October 2, 2015

friday night eats: spinach and artichoke dip

Dips are some of my favorite game day foods. I love them so much, we'll spend the next few weeks featuring great dips. I am particularly fond of spinach and artichoke dip. While I may love it, the calorie counting app on my phone does not.

Knowing that First & Goal's Harper Duquaine is also somewhat self-conscious of her own calorie intake, I figured this lighter version of a classic dish would pass her inspection.

For this recipe, pull out your slow cooker and embrace your love of cheesy goodness and easy cooking (it's all just opening up containers!).

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

1 package fat free or low fat cream cheese
1 15-ounce package frozen spinach
1 15-ounce can artichoke hearts (strained)
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup skim mozzarella cheese
pepper to taste
fresh vegetables and tortilla chips for dipping

Turn slow cooker on high and combine all ingredients, excluding the cheese and cheese/tortillas. Stir occasionally and reduce heat to low after one hour. Stir half of the cheese into the mixture. Wait at least one more hour before serving and add the remaining cheese.

Best served with tortilla chips and fresh vegetables, including carrots, celery, sweet peppers, and cucumbers.

Out of everything I made for my First & Goal launch party, this dip was one of the biggest crowd pleasers. (I also learned that it's pretty tasty when served on top of the black and blue burger.)

This recipe is a definite keeper for me, and I'll make it again.

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About the Book
When Harper Duquaine’s no-nonsense approach to work unintentionally ruffles the wrong feathers at her new job, she joins her co-workers’ fantasy football league to prove she can hang with the guys. Only problem: she doesn’t know a sleeper from a keeper (or any of the other lingo thrown her way). 

Embroiled in a world of lineups, stats, and trades, Harper’s quest to make nice topples when her competitive streak emerges. And her promise to herself that she’ll be a strong, independent woman and leave the drama and heartache behind is seriously tested when she catches the attention of her two biggest competitors: J.J., a local celebrity determined to win a fantasy championship, and Brook, the mild-mannered coach who seems too good to be true. Both threaten her resolve to remain single… and, more importantly, her chances at winning the prize pool.

With a slew of conflicting advice in her real and fantasy worlds, Harper must figure out how to play the game and come out a winner.

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  1. From a fellow dip-lover, thanks for this easy recipe!

    1. Dips forever! :) There will be a couple more yummy and easy dip recipes to come.