Lite White Bean Hummus

It may not be the most photogenic of side dishes (nor is the process particularly pretty lookin’), but the result most certainly MAKES any meal. This white bean spread/dip is just like hummus, only lighter. It’s not as dense as hummus and has a softer, more subtle taste. But, similar to hummus, it’s addictive and gone in a good 5, okay 4, hefty dives of Mr. Spoon.

What makes this version so good is the secret ingredient you can’t even taste – black olives!

White Bean Hummus

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Ingredients:

– 1 can (14.1 oz) white beans

– 1/2 tsp salt (the olives add some as well)

– 1/2 tsp pepper

– 1 tsp cumin

– juice of 1 lemon

– half handful of black olives (pitted)

– 1 tsp diced garlic

Servings: 2

Directions:

Rinse the beans and place them in a food processor.

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Add the rest of the ingredients: salt, pepper, cumin, lemon, pitted olives, and garlic.

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Process, pouring in the olive oil while it goes.

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One last jooj and all is done!

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Garnish with goat cheese or some tomatoes and parsley (for some color contrast, I should have done that in retrospect).

Spread on toasted pita, dip into with crackers, mix into a salad, or do what I do and eat it by the spoonful.

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Enjoy!

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Bon Appetit!

xo Aylin

Quick bites

I was in a hurry this evening, so in the event of an emergency hungry tummy, I did the stop, drop and roll.

I stopped to look at what I had on hand: olive tapenade, some sun-dried tomatoes soaked in olive oil, fresh tomatoes, scallions, cucumbers and greens. And I simply took the washed leaves, dropped on the goods, rolled ‘em up, and nom nom nom’ed my way to satiation. Then flew out the door.

You know you’re in Turkey when…

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…that happens. How red and juicy and sweet and amazing is that!? I am not one to bite into a tomato as if it were an apple, but this guy was unreal.

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TIMES TEN.

In other news, here is a salad using none other than the cultured red cabbage I made last week.

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Complete with tomatoes, avocado, spinach, lime salt, olive oil and lemon juice.

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Another week of noshing wrapped up.

Have a wonderful weekend Smile !

Mine involves a music festival, some researching/writing for work Sad smile, a massage Smile, and some overdue beach attire shopping Smile Smile.

xo Aylin