Fresh Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

So I was doing my weekly-ish produce shopping and realize spinach and artichoke dip sounded amazing.  I did some research on a few different recipes and below is what I came up with. You can easily substitute canned and frozen items but I generally try to make things as fresh as possible.

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What You Need:

  • 1 Artichoke
  • 1 Container of Spinach (about 10-oz)
  • 4 oz Light Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1/2 Cup of Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 3/4 Cup of Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup of Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt to Taste
  • Pepper to Taste
  • Slice of Lemon or some lemon Juice
  • Bay Leaf
  • Garlic Powder to Taste
  • Red Pepper Flake to Taste

What You Do:

  1. Bring 2-3 inches of water to boil.  Place in trimmed artichoke, minced garlic, lemon/lemon juice, and the bay leaf. Reduce temperature to medium heat and let artichoke steam for about and hour. It should basically fall apart when you touch it with a stirring spoon. Drain water.
  2. Heat oil over medium heat until starting to smoke a little. Sauté all the spinach.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Mix softened cream cheese (I microwaved it for 30 seconds because I forgot to pull it out of the fridge), greek yogurt, 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, and spices to taste. Add in minced garlic for extra garlic flavor if you want a stronger garlic taste. Fold in spinach. Mince up the soft part (heart) of the artichoke and add to mixture. For a little extra artichoke, scrap fleshy part of artichoke off the remainder of the leaves. I used the curved side of the knife.
  5. Pour mixture into a small casserole dish.
  6. Sprinkle the remainder of the mozzarella cheese on top.
  7. Bake in over for 8 minutes.
  8. After 8 minutes at 350 degrees, broil on high until cheese starts to brown. Takes only a couple minutes.

Serve with crackers, chips, or whatever your in the mood for! I used whole grain ritz crackers.

Serves about 6. 141 Calories, 6g carbs, 8g fat, 11g protein, 1g sugar.

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