Skinny Spicy Buffalo Shrimp Dip

I absolutely loved this dip when I made it for the Super Bowl a few weeks ago, so I’m bringing it back for March Madness! The “skinny” part is deceiving in this gooey, cheesy, rich dip that tastes especially decadent with the shrimp. With only 120 calories per 1/3 cup, you’ll save enough calories to have an extra beer in the second half of the game. You can make this dish as hot as you want by adding more or less hot sauce. So instead of snacking on buffalo chicken wings, try out this tasty dip.

Cheesy, gooey goodness. You've never guess it is healthy!

Cheesy, gooey goodness. You’d never guess it is healthy!

What you’ll need:
4 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
1/2 cup hot sauce – I used sriracha
1 tsp white wine vinegar
2 cups cooked peeled large shrimp, diced
3/4 cup reduced fat Mexican blend cheese

What you’ll need to do:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray an 8×8 baking dish, or any dish of an equivalent size.

Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, vinegar, and 1/4 cup of the cheese. Mix until smooth.

**Tip: Add the hot sauce little by little until you achieve your desired hotness.

Add the shrimp to the dip and mix. Add it to your baking dish.

Keep the chunks of shrimp bite-sized so you can scoop up a bit in every bite.

Keep the chunks of shrimp bite-sized so you can scoop up a bit in every bite.

Bake in the oven until hot, or about 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and top with the remaining cheese. Add it back to the oven for about 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Let the dip cool for a few minutes before digging in.

Bake until the cheese bubbles on top.

Bake until the cheese bubbles on top.

Serve this with carrots and celery to keep it extra skinny, but it’s also delicious with baked pita chips. If you like this dish, try my Tangy Yogurt Veggie Dip!

Enjoy!

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Super Bowl 2013: A few good recipes

The Super Bowl is only one week away and there’s a lot to look forward to. Watching football is always fun, and while neither team playing is “my” team, I’m looking forward to a good brotherly showdown. It’s also the only time I don’t fast-forward through commercials. And of course, you can’t beat football food and beer.

Over the past year I’ve written a few good football food recipes on my blog, so I wanted to bring them back and highlight some of the recipes I’ll be making for the big game.

Let’s start with my most recent football food post: Mom’s Crazy Chili. In fact, last year my group of friends had a chili cook-off for the Super Bowl. I don’t think we ended up awarding a winner, but I will say that there wasn’t a drop of my chili left by the end of the game (I admit, I ate a lot of it). Chili is great for the game watch because it’s so versatile. Put it over the top of nachos, smear it on a burger or hot dog, or even use it as a dip – I’ve even dipped potato chips in it, yum!

This one was hard to tag because you can make it as healthy as you want! As long as you have the basics, it's delicious.

You can never go wrong with chili!

Speaking of dips, I make this Simple Spinach and Artichoke Dip every year. It’s so delicious and it’s so easy! Make it ahead of time and reheat it for the game; it takes only about 10 minutes to make.

This little kick of cayenne makes this seemingly ordinary Spinach Artichoke Dip extraordinary.

This little kick of cayenne makes this seemingly ordinary Spinach Artichoke Dip extraordinary.

Of course, I couldn’t let a Super Bowl pass without a giant bowl of homemade guacamole. Try my Los Gol Inspired Guacamole for a little taste of Southern California.

The trick is to get a nice, thick tortilla chip. Those flimsy, mass-produced chips just don't cut it. Get the real deal from the Mexican section of your market.

The trick is to get a nice, thick tortilla chip. Those flimsy, mass-produced chips just don’t cut it. Get the real deal from the Mexican section of your market.

Pulled pork sandwiches are also a great entree for Super Bowl Sunday. I have a super easy 2 Ingredient, 3 Step, Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe that you can set and forget while you watch the game and enjoy at halftime.

So delicious. So easy. You really can't go wrong with this dish.

So delicious. So easy. You really can’t go wrong with this dish.

If you’re looking for super healthy alternatives to typical football food, I have those for you, too. Make the chili with ground turkey instead of beef, or use low-fat cream cheese in the spinach and artichoke dip. But you can also make turkey meatballs, which are great by themselves on a toothpick or in a lettuce wrap.

The beauty of this is that it leaves you completely satisfied without feeling heavy - if you've ever eaten a giant meatball sub you know what I'm talking about.

The beauty of this is that it leaves you completely satisfied without feeling heavy – if you’ve ever eaten a giant meatball sub you know what I’m talking about.

I also have this super healthy Tangy Yogurt Veggie Dip that’s a delicious addition to any veggie plate. Plus, you can save money by cutting up your own carrots, celery, broccoli, and tomatoes instead of buying the pre-packaged plates.

This one was inspired by my favorite health expert - Bob Harper.

This one was inspired by my favorite health expert – Bob Harper.

Munch on some Sweet Potato Chips or Kale Chips instead of feasting on a giant bag of greasy Doritos. These healthy chip alternatives will satisfy your salty, crispy craving while allowing you to indulge on more beer.

There's a reason why I always save

This may look like a heap of veggies, but with a little salt and a quick roast in the oven, these are crispy and delicious.

I’ve listed a handful of dishes that would be great for watching the big game, but feel free to browse through the rest of my recipes for other ideas. I have chowders, healthy mac n’ cheese, fajitas, steak tacos, pasta salad, and more. Enjoy!