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Lighter Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Here’s the dip that is loved by so many: Spinach and Artichoke Dip… it’s nice share a lighter version of it.

Lighter Spinach Artichoke Dip

Well, I have to admit… I had it all wrong.  I was calling for a Patriots vs. Niners Super Bowl.  BUMMER.  I’m going the classy route though, and I’m going to admit that the Broncos and Seahawks totally deserve to be in the final game.  They both had amazing seasons, and it will be a fun Super Bowl to watch for sure.  And even if you don’t really care that much about football- the FOOD is really what matters on Super Bowl Sunday anyways, right?  Here’s some food to get you started > some LIGHTER SPINACH AND ARTICHOKE DIP.  Readers have piped in and asked for some Super Bowl snacks on the lighter side.  This one isn’t going to get you into a bikini or anything, but it’s definitely lighter than the original version you’ve probably tried at one point or another.

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There are still some evil things in this dip to make it taste wonderful- just a little bit on the lower fat side of things.

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You can nibble about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of this good stuff for about 106 calories (and if you choose to dip carrots and celery in there instead of chips, you’ll be making a wiser choice calorie-wise).  I use the Spark People Recipe Calculator for my nutritional calculations.  They’re probably not spot-on exactly perfect, but they’re probably pretty darn close.

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Yeah… take a big bite of that! Will you be watching the big game? Are you planning a menu to share with friends, or will you be going to a Super Bowl party? Or maybe you hate football and you’ll be going to a movie or shopping at the mall that day. In any case, this is a good appetizer to share any time of year. Enjoy!

Yield: About 15 servings (about 1/4 cup per serving)

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 40 min

Lighter Spinach & Artichoke Dip


2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream, divided
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
2 (8 ounce) packages 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 1 1/2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray.

2. Combine 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, sour cream, 2 Tablespoons Parmesan, pepper, garlic, artichoke hearts, cream cheese and spinach in a large bowl. Stir until well-blended. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup mozzarella and the remaining 2 Tablespoons Parmesan.

3. Bake for 40 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown on top. Serve with vegetables or chips (extra calories for the chips!)

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: About 1/3 cup
Calories per serving: 106
Fat per serving: 6.3g
Saturated Fat per serving: 4.3g
Sugar per serving: .8g
Sodium per serving: 228.2mg
Fiber per serving: .8g
Protein per serving: 6.2g
Cholesterol per serving: 20.4mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 3.6g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 3 Old Points Program: 2

Source: (Adapted from Cooking Light)

33 Responses to “Lighter Spinach and Artichoke Dip”

  1. postedJan 20, 2014 3:17 AM

    Omg this looks insanely good! One of my fave foods in the whole world is spinach & arti dip and this is a salvation! I have a cheese recipe today too that came in at 106 cals but I rounded up! What are those odds. Pinned – this seriously is my fave recipe of yours in a long time!

  2. postedJan 20, 2014 4:24 AM

    My husbands favorite dip is spinach and artichoke but I am a terrible wife and never make it due to the calories. He is going to go crazy over this!! We don’t really watch the Superbowl, but we will be more than happy to stuff our faces with this anyways! Pinned!

  3. postedJan 20, 2014 5:56 AM

    Oh yah, this needs to be made STAT 🙂 Happy Monday Lori!

  4. postedJan 20, 2014 6:08 AM

    This dip looks totally killer. Spinach artichoke is my FAV dip…and a lighter version is just what I need!!

  5. postedJan 20, 2014 6:40 AM

    We love dips in this family, and this looks soooo inviting. I’m a total sucker for the crispy edges, too.

  6. postedJan 20, 2014 7:00 AM

    I’m pretty shocked at the outcome of yesterday’s football, too, but I will definitely enjoy the Super Bowl…especially if this dip is party of it! 🙂

  7. postedJan 20, 2014 7:43 AM

    This is my kind of dip… although I think it would be hard to be virtuous and only have the single serving!

  8. postedJan 20, 2014 9:51 AM

    I pegged the Patriots for a win, so I was definitely wrong also! The.Boy called a Seahawks Broncos Superbowl, so it will be interesting if he gets the winner right!

    I so want this dip. Right now. ASAP.

  9. postedJan 20, 2014 12:43 PM

    I enjoy spinach and artichoke dips, separately. I never thought to add them together. Great idea. Thanks!

  10. postedJan 20, 2014 3:28 PM

    Today is National Cheese Lovers Day and this is exactly what I wish I had to celebrate!

  11. postedJan 20, 2014 3:42 PM
    Michele s.

    This recipe sounds yummy. I was wondering if I could substitute fat free Greek yogurt for the fat free sour cream?

    • postedJan 21, 2014 7:40 AM

      Lots of people are asking that… I didn’t try it with Greek yogurt, so I can’t say for sure.

  12. postedJan 20, 2014 5:46 PM

    I love spinach and artichoke dip – and your’s looks amazing!

  13. postedJan 20, 2014 6:01 PM

    This is my all-time favorite dip! I can’t wait to make this. What about greek yogurt for sour cream to save even more calories? Now I can eat even more! 🙂

  14. postedJan 20, 2014 6:04 PM

    My favorite dip!!! I love this lighter version, Lori! Pinning!

  15. postedJan 20, 2014 6:30 PM

    This is probably my favorite dip of all and I usually steer clear of it because of the calories. I’m excited to try your recipe and am looking forward to enjoying my favorite dip again.

  16. postedJan 20, 2014 7:02 PM

    So incredibly yummy looking!

  17. postedJan 20, 2014 8:54 PM

    YUMMM!! Spinach and artichoke dip is my very favorite appetizer. I have been know to eat it for dinner, so this is a good thing!!

  18. postedJan 20, 2014 10:03 PM

    Got to admit I don’t care about the game, but this looks delicious! I’d love to eat it while watching the funny commercials!

  19. postedJan 20, 2014 11:35 PM

    This dip looks amazing. Spinach in cheese is irresistible.

  20. postedJan 21, 2014 2:36 AM
    La Torontoise

    Lori, I love artichoke dips and this recipe comes very timely as I will have a get together with my family this weekend.
    Now, what cream cheese is a good fit here? A Philadelphia low fat? Or you meant other specific type?
    The reason I’m asking is that I’m riht now in the Sout of France and French supermarkets are so specific about creem cheese types. I count calories and a low cal version will be perfect for me.

    Any suggestions?

    Thank you very much!!

    • postedJan 21, 2014 7:39 AM

      Yes, I would use Philadelphia low fat.

  21. postedJan 21, 2014 3:11 AM

    Hi Lori! I’m from Brazil and I had a wonderful road trip through New England last fall. Not only the landscapes were gorgeous but I also had the opportunity to try some delicious food. And Spinach and Artichoke Dip was one of them! I’m so happy you shared this very recipe! Unfortunately we have no sour cream here. Is there any homemade recipe to prepare it? Thank you so much!

    • postedJan 21, 2014 7:39 AM

      You can probably use Creme Fraiche, or maybe even Greek yogurt.

  22. postedJan 21, 2014 9:25 AM

    Spinach and artichoke dip is definitely a favorite around here! Love that you made a lighter version!

  23. postedJan 21, 2014 2:49 PM
    Norma|Allspice and Nutmeg

    My all time favorite dip. This will be made in my kitchen for sure.

  24. postedJan 21, 2014 9:18 PM

    It is rare to find a spinach and artichoke dip that does not have mayo. This one is definitely going on my “To Make” list.

  25. postedJan 22, 2014 1:14 PM

    This looks awesome! What a great idea to share some lighter recipes for the Super Bowl. I love spinach and artichoke dip.

  26. postedJan 25, 2014 7:18 AM

    This looks warm and yummy! I’ll have to try this one.

    I recently made one using spinach and kale that is also very good! The kale gives it a little bit more texture to bite into and then of course it makes me feel like I’m eating healthy with both spinach and kale together.

  27. postedJan 25, 2014 4:35 PM

    I was totally rooting for the patriots vs niners too!! Oh well. This dip looks gorgeous, love the healthier substitutions, my only problem would be not devouring this all on my own- don’t think I could stick to the serving size 😉

  28. postedJan 26, 2014 7:27 AM

    This dip looks and sounds so good!

  29. postedFeb 4, 2017 6:20 PM

    I am so excited to make this! Just one silly question, do you know if it refrigerates well after being made? Thank you for the recipe, you’re awesome.

    • postedFeb 6, 2017 12:22 PM

      I’m not sure!

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