Omega 3 White Bean Dip

by Maggie on April 11, 2012

I like bean dips because you can sneak all sorts of goodies into your food processor and end up with a protein-boost. It’s fabulous. Plus, my kids love to dip!

When I’m feeling a little lazy, it’s so easy to grab a can of beans and whip up a nutritious bean dip. It’s also really easy to use some leftover cooked beans to make a dip.

I added some hemp hearts to this bean dip recipe so I could up the amount of heart-healthy omega 3′s.  They help reduce cholesterol and lower your chances for cardiovascular disease.

Did you know that hemp contains all 10 essential amino acids, so you’ll get even more protein on your cracker!

Sometimes, with all of the food prep I do, it’s nice to have easy meals to fall back on. Add a salad, some fresh cut veggies, and you’ve got a meal.

Omega 3 White Bean Dip

1 can white beans (cannellini beans)
¼ cup hemp hearts
½ medium-sized clove of garlic, chopped
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
¼ tsp herbamare or sea salt
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp flax oil
black pepper to taste

Add beans, hemp hearts, garlic and parsley to the bowl of your food processor. Puree and add herbamare, lemon juice, flax oil, and black pepper to taste. Puree until smooth.

Serve with crackers, veggies, or in a wrap.

Yield: approximately 2 cups

Want more bean dip tips and recipe ideas? Check out Valerie’s post on The Balanced Platter.

What’s one of your easy meals?


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Shirley @ gfe April 11, 2012 at 10:57 am

Oooh, super yum, Maggie! Those hemp hearts for topping are extra special. :-) And you’re right on Valerie … she has so many awesome bean dip recipes. I saw her post and knew she’d written it right away because of her “urban” photo at the beginning. ;-)

xo,
Shirley

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Maggie April 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Hi Shirley! Yes, I love how you caught Valerie’s post because of her urban photo! Valerie’s trademark!

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Iris April 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Yum! I don’t do well with white beans, but I could make this with garbanzo beans! I love simple recipes like this!

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Maggie April 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Hey Iris :)
Yep, garbanzo beans would be awesome. You just might need more liquids. We need simplicity, right?

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Alisa April 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Looks delicious Maggie! What crackers are those? Mary’s?

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Maggie April 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Thanks Alisa! No, they look like Mary’s though. They’re my latest obsession – Beanitos. Have you tried them?

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Amber April 11, 2012 at 6:31 pm

We LOOOVE Beanitos!! :-)

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Amber April 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Maggie,

You read my mind. I’ve been craving white bean dip lately. And the few I’ve made are so…bland. This look terrific! I’m such a fan of dips. I’ll making this by week’s end for sure!

Have a great rest of your week,
–Amber

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Maggie April 12, 2012 at 8:39 am

Hi Amber – Another thing we have in common :)
Have a great week too!
I loved checking out your kitchen! Cute pics.
Maggie

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Amber April 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm

No kidding! We are starting to have a lot in common here aren’t we!

Thanks, the kitchen series was super fun. I love Wendy.

I’m going to make your dip tomorrow. Can’t wait!

Have a great weekend. :-)

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Cassidy @ Cooking Gluten (& Dairy) Free April 12, 2012 at 7:08 am

This looks great, I’m always trying to get more omega’s into our diet :) Thanks!

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Maggie April 12, 2012 at 8:33 am

Thanks Cassidy. I’m always sneaking omega 3s in too!

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Kim - Cook It Allergy Free April 12, 2012 at 10:25 am

Ahh…another one of your amazing recipes to add to my list. This would be a huge hit in my house. Loving that you added the hemp hearts. I usually sneak them in to all kinds of things. Bean dip is a perfect thing to add them to! Love it! ;)

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amber June 30, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Hi There Maggie,

Just a note to let you know I shared your awesome recipe on my monthly recipe round-up highlighting festive, healthy backyard BBQ dishes. If you get a chance, come on over and check out the other inspiring recipes!

http://www.thetastyalternative.com/2012/05/monthly-round-up-may-2012-raw-foods.html

Hugs,
–Amber

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amber June 30, 2012 at 10:51 pm
Maggie July 1, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Excellent! Thanks so much for sharing it – again :) I love your round-ups and can’t wait to check this one out. xo

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Gabby @ the veggie nook July 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I’ve been battling some skin issues and have learned that eating more omega 3s in relation to omega 6s can help, so this looks perfect! Thanks for such a delicious looking recipe :)

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