Disclosure: Some materials used in this post were provided to me free of charge.
Hi Friends! The holidays are quickly sneaking up on us and since I am already fretting about my extra poundage brought on by Halloween I am not quite ready to fight the cravings that Thanksgiving and Christmas tend to bring on. (Who’s with me?) But what is a girl to do? I secretly have a love obsession with good food. (Raise of hands??) So last week when Stonyfield Organic challenged me to take my most favorite holiday food and make it healthier by using yogurt I think I jumped right out of my seat. . YES! I choose to accept this mission!.
Before I get to my recipe re-do let me first tell you about my favorite holiday food and why I love it so. It all started with my mom. My mother loves appetizers. For some reason she always makes an over abundance of appetizers at our family holidays that we are usually too stuffed to actually eat the main course that she prepares. We all normally just have to take our dinners home with us in boxes at the end of the night untouched. So from a young child to this day whenever I think of Thanksgiving I think about my mothers spinach dip. Mmm. To serve it she would always hallow out a loaf of pumpernickel bread and fill it to the top with dip. It was normally the first thing she set out on the table and geesh, I really could never get enough. To this day whenever I go to the grocery store and see freshly made spinach dip in the deli I buy it. . and I eat the entire container myself. Oh yes! How’s that for making your pants no longer button!! <–trust me, I know.
Luckily, I now have a solution to my holiday obsession. When I was asked to remake my favorite holiday food I chose my beloved spinach dip, which was actually easier to substitute than I thought. Take a look at this chart. This will show you all of the acceptable substitutions available to help make your favorite holiday food better.
|Charts provided by Stonyfield and used with their permission.|
So here is how I gave my favorite holiday food a make over.
3 Containers Stonyfield Greek Plain Yogurt
1 Package Fresh Organic Spinach
1/4 c. Chopped Fresh White Onion
2 Cloves of Minced Garlic
1 tsp. Butter
1 pk. Ranch Dressing Dry Mix
3/4 tsp. Basil
1/2 tsp. Oregano
Begin by browning your garlic in butter in a skillet over med-high heat. Once it is slightly browned, toss in your spinach and a pinch of salt. Reduce heat to med- low and heat until wilted. Remove the spinach from the heat and cool.
Meanwhile, mix your greek yogurt, onion, dry dressing, basil and oregano into a large bowl. Once the spinach has cooled, chop it up into smaller pieces and add it to your mixture. Stir.
Place your spinach dip into the fridge to chill for at least one hour.
Serve your spinach dip with either bread or veggies and enjoy.
Now I want to know more about you! What one food would you call your favorite during the holiday season? Are you open to giving it a healthy make over? Tell us about it in the comments.
<3 Dick and Jane