Excellent question, Sue! I absolutely love recipe makeovers and spinach dip is one I worked with during my dietetic internship. You can always add more spinach and swap the high fat dairy for reduced fat or fat-free to start. I enjoy swapping out sour cream for non-fat plain Greek yogurt to boost the calcium content myself :)
More recently I tried out a recipe I found in Martha Stewart magazine that incorporates white beans as a way to trim the fat while still maintaining that creamy texture. I have found other recipes which use avocado to get the same results (yum!). Here is the recipe using white beans:
5 oz. baby spinach (if fresh, steamed and drained) (if frozen, thawed and drained)
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
15 oz can white beans, drained and rinsed
1 small shallot, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons lime zest
1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
Freshly ground pepper
- Using a food processor (or immersion blender) puree the cheese and beans until smooth.
- Add in the shallot, lime, and seasonings, and quickly blend again.
- Finally, add the spinach and mix by hand.
- Pour the mixture into a 1-qt glass baking dish and bake for about 30 minutes at 350.
Serve warm with fresh veggies or whole grain bread and enjoy!
Let me know if you find another winner as this is certainly an appetizer my extended family requires at most family events. :)
Cheers to good health and good food!