Guilt-Free Dipping

At last night’s “Big Game” party, I thoroughly enjoyed my friend Pat’s spinach dip, a classic made with a package of frozen spinach, a can of water chestnuts, vegetable soup mix, and something white and fattening, usually sour cream or mayo. The dip is so popular that the wholesale warehouse store, Costco, even sells it in a quart container! So should I bow to convenience and bring the ready-made version to our neighbor’s Mardi Gras party? The dietitian in me says no! By subbing thickened yogurt for sour cream or mayo, I can make an equally delicious dip with a fraction of the calories. I’ll either buy Greek-style yogurt, or make my own by putting plain lowfat or nonfat yogurt into a paper coffee filter and letting the liquid whey drain out. They’ll never know!

Spinach dip in a bread bowl








[Photo credit: awkwardindeed via Flickr]

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