I love to cook, but I don’t always have time to prepare a gourmet meal when I get home from work before rushing off to something else. Sometimes I need something a little more practical than delicate, expensive hors d’oeuvres to bring to a party. That’s where hummus and fancy bean dip enter the picture. This isn’t your average refried beans chip dip.
With a few basic ingredients and a blender/food processor, you can whip up a batch of delicious dip in less than 5 minutes. The ingredients can vary based on what flavor you’d like it to have, and the measurements don’t have to be exact.
· 1 can of beans, drained (garbanzo/chickpeas for hummus, or kidney beans, black beans, etc.)
· A little less than ¼ cup of the bean liquid, set aside from draining
· 2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
· 2 Tbs olive oil
· 1 Tbs lemon juice
· ½ tsp salt
· ¼ tsp chili powder
· Whatever other seasonings you’d like it to have! Feel free to mix and match. I like red pepper added for a kick.
Toss it all into the blender or food processor, and blend until smooth. If you made hummus, you can sprinkle paprika and dried parsley on the finished product for an extra burst of flavor.
You can really dip anything, depending on what flavor you give the concoction, but here are some of my favorite dipping items:
· Pita bread
· Warm tortillas
· Grape tomatoes
It’s not just a dip, though. It can be used as a healthy sandwich spread, on a salad, or even as a side item in itself. Buying hummus or bean dip at the store can be expensive, but this dip adds up to about $1 per batch, and it makes a big impression on family members and guests alike!
Hannah Daniel writes for a dental care blog backed by 1Dental.com, which offers an affordable dental discount plan for individuals. She enjoys helping families save money and keeping them up to date on dental news through the blog.