Sunday, August 15, 2010

Clean Out Cabinets Bean Dip

Staring down a lazy Sunday and one actually in town, I did what I always do...tackle a kitchen clean out and pantry reorganization job.  After I quick trip to the grocery store this morning, I found that I was running out of room in the pantry...not a problem I often run into but it happened today. So, out with the old and in with the new.  I had cans upon cans of beans that needed to see the light of day so a quick fix was in order.  I love Southern Caviar, (Paula Deen is the southern cooking queen!) so here's today's variation on the tailgate favorite based on what I had to use:
1 can black beans
1 can garbanzo beans
1 can northern beans
1 small can Rotel with green chilis
1 medium yellow onion
1 pint sunburst tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic
10 leaves fresh basil
1 bottle of Trader Joe's Tuscan Italian Dressing
Salt and Pepper

Dice the onions and garlic, half or quarter the tomatoes and roll the basil leaves together for a chiffonade.  Drain all the beans and rinse.  All goes into one bowl, toss with the dressing and salt and pepper to taste.  I love this dip or bean salad or whatever you want to call it because it is so versatile.  Today, I enjoyed it with soy and flax seed tortilla chips but I think it's great over romaine lettuce with grilled chicken or even served bruschetta style over grilled garlic bread.  It's a great way to empty the cabinets and enjoy a protein packed snack!

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Clean Out the Cabinets Bean Dip

1 comment:

  1. I had to share that for lunch, I added turkey sausage and sliced avocado to this bean 'dip' and man, oh, man was it delicious. It made a perfect lunch portion and kept me full for the remainder of the busy day. The sausage and the beans were a perfect salty combination and the avocado added a little creamy texture to everything. Try it!!