Monday, April 20, 2009

so simple, so fresh, so easy.....

We have all heard the phrase that cooking should be simple, easy, and fresh. Sometimes the cleanest eats come from combining a few ingredients and barely even processing the dish by cooking. Recently, I stumbled across this article by Mark Bittman in the New York Times. He posts 101 simple glorious recipes that take under ten minutes to prepare.... simply by mixing fresh ingredients or eating raw. Inspired by this concept, I created this white been puree today. Simple, easy, storable, and can be eaten in a variety of ways. (with pita, with celery sticks, on toast, in a sandwich instead of mayo etc.)

1. drain white beans and rinse
2. chop flat leaf parsley, chillies, dill and squeeze the juice from 2 lemons
3. put all ingredients in the blender, add 1/4 olive oil, Salt and Pepper
4. blend, mix, chop, puree, (whatever you would like to make it as thick or as smooth as you like)
yummmy! and so very simple. the herbs give the dip a colour that resembles guacamole, and the bean's savoury texture mimics the avocado without the calories. feel free to substitute with other herbs, or leave out the chili. enjoy.

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