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.
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 anyway, 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.
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.
You can nibble this with crackers or chips, but if you choose to dip carrots and celery in there instead, you’ll be making a wiser choice calorie-wise. If you happen to be following the Weight Watchers WW plan, you will find a link to the WW Points on the recipe card at the end of this post.
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!
Here are a few more dip recipes you might enjoy:
Lighter Spinach and Artichoke Dip
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part skim mozzarella cheese, divided
- ½ cup nonfat plain yogurt, divided
- ¼ cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 3 medium garlic cloves, minced
- One 14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- Two 8 ounce packages ⅓-less-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
- One 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 1½ quart baking dish with nonstick spray.
- Combine 1½ 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 ½ cup mozzarella and the remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown on top. Serve with vegetables or chips (extra calories for the chips!)