Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip

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A skinny spinach and artichoke dip that is both creamy and cheesy. You will never miss all the fat and calories from the regular version. 

A skinny spinach and artichoke dip that is both creamy, cheesy and loaded with a healthy surprise ingredient. You will never miss all the fat and calories from the regular version.

I would like to go on record by saying that my absolute favorite dip in the whole world is spinach artichoke. I can NEVER give it up. A world without artichoke dip just wouldn’t be worth living in. I am sure you all agree. Okay, maybe I am slightly dramatic. But seriously, my love for this appetizer goes wayyy deep.

A skinny spinach and artichoke dip that is both creamy, cheesy and loaded with a healthy surprise ingredient. You will never miss all the fat and calories from the regular version.

So today I am sharing with you my favorite dip….except it’s a skinny version, low calorie, and absolutely amazing. Oh, and mayo free. Have we been over my agonizing fear of mayo? I have an automatic gag reflux if I even smell mayo. It’s mayonnaisephobia. Totally a real thing. Forget the boogie man, as a child I was checking for a jar of mayo under the bed.

Enough about me and my irrational fears though. Let’s talk about dip.

A skinny spinach and artichoke dip that is both creamy, cheesy and loaded with a healthy surprise ingredient. You will never miss all the fat and calories from the regular version.

Are you ready to know the base of this dip…its cauliflower! Did I lose you? Stay with me. It will pay off in the form of lots of cheesy goodness. Boil the cauliflower pieces up in a bunch of vegetable broth and then puree them with lots of roasted garlic. ←←← This equals creamy low calorie goodness that I could eat right off the spoon. The roasted garlic is the real star here. It takes this dip to a whole new level.  Next, add the cauliflower puree to a pan of chopped spinach, artichoke hearts, and a some chopped jalapeño peppers. If you don’t like the heat you could omit the peppers but I like my dip spicy. A great substitution of the jalapeño peppers are mild diced green chilies. They add a lot of flavor without all the spiciness.

Now for the good stuff; cheese! I used grated parmesan, spicy pepper jack, and laughing cow garlic and herb wedges. I love adding laughing cow cheeses to all kinds of pastas and dips. It adds a really nice creaminess for very little calories. 1 wedge is only 35 calories!

A skinny spinach and artichoke dip that is both creamy, cheesy and loaded with a healthy surprise ingredient. You will never miss all the fat and calories from the regular version.

This skinny spinach and artichoke dip is too good not to try!


 

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Skinny Spinach and Artichoke Dip
 
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A skinny spinach and artichoke dip that is both creamy, cheesy and loaded with a healthy surprise ingredient. You will never miss all the fat and calories from the regular version.
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Ingredients
  • 1 Head Garlic
  • 1 Head Cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 (32 oz.) Container Vegetable Broth
  • ½ Cup Reduced Fat Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter (I used Earth's Balance)
  • 1 (10oz.) Package Frozen Spinach, thawed and squeezed dry of excess water
  • 1 (14oz.) Can Artichoke Hearts, roughly chopped
  • 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ Cup Pepper Jack Cheese (Or plain Jack Cheese)
  • 3 Garlic and Herb Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges
  • 1 (4 oz.) Can Diced Jalapeños (or Mild Green Chilies)
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Cut off the top of the garlic, exposing all the cloves inside. Drizzle with olive oil and then wrap the garlic head in foil and bake on a baking sheet for 30-40 minutes or until the garlic cloves are tender. Allow the head to cool and then squeeze 6 cloves of garlic out of the head. Set aside.
  2. In a medium stock pot, bring the vegetable broth to a boil. Add the cauliflower pieces and cook for about 10 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender throughout. Remove cauliflower from the broth, saving 2-3 cups of the broth.
  3. Pour the 6 roasted garlic cloves, cauliflower, 2 cups of vegetable broth, and milk into a blender. Blend until pureed, adding more vegetable broth as needed if the mixture is too thick.
  4. In a skillet, melt the butter. Add in the spinach and artichoke hearts. Cook until the mixture is warmed throughout. Add the cauliflower puree, parmesan cheese, pepper jack cheese, garlic and herb wedges, diced jalapeños, paprika, and onion powder. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the cheese is melted. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with tortilla chips or your favorite veggies!

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Comments

  1. says

    I could never give up spinach and artichoke dip either – it’s my favorite! In fact, I served it at my niece’s first birthday party, but it definitely wasn’t skinny! This version looks SO good and will allow me to have it more often 😉

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      Aw I hope her first birthday party was as perfect as she is. Saw her on Instagram the other day. She is SO cute! Loved her outfit

  2. says

    Hi Mariah! I found your blog through the ever-so-lovely Keri from Fashionable Foods when she nominated both of us for the Liebster Awared. I wanted to reach out and say hello! This dip looks dynamite! I’ve actually made a similar dip using a mini crockpot to keep the dish warm when serving it for a party. Spinach and artichoke dip is always a crowd pleasers and I love that our guests won’t know they are missing those extra calories because it tastes great! We’d love to have you check us out sometime over at InPSYCHfulliving.com for a daily dose of mindful beauty, living and style tips 🙂

  3. says

    I thought I was the only one. I seriously would probably throw up if I ate mayo. There is only one exception, oddly enough, and it’s potato salad. If I cover it in enough salt, I actually enjoy it. Lol. LOVE that this is mayo free!

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      NO WAY! Everyone always loves mayo and I seriously gag! Haha. Glad we share in this weird little phobia lol

  4. says

    Spinach Artichoke Dip is one of my favorite appetizers to order out. I like that this one is on the lighter side. Usually I host a Christmas party and a Summer BBQ with my baristas at Starbucks. I’m always looking for appetizers to make since many of my co-workers are health conscious. I think this would be a hit. 🙂

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      I didn’t know you worked at Starbucks! Tell me, is the birthday cake frap as good as everyone says? I haven’t let myself try it yet in case I get addicted! 😉

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      Aw I love hearing that! I am so glad you liked them Susan!! They are a favorite in our family too!!

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