Lightened Up Spinach Dip

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Lightened Up Spinach Dip. Brenda Bennett
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups (8 servings)
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 Now that Christmas is over everyone is gearing up for New Year's Eve parties. But I don't know about you, after all the holiday shopping, wrapping and baking I am just exhausted and not really interested in any heavy duty cooking for New Year's Eve.

To me New Year's Eve is more about spending fun family time together and enjoying picky finger foods rather than a large meal like we just had on Christmas. I want easy and stress free recipes that do not require me to be in the kitchen when everyone else is relaxing. Easy recipes with few ingredients and minimal time is what it's all about to me. I can't think of another recipe easier than this one. It's still a classic spinach dip, but often it's made with mayonnaise. If you have allergies in your family as I do, most mayonnaise is made with soybean oil. That's a no no for us as my oldest has a soy allergy. I often have to replace mayonnaise in most recipes with other ingredients. 

I don't think you will miss the mayo taste in these at all since the combination of flavors from the two cheeses is where the flavor is at. The cream cheese gives you that fabulous texture you want when it comes to a dip. Even if you're not a lover of cottage cheese as I am not and really dislike the texture to eat it by itself, when combined in the blender you won't even notice it in there. 

When it comes to entertaining and enjoying the parties, preparing yourself with a healthier option is always the way to go so you will be less tempted to overindulge in unhealthier choices. Learning to live a sugar free lifestyle just takes some planning ahead and a little bit of creativity and you will never feel the least bit deprived at any party! 

What You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 32 ounces spinach (fresh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 4 ounces light cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)

How to Make It

Heat oil in a skillet and cook garlic until fragrant.Add spinach and salt and cook until spinach is wilted. Set aside and allow to cool. Add cottage cheese, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese to a blender and blend until combined. Add cooled spinach to cheeses in blender and pulse about 10 times until desired texture and consistency. Makes about 2 cups. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Enjoy with fresh chopped vegetable kabobs!

 

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 157
Total Fat 9 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Unsaturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 21 mg
Sodium 283 mg
Carbohydrates 12 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 9 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)