Skinny Dipping

I got really excited when I recently bought this book:

First: As I’ve been eating healthier this year (after a cruise/Cape Cod 2 week eating extravanganza last summer showed me that I indeed do not have the college metabolism anymore) I like the recipes are skinnier versions.

And second: These are fairly easy for me to make to still give off the appearance that I can make something in the kitchen that is not burnt.

So I had my friends come over for “happy hour” yesterday since I can’t leave the house for too long with the pup. So out came the Skinny Dips book!

The ingredients & recipe is fairly straightforward, and it tasted pretty good for being a low fat version!

So even though you won’t be so impressed with my cooking once you see how easy the recipe is, I’m sharing with you anyways! It was a nice, light summer dip that took all of 10 minutes to make.

Ingredients: (makes 2 cups)

1/2 small white onion, roughly chopped

1 clove garlic, smashed

grated zest of 1 large lemon

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (I cheated & used the prepackaged kind)

1 package (10 oz) frozen spinach, thawed & the water squeezed out

1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise

1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, preferably Parmigiano-Reggiano

1 tsp Kosher or sea salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper


In the workbowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process the onion, garlic, and lemon zest until finely minced.

Add the spinach and pulse several times until finely chopped.

Add the mayonnaise, sour cream, Parmesan, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Process just until the dip is well mixed but not pureed smooth.

Taste and adjust the seasoning. Transfer to a serving bowl & serve immediately.

{This can be prepared up to a day in advance. Cover & refrigerate. Remove 20 minutes before serving.}

Ideas for “dippers”: pita chips (my choice), crudites, crostini, baked potato chips, or seeded tortilla chips.

I got too busy entertaining that I forgot to take a photo of the finished product! This one is from the book.

2 tbsp= 56 calories (since this is a “skinny” recipe).

The book is Skinny Dips by Diane Morgan and is sold at all the regular bookstores, plus Crate & Barrel.

There are 60 recipes and I’m sure this won’t be the last you’ll hear from me about them!



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2 Responses to Skinny Dipping

  1. Thank you so much for your visit from SWW – via FF&P … loved the nail polish post; and Shakespeare’s book store was one of my fav spots on our Paris trip last year … we bought a few books and they stamped the inside with the store stamp… Ok, seriously this recipe is calling to my taste buds… Happy Friday ..HHL

  2. I am so onto this! I have recently started dropping some things out of my diet b/c my college metabolism is also no longer working! 😦

    So glad to know we can have our food and be skinny too! 🙂

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