Artichoke, Spinach & Jalapeño Cream Cheese Dip/Spread

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Artichoke, Spinach & Jalapeño Cream Cheese Dip/Spread

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Have you ever had the Costco Artichoke & Jalapeño Dip?  If you have, your senses are probably going into over-drive because it was one of the best dips I have ever had.  My sister, Melissa, introduced it to me years ago and with her, we could eat the whole thing in one sitting (not recommended).  After looking at the food label, you would find that it was low in calories.  Although overall good, I wished it was high in protein so I would feel fuller and not inhale the entire container. That's what you will find in this delicious recipe, which is perfect for #sundayfunay shenanigans or for football parties!  

If you find yourself with leftovers, don't worry you can heat it up in the morning and then use it as a spread onto your favorite bagel in order to get your day started.  Many clients I speak to either skip breakfast or just drink coffee with a high carbohydrate, low protein option.  Breakfast should be the highest caloric intake and be high in both protein and fiber to get your morning started, keep you full longer, and then assist with keeping food cravings at bay later in the day and evening.

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Time to Prep: 15 minutes
Time to Bake: 40-45 minutes
Serves: 10

Ingredients

8-ounce cream cheese (227 grams)

1 cup fat-free Greek yogurt (240 grams)

2 cups of fat-free fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded (314 grams)

1/3 cup of shaved reduced fat parm cheese (23 grams)

1 14-oz canned artichoke, drained, cut in bite size pieces (241 grams)

3 1/2 cups of frozen spinach, thawed (284 grams)

2 cloves or 2 teaspoons of garlic, minced (5 grams)

2 stalks of or 1/2 cup green onions, chopped (22 grams)

5 pieces or 1/2 cup of canned jalapeño, minced (105 grams)

Instructions

1) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

2) In a large bowl, electronically beat the cream cheese, yogurt, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese until mixed throughout, evenly

3) Add other ingredients and then mix, evenly.

4) In a quarter-sized casserole spread dip

5) Add 1 cup of mozzarella cheese on top before baking for 40-45 minutes or until mozzarella cheese is browned

6) Serve hot with breads

7) Serve cold with fruits and vegetables

Nutrient Analysis

1 serving is about 1/4 cup
167 calories
79 calories from fat
9 grams of Total Fat (5% of daily value)
5 grams of Saturated Fat (27% of daily value)
0 grams of Trans Fat
34 milligrams of Cholesterol (11% of daily value)
451 milligrams of Sodium (20% of daily value)
8 grams of Total Carbohydrates (6% of daily value)
4 gram Dietary Fiber (14% of daily value)
3 grams of Total Sugars
0 grams of Added Sugars
16 grams of Protein
0 micrograms Vitamin D
416 milligrams of Calcium (42% of daily value)
1 milligram of Iron (1% of daily value)
261 milligrams of Potassium (6% of daily value)

The daily value above is based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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