February 20, 2012

Recipe of the Day: Healthified Spinach Dip with Artichokes from Betty Crocker


I (Dawn) LOVE Spinach and Artichoke Dip!!  Here's a great and healthy version from Betty Crocker!
Healthified Spinach Dip with Artichokes
4 cups lightly packed fresh baby spinach leaves (4 oz)
1 package (8 oz) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufch√Ętel), softened
1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese (1 oz)
1/4 cup fat-free (skim) milk
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts, drained, chopped
Baguette slices, assorted raw vegetables, or tortilla chips for dipping
1.  Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 1-quart shallow glass baking dish or 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.
2.  Place spinach in 2-quart microwavable casserole; add 1/4 cup water. Cover; microwave on High 2 minutes. Drain well, pressing spinach with paper towels to remove excess liquid. Chop spinach.
3.  In large bowl, beat cream cheese with spoon until smooth. Beat in mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese, the milk, garlic and basil until well blended. Stir in spinach and artichokes. Spread evenly in baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon cheese.
4.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve with baguette slices or raw vegetables.
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