Archive for May, 2013

Black bean pate (my own version this time) or…Brown foods need love too.

In my language, Brown food is chocolate. Brown food (chocolate) can be green, or beige, without actually being green-coloured, or beige-coloured. See this post for more details.

This dip is in fact, green, while at the same time being brown-coloured,  not to be confused with Brown Food.

Are you with me? Then let’s make some pate.

Dead easy, all you need is a mini chopper ,some cooked black beans, a lime, and a few store cupboard items…. You can cook a whole bag of beans in the slow cooker overnight and then drain them, and freeze them in bags for recipes.

Black bean Pate- SO very yummy.

  • 1.5 cups of cooked black beans
  • 6 sundried tomatoes, snipped up OR 2 TABLESPOONS OF TOMATO PUREE
  • 1T extra virgin olive oil (on reflection, this could be omitted for a fat-free dip, or increased for a silkier, more unctious dip)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon onion granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

Whizz until completely smooth and until the sun-drieds are fully incorporated and processed.


I enjoy this with raw veggies. Here it is featured on a Green wrap (romaine lettuce) topped with a lime and coriander broccoli salsa.

For the salsa, just chop up any raw vegetables you can find, (broccoli, red pepper, celery) with as much red onion and tomato as you have available, a droozle of EVOO (extra virgin), lime juice and plenty of chopped coriander or your choice of herbs.

I enjoyed this twice this week with two different friends, followed in one instance by some (green) Brown Food.


Delicious black bean dip


This is not my photo. (How did you know?) Neither is it my recipe. (see the pattern?) It comes from Two Peas and their Pod and I am posting it because I ate a very similar dip for lunch today, with raw vegetables, and it is absolutely DE-licious!

Black beans, whizzed with cumin, salt, smoked paprika…they also add lime juice and cilantro (coriander leaf) which in my book makes it perfect. Next time I shall add these. Mine also had some cooked quinoa whizzed in there, extra protein…although I wasn’t thinking of the protein, I was just using up endy-bits in the store cupboard.

When I have established a great recipe, I shall post it here.

Meanwhile, always remember,  grey foods need love too, and this tastes delicious.

A protein-packed healthy dips using cooked beans, a little healthy fat and herbs and spices. The opportunities for flavours are endless (just check out the hummous market!)

Invent yourself a healthy dip and feed-back. 🙂


That’s all we have time for today folks…..

Happy Thursday!



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