Holiday Recipe Redo: Appetizer Edition



Sometimes I laugh when reading tips for how to eat healthy at holiday parties. I was looking at a list of the worst holiday foods from Men’s Health and some of the swaps they recommend just don’t make sense. They claim Spinach and Artichoke Dip is the worst snack option. Okay, I understand that. What I don’t understand is what they recommend you eat in place of the dip – melon balls wrapped in prosciutto! While I love melon and prosciutto, if I am craving a cheesy, gooey, warm dip, a melon ball just isn’t going to cut it. Anyone else?


Instead of deriving yourself of what you want, how bout just making a few substitutions to make it healthier. Below is my Spinach and Artichoke Dip recipe redo so you don’t have to miss out on what you really want!


ORIGINAL Spinach Artichoke Dip
1 cup thawed, chopped frozen spinach
1.5 cups thawed, chopped frozen artichoke hearts
6 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


Serves 8
Calories per serving: 157
Fat per serving: 13 grams


REDONE Spinach Artichoke Dip
This recipe is all about featuring a few flavorful ingredients rather than masking them with mayo, sour cream and cream cheese. The combination of Parmesan and Mozzarella and milk creates a great creaminess without all the fat from the original.

Cooking Spray
1.5 cups thawed, chopped frozen spinach – squeezed dry
1.5 cups thawed, chopped frozen artichoke hearts – drained
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup fat free milk
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


Combine all ingredients in large bowl until well mixed. Transfer to baking dish prepared with cooking spray. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until bubbly.


New stats:
Serves 8
Calories per serving: 74.5
Fat per serving: 3 grams


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3 thoughts on “Holiday Recipe Redo: Appetizer Edition

  1. SO making this for some parties this weekend! Thx as always for healthier options. Now if only you would have been here this morning to force me to eat my cereal and banana instead of egg sandi bagel that boss brought in. COLD weather in Colo. does not make me want to eat cold cereal.

  2. Just wanted to post a little follow-up that I made this for Kelly’s surprise bday party 3 weeks ago (wow, I’m behind) and it was a big hit. It is much lighter than traditional spin-art dip and you can actually taste the spinach and artichokes rather than them being masked by cheese and cream.

    I used 2 cans of artichokes because my grocery didn’t have frozen so I was sure to rinse them with water to get the sodium off but they worked great.

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