Sunday, September 20, 2009

Jenn's Healthified Spinach, Artichoke and Red Pepper Dip

To bake or serve raw:

* 1/2 pkg. reduced fat or fat free cream cheese
* 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
* 1/2 cup yogurt drained (you drain your yogurt by putting a cheesecloth over a strainer and letting it sit in the fridge for a few hours--I usually let mine sit overnight. It makes a thick creamy yogurt the consistency of cream cheese/sour cream).
* 12-16 oz. of artichoke hearts in water not marinated
* 1 roasted red pepper chopped
* 1/2 cup good Parmesan cheese grated
* 2-3 cups fresh chopped spinach
* 1 clove garlic
* 1 Tbl. lemon juice (I didn't use it in this batch--I forgot--it would be good either way).
* Salt and pepper to taste

1. Combine softened cream cheese, yogurts, artichoke hearts garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper in food processor or blender. Mix--pulse.

2. Pour into bowl and add roasted peppers, fresh chopped spinach, and Parmesan cheese.

3. I serve mine with the best healthy chips I've ever tasted. The brand is: Food Should Taste Good. I can get mine in the grocery store in the health food section but you can order them online. We've tried the multi-grain, sweet potato, and jalapeno. The sweet potato are our favorite with the multi-grain right up there with it. They have about 11 different flavors. Online you have to buy a case of 12 but you can mix and match all the flavors. Sorry for the plug but they really are good. I promise I'm not getting paid to say any of this! Serve with your favorite whole grain chip or cracker. Make sure it doesn't have hydrogenated fat or high fructose corn syrup! Those are major ingredients you really don't want!

4. If you still want to bake it after all of my hype not to you can. Bake at 350 for about 25-30 min or until it's bubbly and browning.