Monday, November 28, 2011

80--- Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip- Revamped

This was good the first time around. But I thought that I could do better. And eliminate some dairy and processed stuff. So I did. And now it's better with amazing artichoke flavor. It is still a FANTASTIC tailgating/football watching snack.

I love football. But that love really only extends to college ball. I do not love NFL football. The instant replay challenges drive me mad. Here's my thoughts: the referees are part of the game. No one is perfect, and they are no exception. The calls that they make are PART OF THE GAME. I do not care how much money is at stake. It's a game. There's my two cents.

If I do watch the NFL I choose my team by the best uniform color. And I bet on horse races by the coolest name. Don't take me to Vegas.

This spinach artichoke dip is so tasty. Here's a tip: don't tell anyone that it's healthy. They will eat it anyways and love it.

Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip
Serves 6-8

6 cups raw baby spinach leaves, stemmed
1 clove garlic, pressed and finely minced
1 small white onion, chopped finely
2 cans quartered artichoke hearts, drained
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large nonstick skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and chopped onion and saute until tender, ~ 2 minutes. Chop one can of artichoke hearts into 1/2" pieces.  Add pieces to skillet and heat for one minute. Add spinach leaves, turning constantly until leaves have softened. Remove from heat.

In a small food processor, blend remaining can of artichoke hearts until smooth. Add salt and pepper and mix to combine. Spoon puree into a medium bowl. Add sauteed spinach and artichoke heart mixture and fold to combine. Add 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and stir.

Place mixture into a 2-3 cup oven-safe crock. Top with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and bake for 20 minutes. Place oven on high broil, and broil until cheese is lightly browned.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes prior to serving. Serve with Wasa crackers, flatbread, or pita chips.

Nutrition Info per 1/2 cup serving: 95 calories, 3 g fat, 6 g protein, 10 g carbohydrates, 2.5 g fiber


  1. About how many ounces are in each can of artichokes? I have some frozen artichokes and am curious about the ratio to spinach.

  2. I would add 1 1/2 or 2 cups of the frozen (thawed) artichokes, depending on your liking of them! Each can has ~ 1 1/2 cups.

  3. I love this! Sounds great! I'll be sure to give it a try :)

  4. I love spinach and artichoke dip, thanks for a healthy version!

  5. I made this tonight for the super bowl. Everyone loved it and had no clue it was probably the healthiest artichoke dip they had ever had! Thanks for the recipe!