Classic Creamy Spinach Dip
Classic Creamy Spinach Dip

What is it about creamy spinach dips that makes even the most composed among us lose all sense of control? Leave me alone in a room with a bowl homemade creamy spinach dip and a loaf of bread -- just 10 minutes. That's all I need to polish the whole thing off. No regrets. Until 20 minutes later, when my brain has finally caught up with my mouth and cries, "Stop with the spinach dip already!" But by then it's too late.

This Classic Creamy Spinach Dip is the perfect recipe to feed a crowd. And a great dip can even carry on the conversation. When you can't think of anything else to say, just throw in, "This dip is so good, what's in it?" And your girlfriend will casually reply, "Oh, just a cup of mayo, a cup of sour cream, some spinach and some other stuff."

A cup of what? But it's spinach dip! Isn't it supposed to be healthy? Would you sit there at a party and scoop spoonfuls of mayo into your mouth? I didn't think so. But these dips can be almost that bad. Don't be fooled by the health halo of the green spinach specks.

The good news is you can have your dip and eat it too.

The brilliant cooks in the EatingWell Test Kitchen have done it again. They've figured out how to make a delicious, creamy spinach dip with reduced-fat cream cheese, nonfat yogurt and low-fat cottage cheese instead of full-fat cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream.

This Creamy Spinach Dip recipe will save you a whopping 84 calories and 10 grams of fat per 1/4-cup serving when compared to traditional Spinach Dips.

Oh, and no need to eat an entire loaf of bread: serve our creamy spinach dip with some pita chips and crunchy vegetables.

Reduced Fat Creamy Spinach Dip

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Yield: Serves 10

Reduced Fat Creamy Spinach Dip Recipe Ingredients

    1 small shallot, peeled

    1 (5-ounce) can water chestnuts, rinsed

    1/2 cup reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel)

    1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese

    1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt

    1 tablespoon lemon juice

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    Freshly ground pepper to taste

    6 ounces baby spinach

    2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Reduced Fat Creamy Spinach Dip Recipe Ingredients

    Pulse shallot and water chestnuts in a food processor until coarsely chopped.

    Add cream cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and pulse until just combined.

    Add spinach and chives and pulse until incorporated.

Reduced Fat Creamy Spinach Dip Nutrition Facts

    Per 1/4-cup serving: 53 calories; 3 g fat (2 g sat, 1 g mono); 10 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrate; 3 g protein; 1 g fiber; 206 mg sodium; 105 mg potassium

    Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (15 percent daily value).

    0 Carbohydrate Servings

    Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat


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