Creamy Spinach Dip
This crowd-pleasing party dip is a creamy blend of sour cream, cream cheese, spinach, and various cheeses and served with bread for dipping.
1/2 cup Sour Cream
8 oz cream cheese, softened
10 oz frozen spinach thawed, rinsed, and drained
1 env. (1 oz.) ranch salad dressing mix
1 cup shredded Monterrey jack cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 TBSN dried minced onion
1 TBSN garlic minced
1 can (8 oz.) water chestnuts, drained, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped red pepper
1 teaspoon salt
Sourdough or Hawaiian bread for dipping
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Prep: 20 min Ready: 2 hours Serves: 4-6
1. Mix cream cheese, sour cream and ranch dressing mix in medium bowl until blended.
2. Stir in remaining ingredients. Empty into a dip bowl or bread bowl.
3. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, until chilled.
Total Fat 4.5g
Saturated Fat 2.5g
Total Carbohydrates 2g
Dietary Fibers 0g
Not all spinach dips are healthy, but you can improvise any dip recipe to make it more nutritious. A dip prepared with whole sour cream, cream cheese, mayonnaise or fatty oils may not be heart-healthy because of the fat content and high calorie count. Using a dip base of low fat or fat-free ingredients and fresh spinach gives you a nutritious spinach dip without compromising taste to serve as an appetizer or snack.
A cup of spinach has only 7 calories and no fat. It provides your dip with 167 milligrams of potassium, which helps regulate your heartbeat and almost 1 milligram of iron for transporting oxygen through the blood. Spinach contains 2,831 international units of vitamin A in a cup, which is beneficial for healthy eyes. A cup of spinach also provides almost 145 micrograms of vitamin K, providing more than a full day's recommended 90 to 120 micrograms. Your body uses vitamin K for blood clotting, and it may prevent hip fractures.
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