A healthy (21 Day Fix Approved!) version of the classic Spinach and Artichoke dip, still loaded with cheese and served with crispy chips and sweet bell peppers? Yes, please!!
When I talk to people about the 21 Day Fix, here is a question I’m often asked: “What do you eat for snacks? Can you have something other than fruit and nuts?” Yes! Fruit and nuts are great and all, but seriously, there are more ways than one to enjoy your 21 day fix and I’m always on the hunt for them!
Since I’m all about fixifying my family’s favorites, I’ll often flip through one of my recipe binders for a new idea. When I came across this one, I knew that I could give it a delicious overhaul and it could be something that I could eat EVERY DAY if I wanted to, instead of just every once in a blue moon, made with full-fat cream cheese and served with deep fried tortilla chips and a side of guilt at, say… Applebees. Curious to know the stats on a serving at Applebees? I thought so. Drumroll, please! …A whopping 980 calories and 60 grams of fat! Ugh. Now to be fair, it’s a decent size that you’ll probably share with a friend. In that case, it’s still 490 calories and 30 grams of fat. That’s a lot of fat, people, and not the good kind.
So here is my “fixified” version of Spinach and Artichoke Dip, served with pita chips and sweet bell peppers and not to toot my own horn but it’s pretty fantastic. The main component to this dip (well, besides the obvious) is cottage cheese. That’s right, lowly, unassuming cottage cheese. Lowly no more! Around here, cottage cheese is held in high esteem and here’s my not-so-secret-anymore reason why: when you blend the crap out of it, it makes a pretty awesome cream cheese swap! I can’t make this stuff up, folks.
The other GREAT thing about this recipe is that you can fully assemble it the night before – or even days before (like on your prep day, if you’re into that. You should be. Prep day is where it’s at.) So go ahead, make a few at a time, but be sure to make an extra or two. I’ve found that if anyone in my family sees me eating this, they want some for themselves and mama’s not sharing. Sorry, my lovelies!