Healthier Spinach Dip

 Healthier Spinach Dip

January is here and many of us are looking for ways to be able to enjoy life but stay or get healthy and fit.  With Game Day coming up quickly you might be looking for some lighter options to serve that you and your guests will still enjoy.  It can be easier than you think to modify favourite recipes to be healthier just by making some simple and smart substitutions.

One of my favourite dips of all time is the classic cold spinach dip served with pumpernickel bread.  The classic recipe makes use of both sour cream and mayo for a creamy flavourful dip.  My version uses Cottage Cheese that gets whipped smooth for the base of the dip making this recipe low fat, low calorie and high in protein but still maintains the taste of the classic recipe.

 

Healthier Spinach Dip

Cottage Cheese is actually a really great substitute for traditional soft cheeses like Ricotta.  Try swapping out ricotta for cottage cheese in your lasagna recipe, nobody will taste the difference!  Cottage cheese is packed with protein and calcium, which makes it a great option for a lot of recipes.

Gay Lea’s Nordica Cottage Cheese is made from 100% Canadian dairy milk and just 1/2 cup provides 15g of protein that is low in fat, a great source of calcium and gluten and nut free.

 

Healthier Spinach Dip

Healthier Spinach Dip

Ingredients:

  • 750 g (3 Cups) Gay Lea Nordica  2% Cottage Cheese
  • 1 package Vegetable Dry Soup Mix
  • 10 oz (300 g.) frozen chopped spinach, cooked, cooled and squeezed dry
  • 1 can (4 oz) water chestnuts, drained and chopped finely (Optional)

 

Directions:

  1. In a blender, blend cottage cheese until smooth and creamy.
  2. Transfer cottage cheese to a large bowl and stir in the soup mix, spinach and water chestnuts.
  3. Chill 2-3 hours to thicken
  4. Serve with a round of fresh pumpernickel bread or for an even healthier appetizer serve with veggies.

 

 

Healthier Spinach Dip

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Healtheir Spinach Dip
Ingredients
  • 750 g Gay Lea Nordica 2% Cottage Cheese 3 Cups
  • 1 package Vegetable Dry Soup Mix
  • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach 300 g., cooked, cooled and squeezed dry
  • 1 can water chestnuts 4 oz, Optional, drained and chopped finely
Instructions
  1. In a blender, blend cottage cheese until smooth and creamy.
  2. Transfer cottage cheese to a large bowl and stir in the soup mix, spinach and water chestnuts.
  3. Chill 2-3 hours to thicken
  4. Serve with a round of fresh pumpernickel bread or for an even healthier appetizer serve with veggies.
Healthier Spinach Dip

What is your favourite way to cook with Cottage Cheese?

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Healthier Spinach Dip

Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

45 thoughts on “Healthier Spinach Dip

  1. Never thought about using cottage cheese in this recipe but I am sure it would be great and with it blended it would be hard to tell what it was. Will have to try it next time I make a similar recipe!

  2. I am definitely going to be trying this. I am always looking for ways to cut calories and this sounds awesome.

  3. Yum I love spinach so this would be wonderful to try out! I don’t do many dips because I just don’t like the taste, but this seems like it would be lovely!

  4. This has to be one of the easiest recipes I have seen for spinach dip, not only is it easy but sounds very good too, just don’t tell anyone what you used and your all good to go! thanks for sharing a wonderful dip!!

  5. I’ve never had spinach dip before. It sounds like it’d be lovely, especially with brown bread like you’ve presented it above.

  6. Oh so yummy!! I think I need to make this… today even. I’ve never used cottage cheese in a dip before but now that I think about it, the possibilities are endless!

  7. Oh! I think you just changed my life. I LOVE spinach dip. I want to eat it every day. But, it’s so high in calories when made the ‘right’ way. I have tried a version with light cream cheese and light sour cream. Neither we all that great. Now, cottage cheese. I love cottage cheese. I am going to have to try this out!

  8. This post sounds like it was written especially for me! I love spinach dip but generally avoid it due to its fat and calorie content. I think this is a recipe I can live with. These ingredients are going on my next grocery list! Thanks!

  9. I really like this recipe for Healthier Spinach Dip. I love Spinach Dip but would rather put cottage cheese in it to make it much more lo-fat and healthier. Thank you for this recipe. I hope it will become a favorite in our house.

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