Spinach Artichoke Dip


I wanted to find out what foods are people’s favorite dips for the Superbowl and spinach artichoke dip came up and I was astonished on how many calories are in the average spinach and artichoke dip recipe! Some topping way over 2,000 calories and 150 grams of fat! Wowzer, is all I can say! So instead of just skipping over this recipe, I decided to make my own version of this, with more protein, lower fat and still tasty! A little last minute tip, I would suggest making this the day before so the ingredients can combine better. Makes 8 servings, serving size is 1/4 cup. 

Ingredients

8 oz. fat-free plain Greek yogurt
8 oz. low fat cottage cheese
1 10 oz. package of frozen spinach, thaw and press all water out of it
1 14 oz. can quartered artichoke hearts (in water, not marinated)
1 5 oz. can water chestnuts, diced
2 cloves fresh garlic
2 Tbs. dried parsley
1 tsp. dried dill
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion flakes
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. pepper

Preparation

1. In a food processor (or blender) process cottage cheese until completely smooth.
2. Add in greek yogurt and parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion flakes, basil and pepper.
3. Peel and smash garlic cloves with the flat edge of a knife and add to food processor. Make sure all water is squeezed and pressed out of spinach and process until smooth.
4. Strain and press as much water out of artichoke hearts and water chestnuts as much as possible...this is important so you don't get a watery dip.
5. Add artichoke hearts to processor and pulse until combined...don't over process!
6. Transfer dip from food processor into a bowl, and store in the fridge overnight.
7. Once you are ready to serve, stir in the (diced) water chestnuts but make sure excess water is strained out before adding to dip.
Serve and enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Calories: 94
Protein: 9.4 grams
Fats: .9 grams
Carbs: 13.1 grams
Sugar: 2.1 grams

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