A Month of Meal Makeovers in March on Pinterest … and a Celebration of National Nutrition Month … and a Recipe for Lightened Spinach-Artichoke Dip (Podcast #215)

Every March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) hosts National Nutrition Month. This year, we decided to tip our hats to the event by creating a special board on Pinterest dedicated to A Month of Meal Makeovers in March. Featured on the board are some of our toughest makeovers ever for Whoopie Pies, Chicken Cordon Bleu, and Pop Tarts, but we also showcased makeover recipes from some of our fellow registered dietitians who also spend their days dreaming up delicious and nutritious recipes for families.

Lightened Spinach-Artichoke Dip via MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen #healthy #appetizer #spinach

On this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio podcast, we talk about our Nutrition Month Pin board and share a recipe for Lightened Spinach-Artichoke Dip from Regan Miller Jones, RD from The Professional Palate. Each of us made Regan’s recipe for our family and friends and trust us when we say that it’s hard to stop eating this dip! Head on over to Regan’s blog for the recipe; it’s well worth the cyber trip.


We cooked up these Strawberry-Filled Toaster Pastries — a makeover of Pop Tarts — for our friends at Driscoll’s Berries. It was by far our most challenging makeover to date. Our Grab-and-Go Granola bars, which you’ll find in our cookbook, No Whine with Dinner, were definitely our second toughest makeover!

What follows are links to the makeover recipes we shared on our Pinterest Month of Meal Makeovers in March board:

Mediterranean Quinoa Rolls with Spinach and Mushroom by Andrea Stewart, RD

White Cheddar Jalapeño Pimento Cheese by Meme Inge, MS, RD from Living Well Kitchen

Skinny French Onion Soup by Carlene Thomas, RD from Healthfully Ever After

Rosemary Cauliflower “Steak” Parmesan by Jackie Newgent, RD

Barramundi with Lemon Sauce by Barbara Boyce, RD from Nutrition Budgeteer

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies by Anne Mauney, RD from fANNEtastic food

Better Than Chewy Bars by Alex Caspero MA, RD from Delicious Knowledge

Lightened Spinach-Artichoke Dip by Regan Jones, RD from The Professional Palate

Easy Breezy Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteaks by Mandy Rother and Beth Stark, RD from the Dietitian Duo

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Apple Cabbage Slaw by Katie Morford, MS, RD from Mom’s Kitchen Handbook

Cornmeal Crusted Fish Sticks by Serena Ball, MS, RD from Teaspoon of Spice

Quinoa & Kale Crustless Quiche by Danielle Omar, MS, RD from Food Confidence

Not Your Momma’s Tuna Salad Sandwich by Ashley Galloway MS, RD from The Fresh Beet

Italian Meatballs by Kathy Siegel, RD and Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RD from Nutrition Babes

Baked Oatmeal Squares with Dried Cherries by Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD from Teaspoon of Spice

Vegan Birthday Cake by Janel Ovrut Funk, MS, RD from Eat Well with Janel

Dark Chocolate Walnut Oatmeal Cookies by Melanie Zook, MS, RD from Fresh Start Nutrition

Tofu Veggie Burgers by Bonnie Giller, MS, RD from BRG Health Solutions

Zesty Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes by Rebecca Scritchfield MA, RD from Rebecca Thinks

Mom’s Best Ever Banana Bread by Jen Haugen, RD from Down to Earth Dietitian

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts by Elizabeth Jarrard, RD from Don’t White Sugar Coat It

We made two tweaks to Regan’s recipe: We added some lemon zest and we gave the artichokes a few whirrs in the food processor versus adding them quartered.

One response to “A Month of Meal Makeovers in March on Pinterest … and a Celebration of National Nutrition Month … and a Recipe for Lightened Spinach-Artichoke Dip (Podcast #215)”

  1. Yay! So glad you liked. I love the addition of the lemon zest… and best the “whirrs” make a great texture 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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