I was feeling peckish after lunch the other day. I hate eating unbalanced meals. Unfortunately, all I had at home were pasta leftovers from Basta Pasta Cambridge. As much as I love that restaurant, I do wish they were more healthy - or at least balanced.
Anyway, I only allowed myself to eat half of the leftovers, since the dish was like 95% carbs.
Of course it wasn't enough food.
And I was hungry.
So I rummaged around the empty cupboard, and found a can of beans.
Beans have protein right? Wouldn't they be considered a "meat"?
In any event, I quickly whipped up this dip and was surprised how flavorful it was! The combination of garlic, lime juice, oregano, salt & pepper combined with the white beans creates a simple, flavorful dip.
These go great with homemade pita chips!
It was the perfect answer to my not-so-satisfied stomach.
Simple White Bean Dip
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2-3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup (loosely packed) fresh Italian parsley leaves (optional)
Salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Combine everything beans, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and (optionally) parsley in a food processor and pulse to desired consistency. I made mine pretty smooth - it took about a minute. Add salt, pepper, and oregano to taste.
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