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Super Skinny Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip

It’s no secret I love spinach and artichoke dip. The best type of spinach and artichoke dip is one with lots of cream cheese, mayo and parmesan cheese, but obviously that isn’t too healthy. I’ve made 30 minute Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip and Spinach and Artichoke Dip Enchiladas, but I wanted to come up with a spinach and artichoke dip that was actually healthy.

Super Skinny Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip. 112 Calories and 11g protein for about a 3/4 cup serving.

The secret ingredient……?

White Beans. Cannelini or Northern, whatever white bean you have on hand will add the creaminess that spinach and artichoke dip needs without all of the added fat and calories. My can of beans had 350 calories and 24 grams of protein and no fat. Compare these nutrition stats to other dips that typically use 1/4 cup of mayonnaise which has 230 calories, but 20 grams of fat and less than one gram of protein (and that’s not counting the cream cheese and other cheeses in their recipes!)

White Beans

I am imagining this dip spread on a piece of grilled chicken for a protein-packed meal that’s not skimping on flavor. I am not a nutritionist, but according to all of the nutrition stats on the ingredient packaging, each serving (about 3/4 cup!) would be about 112 calories, 11 grams of protein and very little fat (like less than 1/2 gram).

You definitely don’t need to feel guilty about stuffing your face with this dip!

Super Skinny Spinach and Artichoke Dip

*about* 112 calories, 11g protein and >1 gram of fat (about ten 3/4 cup servings)

4 cups frozen, chopped spinach
(1) 15.5 oz. can of white beans, blended
(2) 14 oz. cans of chopped artichoke hearts
4 oz. fat free cream cheese
10 oz. Greek yogurt
1 Tbls chopped garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

  1. Blend white beans.
  2. Add everything to a slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low, about two hours until everything is melted together nicely.

Super Skinny Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip. Never feel guilty again about eating a ton of this dip!

Raspberry Lemonade Chia Drink

Lately I’ve been into superfood ingredients like chia, flax seed and quinoa. As a busy mom we have to find a balance between healthy foods and convenience that works for us. I have found that adding these “superfoods” into meals and snacks is such an easy way to bring more omega-3’s, fiber, antioxidants and protein into our family’s diet.

I’ve had the expensive store-bought Chia drinks, but these are easy enough to make at home. Chia are seeds, but when they are left to soak, they create a gel like substance. The texture might take some getting used to!

Homemade Raspberry Lemonade Chia Drink. Super easy and healthy!

Homemade Raspberry Lemonade Chia Drink

2 cups coconut water
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup raspberry juice (or 1 cup fresh raspberries, muddled or blended)
2-3 Tbls honey
4 Tbls Chia seeds

Mix all of the ingredients in a pitcher. Let sit 30 minutes until the seeds form a gel consistency. Shake or stir before serving.

Homemade Raspberry Lemonade Chia Seed Drink! Lots of Omega-3's, Fiber and Antioxidants!

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Slow Cooker Buttered Lemon & Herb Rotisserie Chicken

Everyone, especially busy moms love shortcuts when it comes to meal time. That’s probably why those grocery store rotisserie chickens are so popular. In stores near me they are around $7 for a rotisserie chicken, but I can buy a pretty large uncooked whole chicken when it’s on sale for about $3.50.

I posted how to make your own rotisserie chicken back in 2010 and it’s been one of my most-read posts. I love how so many people made it and then came back to gave their opinion. With those suggestions I think I made an even more delicious slow cooker “rotisserie chicken,” this go around.

Slow Cooker Buttered Lemon Herb Rotisserie Chicken

Some complaints about the previous recipe is the skin wasn’t crispy enough like a regular rotisserie chicken. Cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker will not produce the exact same results as a regular rotisserie, but you can get pretty darn close by doing two things (suggested by you, the readers): 1) ball up several aluminum foil balls and place them under the chicken to prevent it cooking in it’s broth 2) at the end of cooking, place the chicken under the broiler for a few minutes.

Slow Cooker Buttered Lemon Herb Rotisserie Chicken

1 whole chicken 3.5-4 lbs.
2 lemons, sliced
1 stick of butter, room temperature
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
2 Tbl. minced garlic
1 tsp onion powder
1.5 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt

1. First, chop up two sprigs of the rosemary. Combine with the butter, garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper. Mash together to create a paste.

2. Rub the chicken with the butter mixture, including beneath the skin and inside the chicken. Same thing with the lemons. Be sure to place them inside the chicken and underneath the skin.

3. Cover and cook on low 6-7 hours or on high 3.5-4.5 hours.

Slow Cooker Buttered Lemon Herb Rotisserie Chicken!