How much do you spend on store bought hummus and other easy-to-grab dips? When I’m looking for simple, healthy snack ideas I can easily spend $5 every time I walk past that deli cooler.
What is ridiculous is that for less than $2 and about 15 minutes I can make a triple size container of my own at home!
Since I didn’t have tahini in my cupboard and didn’t want to put out the cash for it I decided against hummus and opted for something equally as delicious and creamy…White Bean Dip. The nice thing about white beans is they generally have a creamier consistency and they don’t have those silly skins that need removing like chick peas do (not that I ever remove them because I’m lazy…but I’m also always disappointed in the smoothness of my hummus).
And since the beans lend themselves to pretty much any added flavour it was a simple decision to forego the plain version and opt for something much more exciting. We all know I’m recently obsessed with roasted garlic!
Tip: Since this recipe calls for olive oil I decided to use a little extra while roasting my garlic and added some fresh rosemary to the dish too. When the garlic was ready I simply strained the olive oil and let it cool for use in the dip.
Roasted Garlic White Bean Dip
inspired by Giada De Laurentiis
yields about 2.5 cups
- 1 can (540ml) white beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 head roasted garlic, cloves squeezed from skins
- juice and zest of 1 lemon
- 1/8 cup olive oil (use extra to roast garlic, strain and use)
- 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley
- salt and pepper
- water for thinning
- (optional: Greek yogurt)
- In a food processor or good blender puree together beans, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and parmesan. If mixture is too thick for blending add water one tablespoon at a time to loosen it up.
- When desired consistency is reached add salt, pepper, lemon zest and parsley and pulse a few times just to chop parsley and incorporate. Taste and re-season if desired.
- If adding Greek yogurt, move dip to a mixing bowl and fold in yogurt using a spatula.
According to MyFitnessPal 8 servings (about 1/3 cup) work out to approximately 115 calories per serving. yay!
Serve with your favourite crackers, pita crisps, veggie sticks or bread chunks. I found these hearty sea salt & sesame rice crackers that worked perfectly for scooping and shovelling the dip directly into my face. Or how genius I am to make yam chips and use those?!
For something fun and extra tasty try adding additional ingredients. I oven roasted a tomato to stir into half my batch…
Other Optional Add-ins: wilted spinach, red pepper, caramelized onions, chopped black olives, pesto, chili flakes...and on and on and on. :)
See how cheap and easy this is? Now get to it!