Sunday, August 3, 2014

Kickin' White Bean Dip

I like food that is well-seasoned.    It doesn't have to be hot.   It doesn't have to be spicy.   It just needs to have taste.   There is nothing sadder than a big bowl of bland.   

When you make your own food, you have complete control: nutritional content, dietary restrictions, flavor, portion size.    So why not kick it up a notch?   

I just got back from a morning sail / reef clean up project and needed a snack to get me back on track after a morning in the sun.    And this is what I wanted!

What You Need

1 (15oz) can of cannellini beans, rinsed
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce, I used low sodium
2 tablespoons hot sauce, your choice
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground garlic (from a jar - or you can use a clove of garlic)
1/2 teaspoon curry powder, I love to use Penzys hot curry powder
1/4 cup of water
1 tablespoon lime juice

Remember:  you can always add more spice - you can start off using less hot sauce and curry powder if you'd like.    And maybe?  You'll want to add more.  

You'll also need something to dip;  pita bread, crackers, vegetables are all good.

What You Do

Every time I make hummus (or a cousin of  hummus, like this dip), I'm reminded how easy and cheap it is to make my own instead of paying $3-5 for a small tub of commercially made hummus at the store.   You just need a blender or a food processor to make it.    

For this dip,  you're going to throw everything in the food processor.    Process until smooth. 

That's it.   Mere minutes after you opened the can of beans, you're sitting down with a bowl of kickin' dip.  

By the way, I'm celebrating my nine month "Maui-versary" today.   If you're interested in what life is like in Maui, check out this post over on Traveler for Good:  Answering the Question "Are you happy that you moved to Hawaii?"

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