I will admit I am not the best about eating a balanced lunch.  I tend to eat random snack foods until I feel full.  Usually my lunch consists of fruit, some cheese, and a granola bar or yogurt.  While healthy, it’s not the most exciting meal so I was looking for something different this week.  This dip turned out to be a nice change to my usual routine.  Still healthy but very tasty and filling.

The recipe is very simple and easy.  Also, it yields a LOT of dip.  Next time I will probably only make a half-batch, but this time I will give half to my family.  It was easy to adjust the seasoning to suit my taste.  I think I added quite a bit more roasted red pepper flakes to give it more of a kick.  Delicious!

Roasted Red Pepper and White Bean Dip

Ingredients:

2 cups dry white beans, such as cannellini or Great Northern

5 cups water

5 tbsp. chopped basil

¾ cup sweet marinated roasted red peppers

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic

½ tsp. salt

ground black pepper

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

¼ tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. sugar

 

Directions:

Place beans in a large bowl.  Add water and soak for 6-8 hours.  In a large pot of water, bring the beans to a boil.  Turn the heat down and allow to simmer 45 minutes or until the beans are tender.  Remove from heat and drain.

 

Add the cooked beans to the bowl of a food processor.  Add all remaining ingredients and process until smooth.  Taste mixture and adjust seasonings as desired.

Source: adapted from Kirby Von Scrumptious

  • themilkmanswife

    Yum! This looks fantastic! I’m a lunchtime snacker too. I will be trying this for sure!

  • I’m not much of a red pepper fan, but I would definitely give this a try! Looks great :)

  • Looks and sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to try it.

  • This sounds so delicious. I’m definitely going to have to make this.

  • Cathy C

    This is a great alternative to Hummus, which I love so I know this too will be a keeper.

    Cheers
    Cathy
    http://www.wheremydamnanswer.com

  • I love dips like this one. I’m bookmarking it so I won’t forget it next time I want to try a new appy!

  • That looks so darn tasty. I eat so much hummus and kind of get tired of it. I will try this dip out for sure.

  • M

    I tried this, it was super! Thanks for posting!!!!

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