Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Love and Garbanzo-Black Bean Purée


We all know or have at least heard that beans are good for us. 

Garbanzo and black beans are a good source of protein, fiber, folate and magnesium. 
Black beans are also a good source of iron. 

But, to be honest, these affordable, easy and healthy little things can get kind of boring sometimes.

Yea, I said it. 

Adding beans to salads and tacos is awesome, but sometimes, I just want to try something new and improved. 

And fortunately for me and you, beans are also super versatile.

I even saw one chef on Chopped make a black bean caramel sauce. 

Today, we are making something a little more savory.

 This AWESOME purée/dip using only a few extra ingredients.


Let's also take a second to talk about cilantro.

I grew up eating a lot of this so I am used to its flavor and LOVE LOVE LOVE it, but I have been told it can be strong if you're not used to it. 

Therefore, it's important to add a little, taste and then add more if you like it.

If you just hate it, you can substitute it with another herb like basil.

It's also has antioxidant properties and is a low calorie, sodium and fat free way to add SO much flavor. 

Can't beat that!

On to the recipe...


Ingredients

1/2 can of black beans
1/2 can of garbanzo beans (AKA chickpeas)
2 cloves garlic
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1 handful fresh cilantro
1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

Now, this is an easy one.

Take all these ingredients, EXCEPT the olive oil, and put into a food processor.



Season with salt and pepper. 

Begin to purée, while slowly adding the olive oil. When you've poured about half of oil, stop the processor.

Using a spoon, press down the beans and stir. This is also a good time to taste it. If it has softened up, you can choose to not add anymore oil. 

This is will be about taste and texture preference.
If it is still a little chunky, continue to purée with the remaining oil. 

It should look a little like this.


So delicious. 

It's smooth, so flavorful and herbaceous and most importantly, so simple.

You can use this as a a healthy dip, as a spread for a sandwich or tacos, burritos, etc. 

Feel free to use only one can of either beans or you can experiment with mixing others.

Hope you enjoy it, whichever way you make it!

Until next time!

Lots of LOVE,

Eva

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