Super Cheesy Kale & Artichoke Dip

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It’s November 6th and I’ve already watched every single Christmas movie on the free section of our On Demand programming and have watched almost every one on HBO & Shotime. Much to my husband’s dismay, of course, because he’s a firm believer in no Christmas until after Thanksgiving. Not that he doesn’t have any holiday spirit, but he likes a little downtime between holidays and we did Halloween BIG this year.

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I get it, I love a little downtime too, but I’m really ready for the holiday season this year. I had a really hard year, full of stress, weight gain, financial burdens and more arguments with my husband than I’d like. I’m ready for a few months of happiness, a few months where you spend your time buying gifts for your loved ones, decorating your house with bright lights and festive garlands.

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Truthfully though, I’m just ready to spend some serious time with my family. I’m lucky, you know. I have the world’s best family. I know everyone says that, but I really do. Our time together is what gets me through those hard months in between. We laugh constantly, we eat & drink too much, play games and make jokes. There’s very little drama, no hateful words or snide remarks. We’re all just so happy to be together that nothing else matters.

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I need that right now.

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The best part about the holidays is the Christmas Eve party my grandma throws. My mom spends all day cooking a giant beef roast, a ham, three kinds of salads, multiple cheesy dips and bite-size little hors devours. Helping her whip the potatoes and stir the spinach artichoke dip has become one of my favorite memories. I only get to spend a few days a year with her in the kitchen, so I savor each and every second (and every single bite I sneak).

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This super cheesy kale & artichoke dip is inspired by the one she makes, but is clearly not as good. I don’t know what she puts in hers to make it taste so incredibly good. Don’t get me wrong though, this dip is amazing and it’s made with frozen kale, which I can’t get enough of. In fact, a study down by the University of California Davis and the Frozen Food Foundation found that frozen vegetables (like my beloved kale) are more often nutritionaly equal to, and sometimes better than, their fresh counterparts. Which rocks when your favorite veggies are out of season. Plus most frozen veggies are loaded with healthy vitamins and minerals like B2, C and E, plus lots of calcium, zinc, copper and dietary fiber. 

For the nearly 90% of Americans who don’t get enough vegetables in their diet, this dip is the perfect way to enjoy them this holiday season. Just ask my friend Melanie how good this dip is. She came over last Sunday and the two of us nearly polished off this dish over a Lifetime movie marathon.

Super Cheesy Kale & Artichoke Dip

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Serves about 10. Inspired by My Recipes.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 22 – 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (11 ounces) artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 block (10 ounces) frozen kale, thawed
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup low-fat Mayo
  • 1/4 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: 

  1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease an 8 x 8 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Chop the artichoke hearts. In a large bowl, mix the artichoke, spinach and onion together. Mix in the mayo, sour cream, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and 2/3 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Mx in salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  4. Bake for 22 – 25 minutes, or until cheese is melted and dip is warm.

Nutritional information per serving (about 4 tablespoons):

Calories: 95.1
Fat: 5 grams
Carbohydrates: 6.7 grams
Fiber: 2.7 grams
Protein: 6.5 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 2

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  1. Posted by Cookin Canuck on
    Thursday, November 6th, 2014
    It sounds as though you need a good dose of family and relaxation around the holidays. I hope that you're able to indulge in both. In the meantime, I want to indulge in this dip.
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Thursday, November 6th, 2014
      Thank you sweet Dara!!
  2. Posted by Bea on
    Thursday, November 6th, 2014
    Yes please for this dip all to myself. Sounds fantastic
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Thursday, November 6th, 2014
      RIGHT??!
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  3. Thursday, November 6th, 2014
    I am DROOLING over this recipe. My husband is also a firm believer that Christmas movies should wait until after Thanksgiving, so I try reeeeally hard, but the movies start immediately after we eat our late Thanksgiving lunch and do not stop until 11:59 PM on December 25th ;)
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Thursday, November 6th, 2014
      hahahaha!!!
  4. Thursday, November 6th, 2014
    Oh goodness. YES!!!
  5. Thursday, November 6th, 2014
    I could go for this right now...one of my favorites with a twist!
  6. Thursday, November 6th, 2014
    This recipe is perfect. I hope the next few months for you are easier and happier!
  7. Posted by Kim Beaulieu on
    Friday, November 7th, 2014
    That's hilarious, I need to peruse ours to see what's playing.

    I love this dip, it's so cheesy. I just want to grab a spoon and eat it like soup. ha
  8. Posted by Nikki @ NikSnacks on
    Friday, November 7th, 2014
    kale dip! I love it! ooh and it's 2 points? GET OUT. I am making this for the next party!
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  9. Posted by Rose | The Clean Dish on
    Friday, November 7th, 2014
    I can so relate to wanting Christmas to come early this year ;) 2014 was a rough year for me, too, so I look forward to some holiday magic myself! You're lucky with your family (btw, I don't know many people who seriously claim to have the best family haha!) This Kale Artichoke Dip rocks!!
  10. Posted by Marjory @ Dinner-Mom on
    Friday, November 7th, 2014
    I love the addition of kale to this dip! So creative!
  11. Friday, November 7th, 2014
    This is perfect for the holidays! Hopefully everything works out and you have some much needed R&R time this holiday season :)
  12. Thursday, November 13th, 2014
    Ahhhh! Kale instead of Spiniach.... what a cool idea to twist things around and bring a new dish to a future potluck. Thanks!
  13. Posted by Rosemary on
    Sunday, November 16th, 2014
    Your recipe say Kale in the Ingredients and then in the directions it says Spinach...I know that they are in the same family but just thought YOU should know..No worries Plan on useing KALE. Tjhanks LOve this site.