You see I was eating a lot of leafy greens until a few months ago when my CSA box and I went on a bit of a break. Our relationship was getting stale, we were not moving forward anymore and we just kept repeating the same old things (namely kale), over and over, week in and week out. The mystery and all the fun went out of it and it became a chore to use up the constant flow of giant bunches of "green leafys" in different ways. So I took a little break and spent my time with other veggies. But I am ready to try again! For now I am picking up my produce from the farmers market instead of being committed to a CSA, and my goal is to find my fondness for all things green and leafy all over again.
This week it was baby spinach that was striking my fancy and this gorgeously green Spinach and Cannellini Bean Dip from Giada. I have enjoyed Giada’s other white bean dips (like the ones here and here), and this version with vitamins A, C and K, iron, folate and maganese from the spinach, and of course all the fiber from the beans is a good healthy snack to nosh on, especially when paired with some toasted whole wheat pita chips that I adapted from another of Giada’s recipes, flavoring them with a little cumin and oregano.
Spinach and Cannellini Bean Dip
Giada De Laurentiis
(Makes 4-6 Servings)
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (6-oz) bags baby spinach
1 (15-oz) can cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil, over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add 1/2 of the spinach and cook for 2 minutes until wilted. Repeat with the remaining spinach. Let the mixture cool for a few minutes.
Place the remaining olive oil, spinach mixture, cannelloni beans, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor.
Blend until the mixture is smooth. Transfer to a small serving bowl. Serve with endive spears, crostini or pita chips
Notes/Results: Simple and tasty with a nice “green” flavor. I did add some extra lemon juice and garlic to the mix, because that’s just how I roll. ;-) I definitely recommend them for the extra flavor boost it gives the spinach and beans, as the dip is mild—not in a bad way, just mild. The balsamic adds a nice layer of flavor too--so don't leave it out and use a good one. This dip is great with veggies, or could even served pesto-style over some pasta, or used as a sandwich spread. It’s simple to make, healthy, hearty and green and I will make it again.
You can check out what the other IHCC participants are resolving to do by going to the post here, and clicking on the links.
Has the New Year inspired you to make any changes or set any goals?