Featured Recipes Snacks — 02 February 2017

Serve this fan- tastic warm, creamy dip at your Super Bowl Party – it’s a crowd pleaser!

By: Jodie Shield, RDN

Hey football fans!  Beer isn’t the only thing that needs to taste great and be less filling.  Get your SuperBowl party started and serve my warm, creamy spinach and artichoke dip.  I’ve lighted up this classic appetizer by using just the right blend of reduced-fat cream cheese and adding extra spinach and artichokes.  What really makes this dip a winner?  It’s so easy to make!  Simply toss everything together and bake it in the oven for thirty minutes.  To avoid high-cal penalties, make sure you serve it with the perfect chip like baked whole grain pita crisps,  falafel chips, or even celery sticks.  Some other great appetizers you’ll want to try are my Roasted Pepper and Goat Cheese Dip, Classic Hummus, Guacamole, and Black Bean Dip.  And if you’re watching the big game at your favorite sports bar, be sure to check out my tips for eating healthy pub grub.  Let the game begin! Besides the food, what’s your favorite part about the Super Bowl:  the game, the half-time show, or the commercials?

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

12 servings

Prep Time = 10 minutes

Cooking Time = 30 minutes


½ (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

¼ cup reduced-fat sour cream

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated

2 garlic cloves, crushed

½ (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Salt, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Drain spinach and squeeze dry.
  3. Combine spinach, mozzarella cheese, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, garlic, artichoke hearts, cream cheese, cayenne pepper, and salt if using, in large bowl; mix well.
  4. Spoon mixture into 1-quart baking dish.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.

Nutritional Information per Serving (1/4 cup):

97 calories, 5 grams protein, 4.5 grams carbohydrate, 6.5 grams fat, 4 grams saturated fat, 21 milligrams cholesterol, 2 grams fiber, 192 milligrams sodium



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About Author


Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N. Jodie Shield has been a consultant and spokesperson in the field of nutrition for over two decades. A former national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (1989-1995), she has worked extensively with the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and taught nutrition and medical dietetics at the University of Illinois. Currently she is a complemental faculty member of the College of Health Sciences in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at Rush University in Chicago.

(6) Readers Comments

  1. This dip looks great! Looks light, but the boys will also LOVE it! Perfect for the big game tomorrow.

    • Jodie

      Thanks Lauren! Got rave reviews when I previewed it here last night. Enjoy the Super Bowl!

  2. So amazing! Loved this!

    • Jodie

      So glad you enjoyed it! One of my favs. Did you make it as is or tweak it a bit? Sometimes I add water chestnuts.

  3. Looks super yummy AND light!! Will have to try it out at my Super Bowl Party this year!

    • Jodie

      It’s a winner!Fan-tastic!

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