Bubbling hot, cheesy spinach artichoke dip gets a healthy makeover thanks to Greek yogurt and yogurt cream cheese.
Growing up, whenever we went to a baseball game at Coors Field, we’d always have dinner at Wynkoop Brewery. If you’re from Denver or have visited, chances are that you’re familiar with this LoDo staple. As Colorado’s first brewpub, it’s no surprise that it’s always been a favorite for the sports-watching crowd. But my mom, who is not a beer drinker, loved the place for a very different, yet arguably more delicious, reason: spinach artichoke dip served with these crisp, yet soft in the middle bread slices that had to be brushed with garlic and butter. Other than their green chili, I can’t recall anything else we would order except for that dip.
With the Super Bowl almost here, it’s time to start getting serious about game-time grub. As much as I cringe at all the articles that come around this year talking about how many calories the average person consumes during the Super Bowl – please just let me enjoy my snacking – I do agree that it’s always good to have some healthy recipes up your sleeves.
This spinach and artichoke dip, along with my sweet and spicy turkey meatballs, are always my go-to Super Bowl food. Not only is it a real crowd-pleaser, but it’s super simple to make and the flavor is just as strong as the full-fat version of this dip. To make it even lighter on calories you could use non-fat Greek yogurt, but I like the creaminess that 2% gives to the dip.
I saw Greek Yogurt Cream cheese at the store and had to pick it up. Lower in fat and calories than traditional cream cheese, it’s still perfectly creamy – ideal for lightening up dips! However, if you can’t find it at your local grocery store, feel free to use 1/3 less fat cream cheese instead.
I made this dip over the weekend for the AFC and NFC championship games. While it’s a sad year to be a Bronco’s fan, after living in Boston for eight years and my dad being from Minnesota I found myself pretty engaged in the outcome of each match-up (I’ll stay silent on exactly who I was rooting for in the AFC matchup. . .).
So here’s a toast to a warm, bubbly, cheesy dip! Whether you’re a football fan or are looking for a good party recipe I hope you enjoy!
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