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:
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.
Then I drained and chopped a can of artichoke hearts.
I added the artichokes and the spinach to a medium bowl with 2 cups of reduced fat parmesan cheese.
It was important to thoroughly coat this mixture so that all pieces of artichoke had cheese on them.
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.
Then I put it in a 9×9 baking dish and cooked it for about 25 minutes.
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?
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!
- 2 cups light parmesan cheese
- 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- 14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- ⅔ cup light sour cream
- 1 cup reduced fat cream cheese
- ⅓ cup light mayonnaise
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 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.