By Jodee Weiland
We all know that fall is the time for football games and football parties with family and friends to watch our favorite teams win. Sometimes we lose, too, but it’s still fun to get together and cheer our team on with our friends. Another part of celebrating our team is the appetizers we eat while watching, and sometimes those appetizers are not all that good for us. We usually end up calling them a meal, in order to make up for all those extra calories. Well, I love a good bean dip, and beans are healthy. Thinking about this, I decided to make a bean dip that would both taste good and be healthy at the same time. My Garlicky Great Northern Pesto Bean Dip with Veggie Chips is both healthy and delicious!
I decided to use great northern beans as a base for my dip because of their great flavor. Also, these beans will take on the flavor of whatever you add to them, so they’re great for this purpose, but they are nutritional as well. After thinking about it, I wanted to create a garlicky basil pesto flavor, so I added fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh garlic. The best part about this dip is that it is so easy to put together, and it doesn’t come in a jar from the store. All you need is your ingredients, a food processor or blender, and you can make this delicious dip in just a few minutes. How easy is that!
Garlicky Great Northern Pesto Bean Dip with Veggie Chips
- 2 – 16 ounce cans great northern beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 cloves garlic chopped (more or less to taste)
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Drain and rinse the cans of beans. Chop your garlic cloves and fresh basil. Put the beans, garlic, basil, and olive oil in the food processor. Blend together thoroughly until smooth and creamy. Add sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Blend again briefly. Put the bean dip in a bowl and serve with all natural veggie chips.
My Garlicky Great Northern Pesto Bean Dip with Veggie Chips is both healthy and delicious! I like to serve my dip with Mediterranean Herb Veggie Chips, or any other all natural veggie chip that will complement the flavor of my dip. This way I continue to keep my appetizer on the healthy eating track. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be bland. In fact, healthy eating can have awesome flavor, and this dip is packed with flavor, especially if you like garlic. If you’re not a fan of garlic, put in less garlic or even none, if you prefer. It’s your choice. So give it a try at your next party, and enjoy!