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New Atkins Recipe: Speedy Spinach Dip

Make a quick and healthy holiday party snack with this Speedy Spinach Dip recipe from The New Atkins for a New You CookbookThis healthy, fast snack tastes fresh and pleases party guests—and it’s low in carbs, too. From The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook.

Phases 1, 2, 3, 4
Zingy and fresh-tasting, this dip is super-easy—it’s made with frozen chopped spinach. Serve with crudités or Chili-Cheese Crisps.

1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1 cup regular (not low-fat) mayonnaise
1/2 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and minced
2 celery ribs, trimmed and minced
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1. Combine spinach, sour cream, mayonnaise, cucumber, celery, scallions, garlic, lemon juice, basil, salt, and cayenne in a medium bowl, stirring well.

2. Transfer to a serving dish and serve, or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

PER SERVING:
Net Carbs: 2 grams
Total Carbs: 3 grams
Fiber: 1 gram
Protein: 2 grams
Fat: 10 grams
Calories: 110

Makes: 12 (1/4-cup) servings

Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Defrosting Frozen Spinach
Thaw a box of frozen spinach overnight in the fridge in a pie plate. Then, snip off a corner of the box and holding it over a colander in the sink, press and twist it to squeeze out as much water as possible.

Variation: Curried Spinach Dip
Phases 1, 2, 3, 4
Prepare Spinach Dip as above, adding in 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder and 1 teaspoon ground cumin.

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