My in-laws came to visit a few weeks ago. Since I don’t work Fridays, I was charged with the grocery shopping. It took FOREVER. The local supermarket has been remodeling since we moved here, so every time we go, everything’s in a different place. I got so frustrated, I just started throwing things in my cart until I had enough food to feed the Duggars on Thanksgiving.
I had some time to kill before The Husband got home from work and his parents arrived, so I got started on the spinach dip.
Light Spinach Dip
Makes 3 cups
- 12 oz lowfat cottage cheese
- 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
- 1/2 cup lowfat or nonfat sour cream
- 1/4 cup dry vegetable soup mix (Works out to 1/2 a packet, I used the whole thing because… what else do you do with 1/2 a packet of soup mix?)
- 2 tsp grated fresh onion (Unless you have need for the rest of the onion, feel free to substitute with dried.)
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 12 oz water chestnuts, drained and chopped
- Process cottage cheese in food processor or blender until smooth. Place in bowl and set aside.
I’m not embarrassed to admit it took me 10 minutes to figure out I had to lock the bowl of the food processor bowl before it would work.
Don’t you hate when you need X amount of something but it only comes in Y size? What do you do with 2 extra ounces of cottage cheese? You eat it. Or at least try to. While my tastes have matured and I now like foods I hated as a kid (asparagus! beets! sweet potatoes!), cottage cheese? Still nasty. Its vomit-like consistency makes me gag. Blech.
- Press spinach between paper towels until barely moist.
I wasn’t sure if I dried it enough, but it didn’t impact the consistency of the dip much.
- Add spinach and remaining to cheese mixture; stir well.
- Cover and refrigerate three hours.
The recipe says to serve with store brand Triscuits (guess where I got the recipe?), but I prefer lightly salted pita chips.
Guess how much we ate during their visit? NONE. But I ate it after they left. It was fantastic and not at all reminiscent of vomit. I’m glad I used the whole packet of vegetable dip because otherwise I think it would’ve been bland.