Thursday, October 7, 2010

When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip

Okay, soooooo, I'm a HUGE fan of black beans.  They're yummy on salads, great in soups, and they're tiny little protein-packed powerhouses.  Aside from just loving the taste, black beans are also one of those super hero health foods.  Among their many health benefits, they are:  a great source of antioxidants, high in fiber, a rich source of vitamin B6, a good source of magnesium and iron…  I mean...  Jack's beans might have produced a giant stalk but, black beans might just be about as magically nutritious as you can get in the real world.  

Black beans are yummy and good for you, and who doesn't appreciate that combo, so, I'm always looking for ways to incorporate them into my diet.

So, in honor of the mighty black bean, and because I was getting a little tired of the same ol' hummus on my chips and veggies, I came up with a dip made from these little noir nuggets, that I call Kickin' Cayenne Black Bean Dip.

This dip isn't "spicy" per se.  Rather, it just sort of hits you with the slightest hint of heat when you take a taste of this black beauty.

With basically one ingredient and a few spices from your pantry, this is super easy to make and it's a sure crowd pleaser.

Shopping List:
2 c. black beans
6 Tbl. water

From the Pantry:
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

mini food processor

Preparation:  Drain and rinse black beans.  Pour one, heaping cup of black beans into food processor with 3 tablespoons water, 1/8 tsp. cayenne, garlic salt, and black pepper.  Puree mixture until smooth (you may choose to leave yours a little chunky.  I know I do sometimes) then repeat with remaining ingredients.*

Yeah... it's that simple.  Spoon out the dip, serve with chips, pretzels, or some crudites and enjoy.

* A serving of 2 Tbl. contains about 23 calories so, enjoy a guilt free dip that's good for your insides and ain't gonna derail your goals for the outside.

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