogurt. After I gathered all my ingredients I just mixed them all together in the pan I was going to bake it in (less clean up) and popped it in the oven…. and that is pretty much it!

Easy Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

 

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Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip

Ingredients
10 Ounce Box of Frozen Chopped Spinach
9 Ounce Box of Frozen Artichoke Hearts
2 Minced Garlic Cloves
4 Ounces Reduced Fat Cream Cheese, Softened
1/2 Cup Nonfat plain Greek Yogurt
1/4 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Pinch of Salt
Dash of Ground Pepper

Directions
Thaw frozen veggies according to package directions and ensure spinach is drained well. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop up artichoke hearts into bite sized pieces. Add everything to a 8×8 glass baking dish and mix well. Bake in oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Easy Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe
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October 2015 047
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This my last pumpkin recipe of the season… I swear. I just can’t help it. Pumpkin tastes so delicious, is good for you and is just perfect with warm spices for the autumn season. 🍁🍂🎃

I wanted to make a healthy pumpkin dip for Halloween so I mixed pumpkin puree with nonfat vanilla yogurt, some neufchatal cheese and spices. That’s pretty much it… super easy. As for the dippers I attempted to make apple chips but apparently they stick to wax paper when in the oven 😕 (I learned the hard way that parchment paper should be used instead). So after my sad attempt at apple chips I just cut up my remaining apples into slices and just used them as dippers. To prevent browning I soaked them for a few minutes in a solution containing 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 cups of water. The dip turned out super delish and everyone seemed to really enjoy it! This would be a great addition for Thanksgiving dinner in a few weeks!

 Skinny Pumpkin Dip

Ingredients
1 15 oz can of pure pumpkin puree
1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt (I used dannon light & fit)
4 oz Neufchatel cheese
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
1/4 Tsp Ginger
1/4 Tsp Nutmeg
1/4 Tsp Allspice

Directions
Mix all ingredients together using either a food processor or a hand mixer. Cover and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Pair with healthy dippers such as apple slices.
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