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Surprisingly Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip

At every single one of my family holiday parties you can always count on there being Spinach Artichoke Dip somewhere in the line up of appetizers. Believe me, I am not complaining! I love the stuff, but how could you not? The dish is packed with all different kinds of cheeses.

I know that eating healthy isn’t the first thing on your mind when at a holiday party, but I decided to create a new healthier version of my moms oh so famous Spinach Artichoke Dip. It never hurts to cut out a few calories without even knowing it!

Healthy Spinach Artichoke dip

I have used cauliflower in this recipe because when it is puréed, it provides the same consistency and creaminess as cheese. It’s my new “go to” substitute!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups of steamed cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened (1/3 less fat cream cheese)
  • 1/2 cup of grated parmesan
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 14oz canned artichoke hearts, drained and chopped roughly
  • 10oz package of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese for topping
  • Paprika, for color

*I also recommend adding chopped water chestnuts into the mixture. It’s something my mom has always done, but it actually gives a little more texture and crunch! *Healthy Spinach Artichoke dip

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put the steamed cauliflower in a blender or food processor and pulse until a creamy smooth mixture. Using a spatula, put in a large bowl.
  3. Add the softened cream cheese, parmesan, minced garlic, artichoke hearts, and drained spinach to the large bowl. Add salt and pepper.
  4. Mix the ingredients together until combined and put in an oven dish to bake.
  5. Before baking, top the dip with more parmesan cheese and paprika to give a golden brown finish.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes. If you want more of a brown color over the top, place the dish until the broiler at high for about a minute. Healthy Spinach Artichoke dipHealthy Spinach Artichoke dip

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