Warm Cheesy Spinach Dip

Here's the Dish

Most warm cheesy spinach dips are loaded with mayo, sour cream, and butter! In other words, there is nothing healthy about the average spinach dip, despite the name ‘spinach’ and lush green color! This dip recipe is always a crowd pleaser wherever I bring it, and it has nothing but ‘clean’ ingredients. Nothing processed, no trans fats, and it is loaded with healthy protein to keep you satisfied…All while giving other spinach dips a run for their money in taste! Now that is a game day recipe if you ask me! 

Method

The estimated total time to make this recipe is 15-20 minutes.

1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a small baking dish (8×8 or smaller) with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside. 

2

Combine spinach, seasonings, onions and 1/4 cup water in sauté pan and cover.  Steam until spinach wilted and onion is softened, stirring occasionally. Remove cover and continue to stir and cook until water is completely evaporated (or cooked off). Add water chestnuts, stir to combine, and turn off heat. 

3

Meanwhile, blend cottage cheese in the blender or food processor until smooth. Add to the sauté pan, along with the rest of the cheeses. Pour into baking dish and top with cheese. 

4

Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and lightly golden brown on top. Enjoy  warm with pita chips, veggies, or whatever you choose! 

Ingredients

1 (10 oz) bagFrozen chopped spinach – defrosted and squeezed dry 1
PinchSalt & Pepper
1 tspGarlic, minced (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
1 (5 oz) canSliced water chestnuts – diced into small pieces
1/2Small onion, finely chopped
1 1/4 cupLow fat cottage cheese
1/4 cupParmesan cheese, grated
1/8 cupFeta cheese (or mozzarella)
Topping:
1/2 cupMozzerella, grated
2 tbs Parmesan cheese, grated

1 Or 1 (12 oz) bag of fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped and steamed until wilted down.

Katie's Tip!

Make this dip ahead of time before a party, and don't bake until guests are about to arrive!

Nutrition Breakdown

12 Servings (1/4 cup per serving)
57 Calories per Serving
3 g Fat
3 g Carbohydrate
1 g Fiber
1 g Sugar
6 g Protein
2 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving

9 Comments

Marcia said:

Sounds delicious. I’ll try tonight. Tks!

September 12th, 2013 — 10:49am  |  Reply

Debi Shelton said:

Hi Katie, how do you think this would work with fresh organic spinach? This sound delicious!

September 12th, 2013 — 11:41am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

That would be great! :)

September 14th, 2013 — 3:03pm  | 

Stephanie said:

Would you have to cook the fresh spinach at all first? Or just start with raw leaves?

October 14th, 2013 — 4:28pm  | 

Amy Parker said:

This dip is amazing!!! I made it for game day and noone even knew it was healhty.

September 16th, 2013 — 11:14am  |  Reply

Emily Rowe said:

OMG – made this for a dinner party on Saturday. It was super easy to make and SO delish! It was all gone by the end of the evening. (I’ll just pretend that I didn’t eat half of it and instead it was my guests…) ;-) I am wondering if I could throw it all together and then freeze for future cooking. Might just try it and see…

October 21st, 2013 — 1:40pm  |  Reply

Kaycee Strickland said:

Can you some other kind of cheese rather than cottage?? If so what? My family and I have never been huge fans of cottage cheese..

January 4th, 2014 — 4:43pm  |  Reply

Kaycee Strickland said:

use…

January 4th, 2014 — 4:47pm  | 

Dashing Dish said:

you could use ricotta or more greek yogurt…but i promise you will NEVER know the cottage cheese is in there

January 4th, 2014 — 6:00pm  | 

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