I know what you’re thinking. Why would you ever make something SO delicious (ingredients include: mayo, cheese for days, butter, etc) into a “skinny” version? How does the saying go? “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”…
I know I can’t be the only one who feels that if I consume one more mayo-heavy/cheese based dip I might die. It’s the Holidays which means parties and dips on dips on dips. Don’t get me wrong. I want to consume a TON of delicious, gooey dip. But I would also love an option for something healthy.
I am a dip fanatic. Just ask Mikey. My favorite dinner consists of at least 4 types of dip and allllll the dippers you can imagine. And for me, my dips are usually mayo/cheese based…accept guacamole. That’s a vegetable and therefore I can have an entire bucket of it (right?).
I made this dip for a family dinner over Thanksgiving and was very nervous about serving it. I had a super strong feeling Mikey’s family would detect the “healthy” version of our favorite dip and surprisingly everyone loved it. The yogurt gives it a teeny bit of a tart flavor but you can mask that with extra salt or a little garlic powder and pepper!
Although this won’t replace my full-fat version of spin-art dip, it is a great way to add something a bit lighter to the fatty spread’s that fill the Holiday table!
It’s so funny how I thought I would have more time for blogging once I was a yoga teacher. That was reality for about a month and then we got a puppy and BAM, blogging got super difficult. I’m doing a couple blog-jobs on the side now which makes my blog even MORE difficult to make time for. Once I’m done working I just don’t want to edit any more pictures or write any more.
But then I look at my blog and feel sad and miss all of you!!! I think there is a light at the end of the tunnel though. As this pup gets bigger I am beginning to get my life back!! I can spend more time doing things around the house. Can actually go to the grocery store and even have time to do work AND my fun blog! YAYYYYYY!!!!!
With the Holiday’s in full swing the schedule is PACKED. I don’t know that I would have it any other way though. I love to see friends and family this time of year. I have done nearly all my Christmas shopping online and the next order of business is the cookie baking (yikes!).
I hope you’re all doing so so well and getting into the Christmas spirit. I know I have covered almost every surface with either lights, candles or some type of green. I. LOVE. CHRISTMAS.
I love you too and hope you’re finding sanity in the season of crazy 🙂
Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip
8 oz Reduced Fat (or regular) Cream Cheese
16 oz (2 Cups) Plain, Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 1/2 Cups Parmesan Cheese
2/3 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
14 oz Canned Artichoke Hearts, Drained and Chopped
4 oz Diced Jalapenos, Drained
10 oz Frozen Spinach, thawed and drained
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
In a medium saucepan, melt butter with cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and parmesan & mozzarella cheese. Stir frequently and uncovered until melted. It may begin to bubble, that’s fine.
Once melted, stir in artichokes, jalapenos, garlic and spinach. Stir until well combined, heated all the way through and gooey!
Serve warm with pita chips, tortilla chips and veggies!
For the non-lightened up version:
Omit the yogurt and replace with 16 oz light or regular sour cream.
1 Stick Butter
Melt all the butter, cream cheese sour cream and cheese like above and the rest is the same!