Friday, January 29, 2010

Black Bean Dip

It's been a long week, and work will continue to keep me busy well through next week, so please forgive my few words and lame post title :)


Tortilla Soup w/Guacamole & Flax Chips

Keeping in tune with using things up at home, I used a Tequila Lime Turkey Tenderloin and quite a few cans... that may or may not have made the move from Philly with me ;) (Hey, at least they were put to good use!) These goods went into Kelly's Tortilla Soup (very yummy!) and a random White Chili I probably wouldn't make again, so I didn't photograph it.

Carrot Cake Babies

As a carrot cake lover, I knew I had to try some of Katie's Carrot Cake Macaroons... however I don't have any coconut butter, so mine were made from a finely shredded carrot, unsweetened coconut, almond meal, dates and vanilla extract. I guess they ended up more like Diana's! Love these babies :) Although now I'm realizing I forgot cinnamon, walnuts, and other spices... next time!!


Gruyere Crackers

Hmm, I also made some Gruyere Crackers (made with cave-aged Gruyere instead of Parm, all white whole wheat flour, and Smart Balance sticks for butter) and Black Bean Dip to bring along with me tomorrow... it tastes better than it looks!

Black Bean Dip


Black Bean Dip


1 can black beans, drained (reserving 1T juice) and rinsed
1T reserved canning liquid
1-2T lemon/lime juice
1 clove garlic
1T chopped onion
1t chipotle/adobo sauce
pinch salt
~1/2t cumin
3-4T freshly chopped cilantro
1T olive oil

Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth! Serve with tortilla chips, veggies, or as a sandwich/wrap spread.

45 comments:

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

I have to say that the carrot cake action has me wanting carrot cake! The dip looks nice, but I am a cake n balls girl, no doubt LOL :)

moretolifethanlettuce said...

not a lame title at all, i LOVE black bean dip! yours sounds so easy and delicious

Esi said...

I completely understand your work stress. Today was a 12 hr day for me. Look at these awesome things you've made lately. Loving that dip!

Lauren said...

You've been busy making some sensational eats! I'm definitely going to make a few of these recipes :).

Erica said...

I love that you still find time to cook up incredible dishes despite your busy schedule! Those crackers look truly amazing and I'm a huge black bean dip fan. I need to make some again- fabulous with peppers

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Aww Shannon, you're awesome!!

Seve entries comin' atcha!

Diana said...

Yeah, carrot cake balls! Total deliciousness. :)

Dawn said...

wow! girl where do you find the time? and for me this was a week from hell too. did you see the wolf moon last night? I bet the skies were spectacular in boston. I want to try those crackers.

Kelly said...

I am sorry you didn't like my recipes! :(

Rosiecat said...

Yum, what a spread, Shannon! I think there was no need for that disclaimer at the start of your post ;-) The Tortilla Soup and Carrot Cake Macaroons sound fabulous.

Your line about the cans making the move with you cracked me up...I'm in the same boat, smacking myself on the head for moving so many cans from Chicago to Texas! Gah! Time to clean out the pantry!

chrystad72 said...

wow! everything looks awesome. Loving those carrot cake babies=) Im a huge fan of anything tex/mex or southwest so that tortilla soup and black bean dip is right up my alley. Thanks for an awesome recipe. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

Those babies look incredible! Will definitely have to try that recipe :)

Elina said...

Are you bringing the dip to Katie's? Sorry I missed spin this morning. I just couldn't handle the commute that early in the morning. Went to boot camp at my gym instead :D

Kelly said...

Black beans are definitely my favorite kind of beans, thanks for sharing this recipe!

Tyler said...

your black bean dip kinda looks like chocolate mousse! i'm sure its delicious :)

Lauren said...

Everything looks delicious!

Joanne said...

I love black bean dip. I bet it would be great slathered on a sweet potato.

I can't wait to make those carrot cake babies! I feel like I have been eying them forever.

Kerstin said...

I love black bean dip and yours looks great! And I really want to try those gruyere crackers - they look super addicting!

biz319 said...

Those crackers look AMAZING! Great job and I'll be make that black bean dip just for me - no one else in my family likes black beans! :(

Maria said...

I have got to make that dip! Looks great! I hope you got some R and R this weekend!

MichellePC said...

That black bean dip looks and sounds awesome! My BF's a vegetarian, so I'm always looking for new recipes like that - thanks!

Cinnamon-Girl♥ said...

You've been making plenty of delicious eats! Love those carrot cake balls and your bean dip.

Sophie @ yumventures said...

Gruyere cheese is my absolute favorite -- those crackers look awesome!

sophia said...

Mmm...loving the black bean dip, it would make a marvelous spread for sandwiches.
But!! That grueyere crackers look PERFECT!!! I've tried making crackers before...those are hard! I'm so impressed!

Emily said...

Lots of good stuff! You're awesome. I really like the looks of those carrot cake macaroons.

Bridget said...

I'm loving every single thing you made!! That soup + dip and homemade crackers sounds like a perfect lunch :) WIth a carrot cake ball for dessert of course.

Kelly said...

Those crackers look fantastic. I may have to bug you for the recipe. I'm planning on making your bacon toffee cookies next week for our work bake sale. I've actually been brining my own bacon in anticipation so hopefully it'll do the cookies justice.

5 Star Foodie said...

The black bean dip looks excellent and I'm totally loving the cute carrot cake macaroons!

Maris said...

This all sounds so good! Love the dip and tortilla soup.

Nicole Chow - HealthyChow.com said...

You made your own crackers?! WHOA! That is so impressive! They look perfect! And I love those carrot cake babies - just saying the name makes me smile, but looking at your pic makes me hungry! Maybe instead of a cookie swap, we should have a baby swap (HA, I didn't mean it that way). I mean we should all come up with our own version of 'babies' and swap them. It seems like the amount of recipes one can make with the 'babies' is endless. So why not?

It was great seeing this afternoon. I had a blast! I hope you had a fun Saturday night.

Jamie said...

YUM, those crackers look amazing!

Sophie @ yumventures said...

It was so nice to meet you on Saturday! We should get lunch sometime with Kerstin as well. =)

Sagan said...

I've never had black bean dip and I'm still not a HUGE fan of black beans... maybe I should try this to branch out and experience the goodness of black beans.

We Are Not Martha said...

Mmmm everything looks so good!! I need to try those gruyere crackers :) With the black bean dip, of course!

Great seeing you the other day!!

Sues

Kelly said...

Oh my gosh, I love black bean dip- but it never quite looks as good as it tastes huh?

Cate O'Malley said...

Love black bean dip - yum! Those crackers look and sound to-die-for - delish.

Stephanie said...

Carrot cake macaroons...YUM.
I think they need some cream cheese frosting though.

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Rosiecat said...

It's so quiet over here this week. I hope you are doing okay and hanging in there! Also, please remember to eat :-) I would send you refreshments if I could fit them through my computer screen. xo

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tiffany @ the garden apartment said...

I'm a big fan of black bean dip. I like the idea of using chipotle peppers in the dip instead of jalapenos (which I usuall use). Have you ever tried adding some crushed tomatoes to the mix? It's really good.

Jess said...

Actually I think the black bean dip looks like ice cream, so...yum!

Chef Fresco said...

I love bean dip too - yum! And the carrot cake babies are so cute!

biz319 said...

Wow, you must be busy! Hope all is well Shannon!

Elra said...

Your black bean dip look really delicious Shannon. Thanks for finding the time to post some recipe in between your busy schedule. Please don't get too stress okay?!

Happy Valentine's day Shannon!

Erica said...

hey girl! Yes- I always ask for my dressing on the side or they wayyy over do it. Try it again without the dressing - its so delicious!

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