Easy Family Recipes: Lightened Spinach Artichoke Dip

Lightened Spinach Artichoke DipI adore snack foods. Give me a dip or spread of any kind and I'm all in. But when you take a look at a typical dip, it's loaded with cream cheese, sour cream, or mayo. Sure, these ingredients are delicious, and they add a terrific creaminess that can't be beat, but right now, I'm looking for moderation. I try to steer clear of these ingredients in non-fat form, so I've looked for a few alternatives. Guess what I found? Tofu!

 

Before you say that you would never use tofu, think about what it brings to the dish. By using tofu, you're adding protein and cutting fat. In this recipe, it's important though to use silken tofu. This type, as opposed to firm or extra-firm, will blend and get nice and creamy. You and your family will love the dip and never notice the difference.

Lightened Spinach Artichoke Dip

6 servings

  • 8 ounces silken tofu, crumbled
  • 8 ounces low fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup low fat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 8 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed to remove excess moisture
  • 8 ounces marinated artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese, grated for garnish

Beat tofu until smooth. Mix in cream cheese, mayonnaise and pepper in mixer bowl. Fold in spinach, artichokes and green onions.

Pour mixture into a 9" oval casserole dish. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top, if desired.

Bake at 350∞F for 20 to 25 minutes minutes or until bubbly and browned on top. Serve with low-carb crackers or bread for an all-around low-carb snack or lunch!

Nutrition per 4-oz. serving: 62 calories, 6.6 g protein, 5.7 g carbohydrates, 1.5 g fiber, 1.4 g fat, 254 mg sodium

Recipe adapted from Soyfoods Association of North America

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