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
(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
*Nutritional data varies depending on products & brands used.
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.