Monday, September 10, 2012

Football Food Makeover # 2: Spinach Artichoke Dip

This weekend we took Annalyn to her first Butler football game.  Before the game we stopped by the book store in Atherton to get her a new Bulldog shirt before homecoming since she's outgrown all of hers.  And, of course, we stopped by the bulldog statue to take a couple pictures.  Michael and I always love going back to Butler and it was fun to share that joy with our daughter.

In honor of Peanut's first football game, here's another football food makeover recipe:

Spinach Artichoke Dip

(made over version)
-cooking spray
-1/2 pound fresh baby spinach leaves, washed and dried (can also use frozen)
-1 can artichoke hearts, without oil, drained
-3 cloves minced garlic (heaping spoonful of minced)
-1/2 medium onion, quartered
-1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes
-1/2 t. smoked paprika
-1/2 t. cayenne pepper
-1 t. salt
-1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
-1/2 c. non-fat Greek yogurt
-4 oz. low fat cream cheese, at room temperature

(original recipe)
-1 c. mayo
-1 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
-14 oz. artichoke hearts, drained
-9 oz. frozen spinach, thawed
-1 red bell pepper
-1/4 c. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
-1 t. paprika
-1/2 t. cayenne pepper

WW points comparison: (makes 12 servings 1/4 c. each or 6 servings 1/2 c. each)
-original is 6 points per 1/4 c. or 11 pts per 1/2 c. serving
-makeover version is only 1 point per 1/4 c. or 3 pts. per 1/2 c. serving!
**point values do not include chips.


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a casserole dish or square glass pan with cooking spray.   Place all ingredients except spinach in a food processor and process until smooth. 

2.  Add spinach and continue to blend.  (This makes a very creamy dip.  If you prefer a chunkier dip, chop the spinach and artichokes instead of blending.)

3.  Pour into the prepared casserole dish.  Sprinkle with paprika and parmesan cheese.  Bake uncovered for 25-35 minutes. 

4.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes, the dip will set as it cools.  Serve with crackers or chips.

5. Another serving suggestion: Spread spinach dip on flatbread, top with sliced tomatoes and feta cheese, sprinkle with grated parmesan. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Makes a great appetizer!

A few more pics from our day at Butler...
showing Peanut the bulldog

thought I was posing for a cute pic with my baby...

then I realized she was licking the bulldog!

you mean we aren't supposed to 
kiss the bulldog for good luck?

ok, maybe just ride on him then

Daddy & Annalyn at the Butler bowl

she actually really enjoyed watching the game

it started out a nail-biter, but the Bulldogs won 42-13!

the weather was beautiful

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