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Secretly Healthy Spinach Dip for Parties

 

photo compliments of epicureselections.com
photo compliments of epicureselections.com

Everyone has someone in their family who doesn’t like to eat anything they think is “healthy.” I have two teenage sons and a husband who looks like Thor. These guys enjoy eating good food, but they tend to gravitate towards  junk food: the sugary stuff, and of course fried food. So when I suggest eating something like spinach or cottage cheese, they look at me as if they were going to hurl…

That’s why I have to be super creative and secretive with my recipes. I like to sneak in vegetables and healthy proteins any chance I get, and cottage cheese is a must when it comes to substitutions for many of my recipes.

Just a general trick, substituting cottage cheese for sour cream reduces that fat content and adds a ton of protein to a meal. Just be sure to first blend the cottage cheese and no one will be able to tell the difference.

I use (blended) cottage cheese on baked potatoes, tacos, dip, in enchiladas and lasagna to substitute for other creams and cheese. It works great! But enough about that, let’s get to the recipe!

Lindsey’s Spinach Dip Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

(1) – 10 oz container of frozen chopped spinach – defrost and squeeze out all the juice

(1) – 8 oz cans of sliced water chestnuts – dice into small pieces

(2) – 8 oz containers of 1% cottage cheese – blend with a handheld (immersion) blender or in a traditional blender until smooth and creamy

(1) – 1 oz packet Hidden Valley Ranch dry mix packet – I only like Hidden Valley, the cheaper kinds aren’t as tasty
** OR you can make your own healthy ranch season mix – compliments of He and She Eat Clean **

Ranch seasoning mix RECIPE: (Serving size equals one Ranch packet)
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried dill
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp dried chives
pinch of salt

After completing the above tasks, mix well, eat, and enjoy! No baking or cooking needed.

Prep/cook time: 7 min.

I usually serve this spinach dip with crackers, but some prefer it with bread or served in a bread bowl. If you want to be super healthy, serve with fresh cut cucumbers, peppers, and carrots.

 

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: (for the dip only)

Protein: 80 g

Carbs: 71g

Fat: 6g
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*Nutritional data varies depending on products & brands used.
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Lindsey Nicole Isham is a national speaker and author of the book No Sex in the City, the brutally honest and often hilarious story of Lindsey’s quest for sexual purity in the face of a sexually-saturated society. Lindsey is a 32-year-old relationship guru, the ultimate girly-girl, and a PR junky. Read more about her at lindseyisham.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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69 comments on “Secretly Healthy Spinach Dip for Parties

  1. Lindsey Isham
    January 23, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Hi Jennifer,

    Sorry for the confusion… What you need is 2 – 8 oz. containers of cottage cheese.

    I hope this helps – I also changed this info in the ingredients section.

    Thanks for pinning and let me know how it works for you!

    Sincerely,
    Lindsey

  2. N.C.
    August 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Thank you for the recipe! I didn’t use premixed seasoning, made my own but had to use everything twice as much, otherwise it felt tasteless. Also had to use more cottage cheese, maybe I had a bit too much spinach. Overall it is a great recipe, healthy and delicious!

  3. N.C.
    August 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Oooooh and I just clued in about 2 – 8oz containers of the cottage cheese. See, no wonder mine was too much spinach :)))

  4. sara
    November 11, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I haven’t made this recipe yet, but I always use tons of fresh spinach instead of frozen. I just chop it very small. It’s healthier and my family likes it better. Water chestnuts are a must & I love green onions in it, too. ! I also like the flavor of Knor Vegetable soup packets better. I can’t wait to try this healthier version!

  5. Lindsey Isham
    March 3, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Oh no. Sorry about that. Thanks for your feedback. :)

  6. Lindsey Isham
    March 3, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Oh no. Sorry to hear that… but it was super healthy! :)

  7. Lindsey Isham
    March 3, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Thanks for the feedback!

  8. Lindsey Graves
    March 6, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Kimberlee, sorry to hear about the confusion. Which item(s) do you have a question about?
    Here are the ingredients for a smaller portion, but still awesome!

    (1) – 10 oz container of frozen chopped spinach

    (1) – 8 oz cans of sliced water chestnuts

    (2) – 8 oz containers of 1% cottage cheese

    (1) – 1 oz packets of Hidden Valley Ranch dry mix packet

    I hope this helps. :)

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