Spinach dip is one of those recipes that I missed once I got into real food, because I knew there was no way I'd use those disgusting packets of vegetable soup mix that most versions called for.
Check out the label on the one I used to buy:
Wow, how many of these ingredients gross YOU out? Besides the MSG and Canola oil, there are more chemical doozies in there, too.
Try this even tastier and MUCH better-for-you version instead!
Spinach Dip – Real Foodie Version
Yield 3 cups
This is so pretty (and yummy!) served in a bread bowl -- you could use this soaked bread recipe or this sourdough bread recipe. For dippers you could use pieces of bread from the bread bowl, crackers (try these sourdough crackers) or fresh vegetables, like carrot sticks, celery, cucumber slices, peppers, etc.
- 8 ounces organic softened cream cheese or you could use this homemade yogurt cheese, too!
- 16 ounces sour cream
- Minced fresh garlic, to your taste – we like a LOT (6 cloves or more!) — you can also use 1-2 teaspoons garlic powder
- Minced 0nions or 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 bunch of fresh spinach or 1 box of frozen spinach, lightly steamed (to break down the anti-nutrients in raw spinach – read more about that here), chopped up small
- Optional: Carrots chopped small and steamed just until crisp-tender
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Mix together softened cream cheese, sour cream, garlic and onion. I use a handheld blender to get it really smooth and creamy. Then add spinach, carrots (if using) and cheddar cheese, blending well. Enjoy!
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