They say the third time’s a charm. In this case, I have to disagree.
Early this year I bought Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip and fell in love. If you’ve had it you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, you should try it. I seriously love it. But, like many store-bought products, I wasn’t convinced the actual amount of spinach and kale was anything to write home about. So, as I often do, I tried to reproduce it. I read the ingredients list and off to the store I went.
My first attempt wasn’t even close. I should have known considering I significantly reduced the sodium and completely omitted the agave (who needs the added sugar, right?) I also left out the mushroom powder and other additives and preservatives. I decided if I wanted to make it taste as good as Trader Joe’s brand, I had to suck it up and add more salt…..and a sweetener.
Better, but still missing “something.” I decided it must be the mushroom powder. Back to the store I go.
The mushroom powder didn’t do much. Did I add enough? Who knows? The dip is good, but it does not taste like the trader Joe’s brand.
At this point I was frustrated. I’d spent time and money on a product that I might make 4 times a year. But, I still feel it is important to share a low-fat kale and spinach Greek yogurt recipe. After all, it’s a much better option that the traditional spinach dip we see at so many parties. It tastes great and it’s made with the much healthier Greek yogurt. I realize however, that most people do not have the time, patience or money to be playing around with all of these ingredients- healthy or not.
After many attempts, some spices I may never use again and a bit of pride, I caved and bought some help. I am happy to report that, with the addition of Knorr vegetable dip mix, I have produced a reduced calorie, low-fat spinach and kale Greek yogurt dip that is delicious and nutritious.
It’s not an exact replication of the Trader Joe’s brand, but it is a great addition to a vegetable platter. Give this a try for your next party or keep a bowl in the refrigerator to spread on whole wheat crackers, low-fat tortilla chips or served with raw vegetables. It also makes a great condiment paired with your favorite protein (I was dipping my grilled chicken in this yesterday for dinner…delicious!)
Ingredients:1 ½ cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt 2 Tbsp. light Mayonnaise 4 cups raw spinach 4 medium, fresh Kale leaves, washed, stems removed and chopped into bite sized pieces. 2 Tbsp finely chopped green onion 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 package Knorr vegetable mix Salt and pepper to taste Cook the spinach until soft (highly recommend steaming it in the microwave) Once spinach is cooled, mix all ingredients in a bowl. Chill Serve with raw vegetables, pita chips or whole wheat cracker or flat bread.