August 31, 2011

Salsa, Black Bean Hummus, Guacamole, and Bean Dip!

These 4 recipes coming up have become my new vegetarian comfort foods!!! I love eating healthy.

This delicious Salsa serves about 3 people as a meal, or 7-10 people as an appetizer. This is a great mild, or base salsa. If you wish for something spicy, simply add spicy ingredients desired or more garlic. I prefer to eat this with Costco's Kirkland organic corn chips.

Salsa:
2 giant Tomatoes, chopped
1 thin slice of Red Onion
1 clove Garlic (minced)
7-10 stems of Parsley leaves
7-10 stems of Cilantro leaves
1/2 Lemon, juices
1/2 Lime, juices
Dash of Garlic Salt

Chop up ingredients to desired size, place in a large mixing bowl, and mix. Then You're done! Super nummy, Super healthy. Michael and I had this last night along with my Black Bean Hummus. Also, delicious with Kirkland organic corn chips.

Hummus:
1 can of Black Beans
1 clove Garlic (minced)
Dash of Garlic Salt

Drain Beans and save the juices in separate bowl and set aside. Pour beans into vita mix. Add clove of minced garlic to vita mix and a dash of Garlic Salt. Return to bowl of bean juice and add half the juices into the vita mix, and discard the rest. Blend in vita mix on variable speed going no faster than a 4 or 5. Blend until texture is like typical re-fried beans.

1 note about beans, they are interchangeable for with other beans such as Kidney Beans and Red Beans. Some are just a little blander than others. So play with it and have fun! The other day I mixed Kidney Beans, and Black Beans together and it was great.

My guacamole! This is my pride and joy, and has become a very dear friend to my heart, aka my main comfort food. ha ha. Anyway, This is my BASE guacamole.

Guacamole:
3 Avocados
7-10 stems of Parsley leaves
7-10 stems of Cilantro leaves
1/2 Lemon, juices
Dash of Garlic Salt

Put Avocados, Lemon juice, and garlic salt in Vita Mix along with already chopped Parsley and Cilantro. Blend on variable speed going no higher than a 4. Blend until desired consistency in reached. That's it! Best served with Kirkland organic corn chips from Costco!

Add these ingredients if you want to spice up your guacamole a little, it's still mild, but more interesting.

1 thin slice of Red Onion, chopped
1 clove Garlic (minced)
1/2 giant Tomato, chopped

Blend chopped onions and minced garlic in with the guacamole mixture, but not the tomatoes. Chop tomatoes and STIR into guacamole mixture after blending is done! Then you're done! Yay!

And now for the finale! And you didn't think there could be more!!!

Breann's Bean Dip:

Layer my Hummus doubled, Guacamole, then Salsa!

Here are more specific instructions: Double hummus recipe, Pour into 8x6 casserole dish, Cool in refrigerator for a few hours, covered. Then make the BASE guacamole, and layer that over hummus softly with spatula, DO NOT STIR OR MIX TOGETHER! You want the layers. Then use about half of my base salsa and layer that over the guacamole. Done!

Then you have super yummy, super healthy, vegetarian bean dip! This is a lovely appetizer for about 8-12 people. Or just a yummy meal for 3 or 4.

Testimonials:

"I think this is the best bean dip I have ever had." -Daniel Johnson

(And a personal note, he's the picky eater of the family. You can't beat that! Healthy AND delicious.)

If any of you are wondering why I've been eating so healthy lately, read The China Study, by Dr. T. Colin Campbell. Believe me, you'll start changing the way you eat too!!! ha ha. Enjoy your food and may you all be healthy!

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