Appetizers & Meals

Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe
Get out the party platter and pita wedges! See how to make a more nutritious version of this ultra-popular appetizer.


16 servings


● 1 8-fl-oz bottle Vanilla Ensure® Enlive®,* chilled
● 1 16-oz pkg chopped frozen spinach, thawed
● 1 9-oz pkg frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
● 2 8-oz pkgs of 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
● ¼ tsp salt
● ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
● ¼ cup plain bread crumbs
● 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
● 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
● ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 350º F. Lightly mist a shallow, ovenproof dish with nonstick vegetable oil spray. Place spinach in a microwave-safe container. Microwave the spinach on high for 1 to 2 minutes. Allow spinach to cool for several minutes. Place cooled spinach on several layers of paper towels or a clean cotton towel and squeeze out the water. Transfer spinach to a cutting board and chop finely. Place artichokes on several layers of paper towels or a clean cotton towel and squeeze out the water. Transfer artichoke pieces to a cutting board and chop coarsely. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, salt, Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, vinegar, garlic powder, and pepper, and mix on medium speed until smooth. Reduce the speed to low and slowly pour in Ensure Enlive Shake. Add spinach and artichokes and fold in by hand. Spoon mixture into the prepared pan, cover with parchment paper and then a piece of aluminum foil, and bake for 40 minutes. To save a frozen portion before baking, see the instructions for freezing below. Serve warm with toasted pita chips or raw vegetables, such as zucchini sticks, red pepper strips (cut 1 ½ inches wide), and broccoli.

Freezing Instructions

Prepare the dip, following steps 1 through 11 as noted above. Do not bake before freezing. Divide the dip into desired portions (we recommend ½ cup) and freeze in airtight containers. To bake and serve, defrost the dip overnight in the refrigerator. Place the defrosted portion in a baking dish and bake for 17 to 20 minutes at 350ºF (or until warm and bubbly).

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size Approximately ¼ C (92g)
Calories 115 Calories from Fat 50
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Total Fat 6g 9%
Trans Fat 0g 0%
Total Carb. 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 10%
Sugars 3g
Cholesterol 15mg 6%
Protein 6g 12%
Sodium 235mg 10%
Potassium 259mg 7%
Vitamin A 71%
Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 14%
Iron 6%
* This recipe can be prepared with any variety of Ensure®. Nutrition information will vary with product used.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet.

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