Monday, May 23, 2011

Lightened Up Spinach Artichoke Dip

I don't much like green vegetables. We don't get along. Which is why I was so annoyed when my best friend, Alex, would insist we share Spinach Artichoke dip whenever we would go out to eat at T.G.I. Friday's. To my surprise, I liked it-and grew to like it more and more the more I ate it. I was so proud of myself! I liked something healthy! Yay! Then, a year or two later, I found out-actually not so good for me. Well, sheesh, what's the point of eating green things if they're not even good for you?! Figures. Enter this recipe. I found it back when finding recipes was an occasional thing, and not yet an obsession, on Kraft's recipe website. It is supposed to be a makeover of the very dip I fell in love with at Friday's. Healthy Spinach Artichoke dip! Yay! But-would it taste good? Answer: yes!!! Yum! It is one of my favorite things to make now, and I hope it becomes that for you too!

Lightened Up Spinach Artichoke Dip (Recipe Makeover)

Lightened Up Spinach Artichoke Dip

  • 14 oz. artichoke hearts, finely chopped (I can never find them canned, unless they are marinated, so I find them frozen, thaw them, drain them, then chop them myself.)
  • 10 oz. (1 package) frozen chopped spinach-thawed and drained. (visit here to see an easy way to drain spinach)
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese.
  • 1/2 cup the healthiest/lowest fat mayonnaise you please/can find.
  • 1/2 cup lowest fat/best shredded mozzarella cheese you please/can find.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder (or, if you're me, 1/2 tablespoon....whatever :P)
  • Optional: 1/2 a tomato, diced.
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix together all of the ingredients; spoon into 9-inch quiche dish or pie plate.
  • Bake 20 minutes.
  • Serve with slices of toasted whole wheat bread (if you're me), tortilla chips (if you are Friday's), or Triscuits, Reduced Fat Crackers, cut up vegetables, whatever you'd like!
Score one point for green vegetables!!

-UPDATE: I've edited the amount of mayonnaise in the recipe. 3/4 of a cup is a more than necessary, 1/2 cup is still plenty. Just made it a little better for you :)

Also added the option of putting tomatoes in, because I tried it, and it was delightful! Here's a photo:

Lightened Up Spinach Artichoke Dip
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