Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bean Dip

Something I always try to keep in the fridge - yummy creamy bean dip! It's great as a snack with fruit or veggies, on whole grain bread, with tortilla chips, etc. Plus, you don't have to stick with a strict recipe, this is one dish you can play around with. All you need is some beans, preferably soaked overnight and put on the stove to simmer for about an hour (chickpeas may take a bit longer), a couple tablespoons of tahini, the juice of one lemon (or you could try lime), a sprinkle of salt, a drizzle of olive oil, maybe a bit of water...and whatever else you'd like to add! Just blend it all up so it's nice and smooth and you're good to go.

Today I added a dash of turmeric and a dash of cinnamon, which went quite well with the flavourful pinto beans I used. Herbs, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers, spinach, various spices, etc. are just some of the possibilities waiting to be tried out. Of course, you could always stick with classic hummus. Chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, salt, olive oil, maybe a bit of garlic and you're all set! It's so quick and easy. Great for snacks AND for some fun entertaining :)

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