Healthy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Or in other words, please try to control yourself.

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Spinach and artichoke dip is my favorite dip of all time hands down, so you know I wouldn’t give you any recipe but the best. And guess what? This decadent appetizer is finally healthy! No one will have any idea it’s only 68 calories a serving. Pinky swear.

An order of spinach and artichoke dip from CPK? 930. Applebee’s? 1360. Chili’s? 1440!!And being the picky dipper I am, I can say that this dip is every bit as good at the restaurant versions, but for only 68 little calories. I think I’m in love.

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So I basically ate the whole batch with a spoon. It was bad. Okay just kidding it was amazing. Moral of the story? Have some chips with your dip… or not. Mwahahahaha.

Okay so let’s talk cheese. Castello. The star of this dish.

I try not to eat a lot of dairy, so when I do indulge it has to be 117% worth it. And Castello so is. Head on over to their website and drool over the amazing pictures of cheese. And then make sure to eat some (read: a lot). At least that’s what I did and it worked rather well!

The havarti is life changing. And that’s saying something from the girl who firmly believes cheese is just purified sunshine. (Plus they have an excellent light version! Score!)

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This spinach and artichoke dip is so easy it’s actually absurd…ly perfect because you need this in your life and in your mouth as soon as possible and potentially even before then.

Skinny dip time!

…erm…

Healthy spinach and artichoke dip, that is. Because it’s skinny? And it’s a dip?

Come on guys get your minds out of the gutter. I think my mom is reading this.

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You can most definitely use fresh chopped spinach and even fresh artichoke hearts if that’s your groove, but sometimes you’re just in the mood to have the frozen section of Trader Joe’s do all the work for you. I am in this mood rather often. But before you go crazy with the prep work, do keep in mind that you’ll be cooking and blending all these ingredients anyway.

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Plus it’ll work out beautifully either way. Look at this cheesy creamy dreamyness. Taste test. Do it now.

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For the crunchy topping (with yes! more cheese!), you can either use panko or almond meal for a low carb/paleo option.

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Take a big spoonful?

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Don’t mind if I do!

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S’mores Brownies

Warning: do not lick the screen.

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This is my new favorite brownie recipe. Of all time. You have this rich, chocolatey brownie layer with a wonderful buttery crust and topped with perfectly toasted marshmallows. Wowza.

And my friends, these brownies are 34 calories each. You read that right. THIRTY FOUR.

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You have to try these. How I wish I could just give you all one right now to prove the miracle of the 34 calories s’mores brownie. I know I had to eat at least three just to prove it to myself. You know, for science and whatnot.

I’m not saying I’m smarter than Steve Jobs or anything, but if I were in charge of re-inventing computers I would make it so that you can reach inside pictures of food and just take some to sample. For… science. And whatnot.

And while we’re at it I’d also make the iPhone cord about five feet longer. Friendly suggestion.

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I brought these in for my secret santa back in December, and people actually fought the poor girl for a chance to eat one and they were all gone before the class was over. I kid you not.

Solution? I just had to make more. Oh the adversity. Got to keep some around for college apps.

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I want my bed to look like this. I want to go to sleep every night on a cloud of toasted marshmallows floating on a sea of decadant brownies.

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Yes I understand that’s a terrible idea.

No I will not stop dreaming… but maybe just on another bed.

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Okay so you know those beautifully cut brownies you see in bakeries and pictures and dreams but can never get at home because cutting brownies with a knife is the biggest pain in the you know where and they always come out jagged anyway? Yeah basically the story of my life.

But I’ve found it! The secret! The secret to getting the clean cut tall dark and handsome brownies of your dreams!

Ready?

Minds, prepare to be blown.

Use a pizza cutter.

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Perfect literally every time.

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Okay I’ve probably said it before and I know I use this trick whenever I make sweets which is always but I never fail to be amazed by this. I’m embracing a childlike sense of wonder. Just go with it.

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