Tuesdays are always terrific – right?
And if you are lucky enough to live in the northeast like me, this rain and extreme humidity that has made for a fabulous, high-gloss complexion for the past two days has been a fantastic added bonus……………………
Now let’s be serious for a moment.
Is any recipe with the word ‘dip’ in it ever a bad?
In my opinion, no. Are dips always the most healthy things in the world? Again, that is a big fat no.
Below is a recipe for one of my ‘go-to’ dips when I have some of my more health conscious friends over – but there is NO sacrifice made in terms of taste, I promise you that.
BLACK BEAN DIP – Don’t sell yourself short, do it.
 Magic Bullet tall cup
 Magic Bullet cross blade
[1 can] rinsed, drained black beans
[1 Tablespoon] tomato paste
[1 Tablespoon] extra virgin olive oil
 cloves of garlic, chopped
[2 teaspoons] lime juice
[1/2 teaspoon] ground cumin
[1/2 teaspoon] salt (to taste)
[1/2 teaspoon] cayenne pepper (to taste)
 green onions, chopped
[2 Tablespoons] mild green chilies, chopped
– Add all ingredients to the tall cup
– Pulse until well blended and almost all beans are broken up
– Serve with your favorite corn chips, pita chips, or for those waist watching folks, a veggie platter
– If you have had a rough day, a beer is a fantastic addition
** ADDITIONAL RECIPE – Below I have listed a recipe for BLACK BEAN BURGERS – made with your BLACK BEAN DIP –
– Take your black bean dip and add to a bowl
– Add  egg,
– [1/2 cup] of seasoned bread crumbs
– [1/2] green pepper finely chopped
– [1/2] vidalia onion finely chopped
– Shape into patties
– Spray frying pan on medium heat with non-stick cooking spray
– Add patties and cook on both sides for about 4 minutes, or until cooked all the way through
– These are delicious. No bread needed delicious. I like to top them with a couple of slices of avocado, couple tablespoons of salsa, amazingness.
You have to try everything AT LEAST once.
It’s the words I live by. And you should too. So give it a shot, and enjoy.
Happy Blending kiddos –
Xo – Lauren