Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Friday, February 3, 2012

Lightened Up Classic Spinach Dip w/ Roasted Red Peppers

I gotta tell you....I LOVE spinach dip.  Just love it.  So to have a lighter version of the classic spinach dip with all the flavor of the full fat version is priceless to me.  THIS is that dip!  Perfect for this weekend's football festivities.  And the best part?  A 1/4 cup serving comes in at 2 p+!  Amazing.

Nonfat Greek yogurt replaces the sour cream and the addition of roasted red peppers and lemon zest jazz up the flavor.  For the base I used Knorr vegetable recipe mix. You could leave out all the mix ins ( water chestnuts, roasted red peppers, green onions, lemon zest) or use just a few..but one of the secrets of making lighter fare food taste good is adding in low calorie high flavored foods such as the zest and the peppers, but it's your call.   Quick, easy and delicious.

Lightened Up Classic Spinach Dip w/Roasted Red Peppers
adapted from Knorr

Servings - about 12   Serving Size - 1/4 cup   Points Plus per Serving - 2 Points+
Calories - 70,   Total Fat - 3g,   Carb. - 6g,   Protein - 4g,   Fiber - 1g

16 oz. plain non fat Greek yogurt
1 cup light mayonnaise ( I used Hellmans)
1 package (10 oz.) frozen spinach, thawed and drained of all liquid ( I squeeze mine with my hands over a colander once it's thawed either at room temp, overnight in the fridge, or in the microwave) 
1 (8 oz.) can chopped water chestnuts
2 green onions, sliced
1/2 cup chopped roasted red pepper
1 tsp. lemon zest

1.  In a med bowl mix yogurt, mayonnaise, and Knorr Vegetable Recipe Mix.  Add in drained spinach, water chestnuts, green onions, roasted red pepper and lemon zest.  Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.  Serve with crackers or vegetables. 

Looking for more ideas for this weekend?  Here are a few suggestions:


I'm not really much of a football fan, but I am a HUGE fan of football food.  Unfortunately, so much of it can be so bad for's nice to have some diet friendly alternatives!  

Are you a football fan?  Who will you be rooting for this weekend? 


  1. I love dips! My bf loves sports and I love making the food to pair with the events :) so we sound alike in that respect!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. PATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This looks yummy. Greek yogurt is so versatile- love love love. And how addictive are those little pretzel chips?

  3. This looks very yummy! Greek yogurt is awesome and seems to make you feel so much fuller than the other kind. Thanks for the great recipe!

  4. I looove spinach dip, but NOT the calories. This looks perfect...especially with those pretzel thins. What a perfect vehicle to get the dip in with ;)

  5. This looks and sounds delicious! What a perfect dip for the game day or any day! :D

  6. That looks delicious and so easy too! I will save this recipe for when we have friends over. They love dips and chips!

  7. I love spinach dip! So nice to see a lighter version of it. I don't eat it that much because I know it's so calorie-rich.


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