Who doesn’t love a good dip recipe? Dips are the perfect, easy dish to bring to any football watch party, family gathering or just to keep all to yourself… no judgment. I wanted to share a recipe for Healthy Baked Spinach Dip that is a little bit lightened up, but still super delicious.
Spinach dip is one of Ethan & my favorite appetizers. Whenever we go out to eat we ALWAYS want to get some as a starter. We try to resist most of the time, mostly to save an extra $10 and so we aren’t stuffed by the time our actual meals come out. But sometimes you just gotta do it… especially when it comes with warm, toasted pita bread. Okay, I’m drooling now.
Anyway, I created this recipe a few years ago as part of a series of recipes for the “Big Game”, and it was in serious need of a makeover, so here we are.
is baked spinach dip healthy?
Not all spinach dip is created equal. Some are healthier than others, and I believe there is room for any and all spinach dips in your life. Remember: one single food can’t make you healthy, just like one single food can’t make you unhealthy. It’s what you do the majority of the time that matters most!
With that being said, I love trying to mix up recipes to make them a little bit healthier so I physically feel better after eating them, and know that I’m getting some good nutrition at the same time!
This recipe has some extra protein thanks to Greek yogurt (in place of sour cream and/or mayo) and it obviously contains spinach, so you’re getting some greens in!
what is best to dip in spinach dip?
The possibilities are endless in terms of what you can use to dip in your spinach dip. This is also a great place to get some extra nutrients!
Some ideas of foods to dip:
- Carrot or celery sticks
- Bell pepper strips
- Whole grain crackers like Wheat Thins or Triscuits
- Warm pita bread, as previously referenced
- Tortilla chips
Whatever your Spinach Dip lovin’ heart desires!
should spinach dip be cold or hot?
This is totally personal preference, but I prefer spinach dip to be served hot.
Since this recipe is baked, it will obviously be hot after cooking, but any leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator (for up to 3-4 days), and then it’s up to you whether you want to heat them up before eating again! Honestly, I don’t discriminate. I think it’s delicious either way. ; )
how do you reheat baked spinach dip?
If you do choose to reheat your spinach dip before eating, I find it easiest to just microwave small portions in a microwave safe dish for about 30 seconds, or until heated through. If you’re reheating an entire dish of spinach dip, this would be better in the oven. Reheat at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20-25 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
This Healthy Baked Spinach Dip was inspired by a fellow Registered Dietitian over at Chelsea LeBlanc RDN. Click the link to head to her site and see the original recipe!
Healthy Baked Spinach Dip
- 12 oz frozen chopped spinach thawed and drained
- 8 oz plain cream cheese softened
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 3 Tbsp traditional hummus
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper optional, if you like spicy
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Prepare a skillet with non-stick cooking spray, and saute frozen spinach over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until completely thawed. Transfer to a fine mesh strainer and press down using paper towels to drain excess liquid.
- Combine spinach, mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, Greek yogurt, hummus and spices in a large bowl. Mix well.
- Transfer spinach dip to a glass or ceramic pie dish using a spatula to spread evenly, then top with shredded Parmesan cheese.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese and edges are golden brown. (Mine was ready closer to 15 minutes, but all ovens cook a little differently, so be sure to keep an eye on it!)
- Serve hot with whole wheat crackers, pita bread and assorted veggies.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up for 3-4 days.
other healthy dips & party food ideas
If you’re looking for some additional dishes to whip up for your next football watch party, check out some of these options!
- 5-Ingredient Guacamole
- Easy Mexican Corn Dip
- Fresh Garden Salsa
- Crockpot White Chicken Chili
- Classic Margaritas On The Rocks
I hope you love this Healthy Baked Spinach Dip recipe! Be sure to pin it to your “tailgating” and “appetizer” boards on Pinterest, and share your creations on IG and tag me @wellnessforthewin!