2/26/20

Spinach Dip - Low Carb and Sugar Free - Served with Parmesan Chips




When life is busy, this website gets pushed to 'low priority' since I also store my recipes on paper in my files and binders... not just on my site.

But am I cooking and baking?

Of course!

We don't eat 'out'.  I do all our cooking at home.  Yes, even on insanely overwhelming, busy days.

Tonight we are having grilled, marinated steaks and mashed cauliflower - because it is almost 'no' work to prepare and serve.  Last night we had mesquite smoked turkey sandwiches (on low carb bagels from Netrition) and spinach dip served with parmesan crisps.

And I did actually snap a quick picture on my phone as soon as the dip came out of the oven.

I posted our spinach and artichoke dip recipe back in 2007 but I'm not sure I ever posted this one even though we've made it regularly since oh, 1998 or so?  Something like that.

PLAY WITH THE INGREDIENTS AS YOU WISH.

I add more/less simply because I don't actually measure.  It's that kind of recipe.  If you don't have one of the ingredients... it really doesn't matter.  Want to add something else to it you like?  Do it!  Want to bake it instead of microwave it?  Yep.

Most of the time we do a can of unmarinated artichokes, but my husband isn't a fan of artichokes, and my artichoke loving family members weren't here last night to eat it with us so I left them out and just made 'Spinach' Dip. 

Spinach Dip
*amounts are all approximate, ingredients can be added to or left out as you wish

4 oz. cream cheese, softened in the microwave
1/2 c real mayonnaise (not miracle whip!)
1/2 c sour cream
1 1/2 t minced fresh garlic
optional:  artichoke hearts, chopped
1/2 t onion powder or add about 2 diced green onions
1/2 c fresh shredded Parmesan
1/2 c mozzarella cheese
10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed

Stir all well.  Put into your baking dish.  Heat through either by baking at 350 for 20 minutes or so, or in the microwave for about 10-12 minutes.  Serve with thick tortilla chips, or pita chips if you aren't eating low carb.  Serve as a side dish to dinner or with parmesan crisps if you are eating low carb.






*A note about Parmesan Crisps....

I have twice bought the bag of these at Sam's Club.  They are good... but very, very strong tasting.  I don't love them, and the price is a bit high, so I don't normally buy them.

There is another brand and smaller bags available at Walmart but they are almost $4 for a tiny little individual sized serving bag.  Good but so expensive I just can't do it.

Netrition sells them a little cheaper (link for Netrition - which I buy a LOT of low carb, keto and sugar free items through them and love this company.)

But my 'go to' for parmesan crisps is our local Aldi's.  They have the small bags - which are still expensive at almost $3 per bag, but it's a buck cheaper than Walmart.  AND since I don't like the original Parmsean crisp flavor, I buy them at Aldi's because I can get jalapeno, 'everything' and four cheese flavors.  The flavors aren't strong enough to actually taste them... but it does help hide or counter the strong Parmesan flavor the originals have that I find overpowering.  So... if you have an Aldi's, look for them.  If not, you CAN buy them on Amazon, but obviously, 100% cheese crackers are expensive.   (LINK:   Parmesan Crisps and Whisps)



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