Garlic Spinach Dip – Serves 10

I love potluck dinners with friends because they allow me to experiment with different ingredients.  I consider myself to be a healthy cook and since it was a fairly large dinner with friends having different taste buds I decided to experiment with a neutral and all-time favorite dish…  A spinach dip but of course I had to add in some personal twists…

This dish combines my some of my favorite ingredients: spinach, tomatoes, and garlic!  I made the dish two ways; the first was with low-fat parmesan cheese and the second was sans the cheese.  I have recently begun to shy away from cheese/dairy products but that does not mean those I cook for shall suffer!  This recipe was a hit and was served as an appetizer as well as a side dish option with the main entree items.

Ingredients

  • Two 10-ounce boxes of frozen, chopped spinach
  • 3 large vine tomatoes, diced
  • 3/4 to 1 cup virgin olive oil
  • 10 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup low-fat grated parmesan cheese
  • SERVED WITH: Vegetable chips and/or raw vegetables

Methodology

  1. Defrost both boxes of frozen spinach then set aside.
  2. Prepare necessary ingredients (ie. chop the garlic cloves).
  3. Combine the olive oil and minced garlic in a large saucepan over medium-high heat – stir as necessary to prevent the garlic from burning.
  4. Add the chopped spinach to the garlic/olive oil and mix well so that all the leaves are covered.
  5. Toss the tomatoes into the saucepan and stir well.
  6. Lower the heat, and if desired, then stir in the parmesan cheese.
  7. When the mixture is heated to a desired temperature remove from heat.
  8. Serve with vegetable chips and/or raw vegetables.
  9. TIME TO RUB THY BELLY!

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Nutrient Content per serving (about 1/2 cup): 215.3 calories; 11.4 grams carbohydrate; 6.9 grams protein; 15 grams fat; 6.5 milligrams vitamin-C; 1,120.4 milligrams vitamin-A; 1.6 milligrams cholesterol; 172.8 milligams calcium; & 3.1 grams fiber

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