Lighter Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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

Lighter Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe from RecipeGirl.com

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.

Lighter Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe from RecipeGirl.com

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.

Lighter Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe from RecipeGirl.com

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.

Lighter Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe from RecipeGirl.com

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!

Lighter Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:40 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt, 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
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 1 1/2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, yogurt, 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!)
Nutrition:
  • Nutritional Information per serving (Serving size: About 1/3 cup) Calories: 106, Fat: 6.3g, Saturated Fat: 4.3g, Sugar: .8g, Sodium: 228.2mg, Fiber: .8g, Protein: 6.2g, Cholesterol: 20.4mg, Carbohydrates: 3.6g
  • WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS per serving:  Freestyle SmartPoints: 4, Points Plus Program: 3 Old Points Program: 2
SOURCE: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from Cooking Light)

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  • Christina wrote:

    Do you think this could be made in a slow cooker?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I haven’t tried using a slow cooker for this one.

  • TAMARA SHANNON wrote:

    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.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’m not sure!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking wrote:

    This dip looks and sounds so good!

  • Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen wrote:

    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 😉

  • The Nested Turtle wrote:

    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.

  • Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare wrote:

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

  • Dana wrote:

    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.

  • Norma|Allspice and Nutmeg wrote:

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

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction wrote:

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

  • Maíra wrote:

    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!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

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