Slimmed Down Spinach Dip

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Last week I needed a quick and easy dish to take to a pot luck, this recipe instantly came to mind! In less than 20 minutes I had a great dip that everyone loved, the bowl was scraped clean before I could even enjoy a bite myself.

Spinach Dip is a staple at any party, but between the mayo and sour cream the calorie count is pretty high. To slim it down I swap out greek yogurt for the mayo and add some light sour cream and cream cheese to the mix. The trick is to use light sour cream instead of fat-free to keep the great flavor that everyone knows and loves. You can serve this in a sourdough bread bowl, but I find it’s great in a regular bowl with plenty of raw veggies to dip with!

Ingredients:

1 cup low-fat greek yogurt

1 cup low-fat sour cream

2 ounces light cream cheese

1 10 ounce package of frozen spinach (thawed)

1 bunch green onions

Juice from ½ a lemon

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon herbs de province (to taste)

Fresh cracked pepper

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Place all ingredients in food processor or blender. Blend until smooth, chill 30 minutes and serve. Since the ingredients are low fat the consistency may be a little thinner than other dips, refrigerating it for at least 30 minutes will help to thicken it up. If you like your dip extra thick, add an extra ounce or two of cream cheese.

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Low Fat (and Delicious) Blue Cheese Dressing

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I love blue cheese dressing, but the fat content kills me every time. Why bother eating a salad when you are eating the same amount of calories as a Big Mac? By swapping a few ingredients this dressing is tasty and tangy- it pairs great with a salad, sliced veggies or spicy buffalo wings. Just be sure to mix this really well so the blue cheese masks the greek yogurt taste!

Ingredients:

¾ cup fat free greek yogurt

4 oz blue cheese

1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1 Tablespoon skim milk (omit if you like a thicker dressing)

Fresh cracked pepper to taste

Garlic powder to taste

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In a bowl mix yogurt and blue cheese together, all the rest of the ingredients. If you like your dressing a little lumpy, you can serve it right up. I prefer to put half in the food processor to get a nice creamy texture that is perfect for dipping!

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