Monday, August 6, 2012

{Skinny} Spinach Artichoke Dip

I am always looking for low calorie dishes to bring to parties and to make as side dishes for parties. I stumbled upon a similar recipe for a low calorie spinach artichoke dip, but felt the dish needed some more cheese and some slight low-calorie alternatives. Today I thought I would share you my low calorie version.   

This recipe makes about 4 cups of the dip, and each 1/2 cup serving is around 75 calories. Considering how many calories the traditionally made dip has in it, this is amazing. I have made it for several parties, and it has always been well received. My husband especially loves it. 

There are some options that you can play with for this recipe. If you want to add some extra fat, you can put some chopped cream cheese, or even some low-cal cream cheese to keep it healthy. You can also add some more vegetables, like shallots or broccoli. You can also change the cheeses, or add some different cheese flavors like parmigiano reggiano or muenster. I have made many variations, but this one has turned out to be a crowd favorite. I hope you make it and enjoy it!

 Ingredients:
  • One can or jar of artichoke hearts packed in water, drained and chopped up.  You can use marinated versions if you want a deeper flavor, but it may come with more calories.
  • 8-10 ounce of frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 3/4 cup fat free Greek yogurt, or one small container.
  • 1/2 cup light or olive oil mayonnaise
  • 6 ounces shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • olive oil spray
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit or 350° for a convection oven setting.
  2. Coarsely dice and chop the artichoke hearts, garlic and red onions and put in large bowl.
  3. Combine all the ingredients in the large bowl. and combine well. Put the mixture  in an oven-proof dish and bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes for conventional oven or 350° for 15-20 minutes for a convection oven, or until it is hot and the cheese is melted. Serve right away.
This recipe can be made in advanced. You just need to place it in a sealed container and store it in the fridge for the next day. Reheat before serving.
What are some of your favorite dishes to bring to a party? 

3 comments:

  1. mmmm thanks for bringing this last night! i'm glad i have the recipe now =)

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  2. Sounds delicious! I am a new follower from Rome!

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    1. Thank you! I'll follow your wonderful blog as well!

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