Healthy & Delicious: Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Healthy & Delicious: Spinach and Artichoke Dip
"The hype is not unfounded. This recipe is aces." Spinach and Artichoke Dip is one of Cooking Light's most popular recipes, and I've been meaning to try it for some time now. There was never an excuse until this week. So, thank you, impending Super Bowl. Thank you. As it turns out, the hype is not unfounded. This recipe is aces. It puts non-light versions to shame. To shame. Garlicky, cheesy, and creamy, you won't be able to tell it's a healthy substitute for an historically unhealthy dip; neither will your picky Uncle Bobby. It pairs beautifully with baked chips or bread rounds, contains no mayonnaise, and best of all, includes a big ol' helping of vegetables. Each 1/2 cup comes out to only about 135 calories and 7 grams of fat, too. Compared to restaurant brands, that's fairly phenomenal. I changed a few things from the original recipe, based on reviews and forgetting to buy enough mozzarella. First, I sautéed ten ounces of fresh spinach, instead of defrosting eight ounces of frozen. This seemed to give the dip more body and fresh flavor. Second, I increased the parmesan and cut 25-percent of the cream cheeses and mozzarella. The reduced-fat version made everything a little creamier without affecting the flavor. Finally, for smoother texture, I creamed the cheeses together before adding anything else to the mixture. As always, all changes are reflected below. In conclusions: go Saints, go Pete Townshend, and go forth and try this dip. It's a winner.


, 10-ounce bag fresh spinach, (3/4 block) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened, (3/4 block) fat-free cream cheese, softened, fat-free sour cream, part-skim mozzarella, shredded, (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped, freshly ground black pepper, garlic cloves, crushed (not minced), shredded parmesan cheese, divided


Calories per serving:

241 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Sugar Conscious, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 14g 21%
  • Carbs 16g 5%
  • Saturated 8g 40%
  • Fiber 5g 19%
  • Sugars 4g
  • Monounsaturated 4g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 15g 31%
  • Cholesterol 46mg 15%
  • Sodium 624mg 26%
  • Calcium 398mg 40%
  • Magnesium 95mg 24%
  • Potassium 671mg 19%
  • Iron 2mg 14%
  • Zinc 2mg 11%
  • Phosphorus 380mg 54%
  • Vitamin A 373µg 41%
  • Vitamin C 21mg 36%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 8%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 19%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 6%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 11%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 153µg 38%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 9%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 6%
  • Vitamin K 239µg 299%
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