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Healthified Spinach Dip with Artichokes

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50% less fat • 50% less sat fat • 36% fewer calories than the original recipe. Whether party food or family fare, this dip won’t weigh you down. Slimmed down in calories and fat, it boasts much more spinach for an extra punch of vitamins.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 10

Ingredients

4
cups lightly packed fresh baby spinach leaves (4 oz)
1
package (8 oz) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
1/4
cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
4
tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese (1 oz)
1/4
cup fat-free (skim) milk
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
teaspoon dried basil leaves
1
can (14 oz) artichoke hearts, drained, chopped
Baguette slices, if desired
Assorted raw vegetables, if desired

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 1-quart shallow glass baking dish or 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.
  • 2 Place spinach in 2-quart microwavable casserole; add 1/4 cup water. Cover; microwave on High 2 minutes. Drain well, pressing spinach with paper towels to remove excess liquid. Chop spinach.
  • 3 In large bowl, beat cream cheese with spoon until smooth. Beat in mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese, the milk, garlic and basil until well blended. Stir in spinach and artichokes. Spread evenly in baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon cheese.
  • 4 Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve with baguette slices or raw vegetables.

Nutrition Info

The Quick Take: Healthified

  • Calories Reduced By 70
  • Fat Reduced By 8g
  • Sodium Reduced By 20mg
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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
120
(
Calories from Fat
70),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
8%
(Saturated Fat
3 1/2g,
3 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
250mg
250%;
Total Carbohydrate
6g
6%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

The Original vs. Healthified

Live Better America lets you enjoy your favorite dishes without worry or guilt. Our nutritionists switch ingredients, reduce amounts and use other kitchen tricks to turn the original recipes into Healthified recipes that are good and good for you.

Before After
1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves 4 cups lightly packed fresh baby spinach leaves (4 oz)
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened 1 package (8 oz) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese (1 oz) 4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese (1 oz)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1/4 cup fat-free (skim) milk
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts, drained, chopped 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
Baguette slices, if desired 1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts, drained, chopped
Baguette slices, if desired
Assorted raw vegetables, if desired
Nutritional Highlights
Calories
 
 
190 (before)
120 (after)
Saturated Fat
 
 
8 g (before)
4 g (after)
Sodium
 
 
300 mg (before)
280 mg (after)
Total Fat
 
 
16 g (before)
8 g (after)

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Expert Tips

We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the originals.

A 9-oz box of Green Giant® frozen spinach can be used in place of the fresh spinach. Cook as directed on box and drain well, pressing spinach with paper towels to remove excess liquid.

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We calculated the nutrition of this recipe at the time it was created on 07/17/2012. NOTE: We do not include optional ingredients in our calculations. If concerned about gluten-free, non-dairy, vegetarian or vegan status, always read ingredient labels to make sure each recipe ingredient meets requirements. Products and ingredient sources can change.

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NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
120
(
Calories from Fat
70),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
8%
(Saturated Fat
3 1/2g,
3 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
250mg
250%;
Total Carbohydrate
6g
6%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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