This spinach artichoke dip recipes reminds me of my old days (and ways). We’d go out on a Friday night, have a beer or two, and some deliciously unhealthy appetizers. When I first started this diet I felt very sorry for myself and mourned a bit (okay a lot) over the food I was giving up. And it was a large list! Wheat, corn, peanuts, anything with yeast (which is ALMOST every bread on the planet by the way) and most sugars. Try going from beer and junk food to that way of life! But the more I started to experiment with food (and replacements for junk food) the more I became amazed at the large variety of food that is out there. I was also amazed at the fact that I COULD still eat all of my old favorites with a little tweaking. Do I miss beer? I’m not going to lie, sometime I do! But I don’t miss feeling sick on a daily basis. These days I wake up feeling alive, and with more energy than I know what to do with. There is no feeling that can compare to that!
I wish I could take total credit for this delicious recipe but I found it in the book “Cooking your way to good health” by Doug Kaufmann. I did however put my own spin on it and added real garlic. Garlic is a proven antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal not to mention there is almost no better flavor in the world. I also used less cream cheese and more yogurt.
Note – I have tried spinach artichoke recipes in the past using frozen spinach, and it’s just not the same fresh flavor, so go for fresh spinach. I paired this with Beanito’s corn free chips. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
- 1 6.5 oz jar artichoke hearts (drain and slightly chop them)
- 2 cups FRESH spinach - chopped
- 3 cloves fresh garlic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1 cup greek yogurt (plain, no sugar added- I use Stonyfield organic greek yogurt )
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- ¼ tsp salt
- pinch of garlic powder
- pinch of black pepper
- pinch of Trader Joe's "everyday seasoning" (optional)
- Chop garlic. Add olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Once hot sauté garlic until slightly golden brown. Add chopped spinach and artichoke until spinach is wilted. Add in cream cheese and all other ingredients EXCEPT for yogurt. Once mixture is warm take off stove and put in bowl then add the yogurt. I like to add the yogurt once the mixture cools a little bit since yogurt may loose it's probiotics when heated. Enjoy!