Healthy Holiday Spinach& Artichoke Dip

Do you need a dish to bring to Thanksgiving or a holiday potluck?  Search no further.  This holiday spinach dip is sure to please your crowd as they’re snacking and waiting on the main event.  I doubled the recipe – ‘Tis the season for crowds & friendship!  Bring a double recipe to your large holiday gathering OR freeze one to pop in the oven before the next get together or just to snack on at home!

I have been bringing spinach dip to my Thanksgiving get togethers since I was a teenager – it was the first thing I volunteered to bring, it was a hit, and it is requested annually now!  I know it’s not considered one of the traditional items but it works.  I usually bring a few other dishes now that I’m a full on grown person, and since our family gatherings tend to be on the smaller side more cooks are needed.  But this has continued to be a staple dish.

This version of spinach dip is: high in fiber, packed full of healthy protein, uses non-fat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and at the same time doesn’t completely skimp on fat with full-fat cream cheese and parmesan.  I served it with some yummy whole grain pita points.  If that’s not your cup of tea you could also use pita chips, tortilla chips, or bake it up in a bread bowl if you wanted to get super fancy!

I used freshly chopped spinach but you could just as easily substitute the same amount of frozen spinach.  If you’re going to go with frozen, just pop it in the fridge to thaw the day before you make it and follow the same recipe steps.

Ingredients:

1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt

2/3 cup cream cheese

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

20 ounces fresh spinach, chopped

2 10 ounce cans artichoke hearts, chopped

2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

1 tsp lemon zest

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

8 whole wheat pitas, cut into points, for serving

Method:

Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees and get out 2 8×8 baking dishes.  Chop spinach and artichokes (the more finely you chop, the easier dipping will be!  Whisk yogurt and cream cheese together until no lumps remain.  Stir in parmesan cheese, salt, garlic powder and lemon zest.  Stir in spinach, artichokes, and mozzarella.  Bake 20 minutes, or until bubbly around the sides of the pan.

Enjoy and happy holidays everyone!

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