The merry holidays have arrived, bringing with them plenty of social engagements and delicious food. For many people, delicious often means “full of calories.” However, it doesn’t have to. With a bit of crafty cooking, you can make your favorite holiday recipes equally tasty, but with far fewer calories. Over the next few weeks, I’ll present favorite recipes and tips for “resizing” them, highlighting principles along the way that will help you manage your caloric intake, not just during the holidays, but throughout the year.
This week, we’ll begin by exploring how to tweak a popular appetizer- spinach dip. A favorite of many, this dish packs a mean 72 calories in each tablespoon. While that may not seem like a lot, remember most of us don’t stop at a tablespoon! Making a few key changes to this recipe can reduce the caloric count to 50 calories per tablespoon. While cutting down 20 calories may not seem like a big deal, keep in mind that most people probably eat about five tablespoons, which translates to at least 100 calories saved. During the holidays, those calories all add up quickly.
Conventional Spinach Dip Recipe: 1 Tablespoon serving size = 72 calories
Resized Spinach Dip Recipe: 1 Tablespoon serving size = 50 calories
“Resized” Holiday Spinach Dip
1 10-oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 package KNORR brand vegetable Soup, Dip, and Recipe Mix
3 green onions
1 8-oz. can drained, chopped water chestnuts
1 container no fat sour cream
1 cup no fat mayonnaise
Mix all ingredients together. Chill for several hours to blend flavors. Stir well. Serve with
crackers, cut up vegetables, or cubed bread. This goes nicely into a scooped out round loaf of sourdough bread with the scooped out bread being used as a dipping food.
Substituting the fat-free versions of mayonnaise and sour cream in this recipe, and virtually all recipes for that matter, will help whittle your waist without compromising the taste!