Avocado, Black Bean, and Vegetable Dip
I found myself in a bit of a quandry this past weekend. It’s a well-known fact how much B and I love guacamole. We would honestly eat it a few times a week if we could…but avocados definitely aren’t local to upstate NY, and I feel these little pangs of guilt every time I buy a big bunch at the store. So it’s our occasional treat – and I had a big craving for it this past weekend, which probably was related to the fact that we had 5 big, plump, dark and ripe Hass avocados sitting in a bowl on our windowsill, beckoning to me. I figured I’d make guacamole for lunch, and after digging around a bit in my pantry, I found some other things to add to it to boost the nutrition level (though the original dip is, in moderation, quite a healthy thing.) So into my base recipe with avocados, tomatoes, scallions, garlic and lime went a can of drained black beans (good fiber!), a diced red bell pepper (vitamin C!), a handful of cooked & cooled frozen corn, and a big handful of chopped cilantro. It was a pretty big bowl of dip, and instead of devouring a bag of tortilla chips with it, I tried a recipe for homemade olive oil whole wheat crackers from 101cookbooks.com (they were a big hit, and so easy to make — definitely check out the recipe!) I made a few different kinds to go with the dip — some were covered with a dusting of cumin, some with a sprinkling of sesame seeds, and others with kosher salt, cracked black pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil.
So, all in all, this turned out to be a pretty healthy and tasty weekend lunch. You could throw in a diced chili pepper or two to amp up the spiciness.
3 large avocados
2 tbsp minced scallions or onion
1 small chopped tomato
juice of 2 limes
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1 can black beans (preferably organic), drained
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup frozen corn, cooked and cooled
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Peel and pit the avocados. Scoop out the flesh with a spoon and mash it with a fork in a bowl. Stir in the chopped tomato, minced scallions/onion, garlic, lime juice, salt, black beans, red pepper, corn, and cilantro. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed. Serve with tortilla chips or another favorite cracker or chip.