I usually love to cook, but there are times in life when I’m barely able to get through my own to-do list, not to mention putting together something creative to bring to a potluck, parent gathering or another social event.
One of the best “please everyone” dishes you can bring to a social gathering is a dip. You can pair it with all kinds of yummy “crunchy carriers” to please everyone: chips, gluten-free crackers, seed crackers, pretzel sticks, carrot sticks, celery… you see the spectrum? From the “super healthy” (read: seed crackers) to the “working on eating healthier, or not” (read: pretzel sticks).
In any case, your dip can be moderately healthy*, tasty and easy.
*I adapted this recipe from a cookbook and significantly reduced the amount of fat. It is still a very heavy dish, however! Make it on a day when you’ve been particularly active.
– 1 10oz package of frozen spinach (I used Cascadian Farms brand)
– 1/2 jar salsa (your favorite brand; I use a fresh organic brand from my local grocer)
– 4 oz cream cheese (organic if you can)
– 1/2 cup half and half (organic if you can)
Combine ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on high for 2 hours.
Optional: When it is done cooking, remove slow cooker lid and sprinkle ½ bag (about 4oz) of Mexican blend cheese. Replace lid until cheese is melted.
Transfer to your pretty party platter (with your crunchy carriers) and you are ready to go!
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