Game Day Black Bean Dip

I can’t be the only one who is excited about Super Bowl game day food.  Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Patriots but the whole experience of foods, friends and the half-time show just adds that special element to a great game.  If some of you are still following your health-related New Year’s resolutions or would just like to add a lighter option to the menu, this satisfying dip is sure to please everyone.  It’s vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free and yet packed with protein, fiber and flavor to keep you going during those stressful moments of the game.

I like to serve these with homemade tortilla chips: just cut tortillas into triangles, lay on a cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick olive oil spray then spray the tops and sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 5-10 minutes in a 375 F degree oven.

Happy Super Bowl XLIX Everyone!


Game Day Black Bean Dip
Makes about 2 cups
1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
1/4-1/2 cup red onion, diced
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
¼ teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.  Add an additional tablespoon of olive oil or water if dip appears too thick. 
Garnish with chopped cilantro, a drizzle of olive oil, sour cream or diced tomatoes.  Serve with pita chips, veggies or homemade tortilla chips.

Nutrition Facts: (Per ¼ cup) 241 Calories, 7g Fat, 34g Carbohydrates, 12g Protein, 8g Fiber, 4mg Sodium, 811mg Potassium

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