Creamy Kale Spinach Artichoke Dip

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An easy go to appetizer for your next party, Creamy Kale Spinach Artichoke Dip packed with vegetables with that same great cheesy taste!

So the other day I was thinking about the old saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”

Did you ever say that as a child?

I used to say it all the time. We had these mean kids in our neighborhood growing up and whenever they would do or say something mean I would bend over and in my most annoying smartalec voice I would say “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” {just picture me sticking my tongue out as I’m saying it}

So… Have you ever thought about what it means?

I really don’t think its true, in fact I think its the complete opposite. I think words can do waaayyyyy more damage than sticks or stones.

I mean really .. think about it.

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I can remember back to freshman year of high school, which would have been 1999 for those of you wondering.. you know you were. Anyways, so picture this cute freshman girl sitting in advanced English class… thats me! 🙂

At the time we were reading through some old english novel, and doing “popcorn reading out loud” {so the teacher would call on you when it was your time to read}. The teacher had called on me to read so I started. I was doing fine then I came to one word and I couldn’t figure out how to pronounce it. Immediately the teacher just said.. “don’t even bother, you won’t get it” and called on someone else! There was another time when she had called on me to answer a question and as I answered she just cut me off.

What did I come away with from those “words?”

A Creamy Kale Spinach Artichoke Dip, your new go-to appetizer. | | #gamedayfood #vegetarian #starter

That what I had to say didn’t matter, it wasn’t important, and it probably wasn’t right. So instead I should just be silent and let someone else answer.

So much of my life I remained silent in classrooms or even in a group setting when I had something to say because of the words that that teacher spoke over me. Luckily God revealed to me that lie I was believing and now I have this blog and all I do is speak my mind. 🙂

My point… words have the power of life and death. Use them wisely.

What kind of things are you speaking over your children? What kind of things are you speaking about your friends, or family, or to better yet YOURSELF?

So the next time you hear that saying, just remember that yes sticks & stones will break your bones but words have the power to cut deep, however they can also bring life to someones soul.

A Creamy Kale Spinach Artichoke Dip, your new go-to appetizer. | | #gamedayfood #vegetarian #starter

Ok, on more of lighter note. This Kale Spinach Artichoke Dip…

You need to make it!

Basically Spinach Artichoke Dip is like America’s favorite appetizer, but this one is amped up. {did you expect anything less?} It is as creamy and delicious as the restaurant Spinach Artichoke Dip we all know and love, but has half the cheese and more vegetables including power vegetable Kale!!

This is hands down going to be one of the appetizers at our Annual Superbowl party.

A Creamy Kale Spinach Artichoke Dip, your new go-to appetizer. | | #gamedayfood #vegetarian #starter

A Creamy Kale Spinach Artichoke Dip, your new go-to appetizer. | | #gamedayfood #vegetarian #starter

Kale Spinach Artichoke Dip

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Gluten Free, Vegetarian



  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of onions, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of fresh red peppers, diced
  • 14 oz. can of artichokes, drained and finely diced
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat, add olive oil and onions. Saute until translucent and soft, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, saute for 30 seconds.
  4. Add spinach and kale. Saute for 4-6 minutes, until wilted. Add in salt and pepper. Stir and set aside.
  5. In a small saucepan, add milk.
  6. Bring to a simmer, add in cream cheese. Melt the cheese and add in dry basil and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine.
  7. In a large bowl, mix the spinach kale mixture, finely diced artichokes, red peppers, and cream cheese sauce. Toss to combine, make sure everything is coated.
  8. Spray 8×8 pan with PAM, and place spinach kale mixture in. Spread out and top with mozzarella cheese.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Dig in!
  11. {serve with gluten free tortilla chips, crackers, vegetables, or toasted bread}


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 83
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 142 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Protein: 3 g

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29 Responses
  1. I love spinach artichoke dip but never thought to add kale to the mix. Yummy!
    Can you believe I just found cans of artichoke 3 for $1 yesterday (still in date). Of course I stocked up! We love artichokes.

    Have a great Wednesday Krista!

    1. exactly!!! Just makes you think about what you say to others ya know?

      Yeah, totally a great way to sneak in kale! Wish I would have thought of it early… oh well.. i do it now. 🙂 Hope you enjoy it sweet friend!

  2. What a mean lady. Boo on her. Glad you were able to move past that. Middle school and high school is tough and when teachers act like that, it doesn’t make it any better!

    LOVE this recipe, Krista. Pinned! Have a great weekend. 🙂

    1. Agreed! Just makes you think, you can’t protect your kiddos from everything, and teachers spend the most with your kids when the are growing up. If you have a bad one, that bad one is speaking into your kids life!

      Anywho, off my soap box. 🙂 Glad you liked the dip girl, and thanks for the pin love chica!

  3. Something similar to yours made me very shy in 6th grade. While I’ve come to “manage” my shyness, it is still hard not to be. Even blogging, I can find myself being shy and other times I just go for it. Luckily food almost always breaks the silence with people. Pretty much everyone loves to talk about it. I would definitely be singing the praises of this dip. Healthy and oh so delicious.

    1. Agreed Christie, the one thing blogging has taught me is to come out of my shell! Each week its starts to get easier and easier… unless I’m at a conference!!! Eek… cuz then I’m in person not behind a computer! 🙂

      So excited that you liked dip!

  4. SO true, Krista! My husband vividly remembers his mom saying something to him when he was a kid that he still remembers to this day (and it really affected him). Words really do hurt more than anything! And this dip?? WOW. I’m going to have to make this for sure! Yum!!!

    1. I guess for me it was just so important to think about so that I am speaking life in Cason ya know… 🙂 Well I’m sure you do, your an amazing momma of 4 boys! 🙂

      So glad you liked the dip girl, its totally up your alley. 🙂

  5. I love this post, Krista! It’s so true, too. I can remember people telling me things when I was just a little kid that I still think about to this day! Unpleasant words stay with you, that’s for sure.
    And this dip?! Seriously genius! I love kale and spinach artichoke dip is the best! What a fun mash-up of flavors!

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