This Weight Watchers slow cooker artichoke dip is amazing! One of my all time favorite dips to indulge in is artichoke dip. I love its warm, gooey, cheesy goodness. It’s always a winner when I take it to parties and it’s so easy to put together and doesn’t take a lot of time to make.
Since I’m following the Weight Watchers Freestyle program, I’ve been looking for a lightened up version of this recipe. My co-worker came through for me and gave me the recipe she has used for years. She said the blue cheese adds a special taste to it and I agree. This dip is definitely more Weight Watchers Freestyle friendly than the fat and calorie laden version I usually make and I know you’ll enjoy it!
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Now, if you’re like my best friend and my husband and are totally repulsed by blue cheese, no worries! You can easily substitute Parmesan cheese in instead of blue cheese and it doesn’t affect the points. I’ve listed more on this in the directions.
My friend makes the most amazing artichoke dip. I hadn’t tasted artichokes or artichoke dip until I was 23. Yes, 23! I didn’t know what I was missing out on!
She made the dip for a gathering we had during Christmastime. I remember being cautious trying it out for the first time, but man oh man, her dip was delicious! She uses full fat ingredients and lots of mayonnaise and cheese. Her recipe is definitely not Weight Watchers friendly.
This Weight Watchers slow cooker artichoke dip recipe is only 2 points for a 1/4 cup. For only 2 points I get my craving met! I think this dip is just as delicious if not more delicious than it’s fatty cousin.
I like to dip anything low points value in it, but my favorite is celery and carrots. Of course I like to dip big hunks of warm, fresh bread in this dip, but…not point friendly. So instead, try something like I have like different vegetables or even low fat pita chips.
Let’s be real. I could eat this with a spoon. All day long.
It’s THAT good.
I like to whip this up and then keep it in my small slow cooker all day. It’s easy access for whomever would like to nibble. My family begs me to bring this dip to gatherings, and here’s something funny…they don’t know it’s a Weight Watchers recipe!
One thing I have noticed is that if I leave it in my crock pot too long and it gets too hot, it will burn easily on the bottom. I just keep an eye on it and I turn it off for a few minutes every now and then throughout the day. The crock pot will keep it warm, but by turning it off for a little bit here and there, it helps keep it from burning.
This dip re-heats well and it’s even delicious chilled, fresh out of the refrigerator. You could use this dip for other things, such as a topping for meats or even toss it with pasta. The possibilities really are endless.
The next time I make the sun-dried tomato and artichoke tortellini, I’ll definitely substitute this dip for some of the sauce and see how it works. I’m sure it will be lovely. Let me know how you’ve used this Weight Watchers slow cooker artichoke dip and how you like it!
Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Artichoke Dip
1/2 cup green chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup crumbled blue cheese OR 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (this is my favorite cheese)
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 (15 oz) cans artichoke hearts, drained and chopped (I like bigger chunks)
1 (8 oz) package of fat-free cream cheese, softened
1 (8oz) container of reduced fat sour cream
In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, add onion and red bell pepper. Saute for 5 minutes or until softened.
Add the garlic, sauté an extra minute.
Put the onion, peppers and garlic mixture in the slow cooker.
Add in the blue cheese and the rest of the ingredients.
Stir until mixed well.
Cover and cook on low for 2 hours or until all cheese is melted. Stir occasionally.
Yield: 20 servings – 1/4 cup each
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