Noshing – 5 Ingredient Bean Dip

I have a super easy recipe for you today–5 Ingredient Bean Dip.  It may even take less than 5 minutes to assemble.  I’ve made this using many different variations–feel free to experiment with what you have on hand.

Easy Bean Dip made with pinto beans

5 Ingredient Bean Dip
Ingredients
*1 can of beans, rinsed and drained (I recommend cannellini, pinto, or navy)
*Juice of 1 lime
*Cilantro or parsley (use enough to fit your tastes)
*1 tsp cumin
*A dash of garlic salt
*Optional – tahini or a splash of apple cider vinegar 

Process
1.  Add the beans, lime juice, cilantro, and seasonings to a food processor.
2.  Blend until smooth (add 1/2 tsp tahini or a dash of apple cider vinegar if the dip needs to be smoother or appears dry)
3.   Enjoy!

I like to keep a dish of this on-hand for veggies.  It’s oil free and low in fat (if you don’t use the tahini), tastes fresh and delicious.

Navy Bean Dip with Roasted Pepper

Friday I made another version of this dip and it may be the *best* dip/take on hummus to come out of my Cuisinart!  The trick:  roasted peppers.  I used the same base as above (navy beans) and added roasted peppers.  Wow!  Delicious.  This was a good way to use up the small sweet peppers that were starting to wilt.  I de-seeded them, sprinkled with Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute, roasted at 400 degrees for about 15 min (took them out when the skin started to blacken).  Navy beans make for a very creamy dip and the roasted peppers give this a smoky, hearty flavor.

Question:  What’s your favorite healthy dip?

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Welcome to Apples and Arteries!

Welcome to the new blog Apples and Arteries!  You can read more about me and the blog on the About page.

I’m excited to join the healthy-living blogging community.  In 2011 I did two guest posts (Recipes:  Double Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins and Summall Muffins) and now am thrilled to be building Apples and Arteries!

In a healthy almond nutshell, on the blog  you’ll see Noshing (recipes), ExerciseGrab Bag (travel, reads, recommendations, etc.), Science Club (resources, including links to studies, reports, articles on health issues) and Random Thoughts (reflections on a healthy lifestyle and odd’s and end’s). I love to tinker in the kitchen…you’ll see a variety of my own recipes and recipe links.  My Quality Assurance Guy (QAG) will also be mentioned from time to time.  He’s an expert at trying all things and giving me honest feedback.  Oh, and there’s Tucker and Kostas – our adorable labradors!  They will certainly make an appearance.  They wish they were the taste-testers!

Tucker and Kostas

Wishing you and yours a healthy and Happy New Year!  And please check back soon for recipes and more!