Saturday, January 30, 2010

Healthified Spinach Dip

Need a more healthy choice for your Super Bowl party? This one is great! I've taken it to family events and there has been no leftovers. I have some avid Spinach Dip lovers in my family and even they said it tasted just as good as those in a resturant. This recipe was origanlly from www.eatbetteramerica.com. Great site if you are looking for more healthy recipes. I've served this with tortilla chips and reduced fat ritz crackers.

Healthified Spinach Dip
Prep Time:15 min
Start to Finish:45 min
makes:10 servings (1/4 cup each)
4 cups lightly packed fresh baby spinach leaves (4 oz)
1 package (8 oz) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufch√Ętel), softened
1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese (1 oz)
1/4cup fat-free (skim) milk
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts, drained, chopped
Baguette slices, if desired
Assorted raw vegetables, if desired
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 1-quart shallow glass baking dish or 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.
2. Place spinach in 2-quart microwavable casserole; add 1/4 cup water. Cover; microwave on High 2 minutes. Drain well, pressing spinach with paper towels to remove excess liquid. Chop spinach.
3. In large bowl, beat cream cheese with spoon until smooth. Beat in mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese, the milk, garlic and basil until well blended. Stir in spinach and artichokes. Spread evenly in baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon cheese.
4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve with baguette slices or raw vegetables.
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Nutritional Information
1 Serving: Calories 120 (Calories from Fat 70); Total Fat 8g (Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 20mg; Sodium 280mg; Total Carbohydrate 6g (Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 1g); Protein 5g % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 30%; Vitamin C 6%; Calcium 8%; Iron 4% Exchanges: 0 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Vegetable; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 1/2 MyPyramid Servings: 1/2 c Dairy, 1/2 c Vegetables *% Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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