Black Bean Spinach dip

It’s time for another What I ate Wednesday, with Jenn from Peas and Crayons!

Food: Rather than posting the usual collage, I’m going to highlight two of my favorite eats from yesterday:

Lil and I were going to make hummus, but ran out of chickpeas.  Instead, we threw together this yummy combo, with black beans, tahini, lemon and salsa. And since we love adding spinach to our smoothies, why not throw it in our dip as well?

Black Bean Spinach Dip

  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1/4 c. prepared salsa
  • 1 Tbsp tahini
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 c. frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • dash of salt

Mix all ingredients in a food processor.  Serve with fresh veggies or pita.

We had our veggies and dip with Honey-Ginger Salmon, couscous and corn on the cob for dinner.  In the cooking process, I discovered a kitchen job for 2.5 year olds that is actually useful.

She can husk the corn one piece at a time, so this kept her busy for a solid ten minutes.

After dinner, she and daddy biked over to the Farmer’s market and I felt the need to re-visit these yummy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Kashi bars.

This time, instead of melting chocolate, I mixed up a quick “icing” from cocoa powder, honey almond butter and almond milk.

I also re-wrote the original recipe, as the amounts listed were only accurate if none of the batter is eaten, and that’s nearly impossible.

Fitness:  Late Monday night I offered to sub yesterday’s 6:30am spin class for a sick instructor.  I am not a morning person, and woke up every hour for much of the night afraid I would oversleep. I was wide awake by 5am.  Although I’m sleepy now, I’ll admit it was nice to get a workout in first thing in the morning.

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63 thoughts on “Black Bean Spinach dip

  1. wow between your homemade spinach dip and bars (and everything else you post) you really are a true betty crocker. I’m hoping when I have a family of my own that it will motivate me to learn to be as creative as you are!
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  2. That dip sounds delicious! I’ve been all about the easy-to-pack and go meals lately since we seem to be picnicking for lunches and dinners outside so often! And I don’t even need to mention how good those bars look.
    I love that you have your little kitchen helper shucking corn! So cute. And she looks like she is working so hard at it!
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  3. Okay, one I am trying the black bean spinach dip tomorrow, 2ndly, you are a genius- corn husking, just brilliant. And third, I love working out in the morning. It is my favorite!!! Oh and your kasha bars are my all time yummy favorite!!
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  4. Both of those recipes look yummy! I especially like the frosting on the bars – I think I might start with that – seems very doable and easy to eat;-) I wish I had more time to create things, but most days it seems like I barely get dinner on the table! So I will enjoy reading about your delish concoctions!!:)

    • I have no idea how you even get dinner on the table with three little ones and balancing your running, etc. Yes- the frosting is a good place to start. 🙂 I’m not sure of exact measurements, but something like 2-3 tbsp pb, 1-2 tbsp agave nectar or sweetener, 1 tbsp cocoa powder, and a dash of milk to get the consistency you want. Mine was a “dark” chocolate icing, you could also make it sweeter.
      Laura recently posted..Black Bean Spinach dip and a Larabar winnerMy Profile

  5. Mine like shucking corn too. Which means I have a lot of cornsilk to sweep after. 🙂 Actually, my daughter is finally setting the table, which is all kinds of helpful. It only took 6 years… My little guy helps us out by staying out of the kitchen.

    I’m a morning person for sure. Married to a night owl. And raising two morning person munchkins.
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  6. The dip sounds good, I love adding spinach to things 🙂 I used to be a night owl when I worked weird shifts but now that I work days and since O was born I love getting up early to have me time.
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  7. as usual, awesome food ideas! and I LOVE how little L helps! i always think of things willa can do (someday) – like shelling peas or removing herbs from their stems. right now i just have her bang spatulas on pots and pans or plastic bowls while i cook 😉

    and i just had to make the kashi bars again! those are the best. just wondering what peanut butter you use to get them to stay together. for some reason, my pb is kind of gooey and doesn’t hold so well. maybe it’s the weather..
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    • Hmm, I think I’ve used both creamy and a natural (thicker) pb, but it does take some muscles with the thicker stuff. I find it really helps to smash it into the pan (using some wax paper on your hand) and then it’s much more likely to stay together after frozen.
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  8. those bars and the dip are must-trys for me! looks yummy and so nutritious! Mmmmm!

    i’m going to read your previous post about your fall race schedule, might try to attempt a great, fall race too! been so hot lately, I’ve lacked running motivation, sad but true.

    • I’m seriously lacking motivation too, and actually decided to take a 2 week break anyway because of some weird calf/shin muscle. Let me know if you sign up for any of the same fall races and hopefully we could finally meet up!
      Laura recently posted..Treadmill Interval WorkoutsMy Profile

  9. That dip sounds lovely 🙂
    I am much more of a morning person- I am wide awake as soon as I wake up, and much prefer to do things in the morning and relax in the evenings.
    Also those bars look amazing 🙂
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  10. That dip looks great! I do the same thing, take whatever bean I have handy and mix with some lemon and tahini and olive oil (and dill or cilantro etc) and voila! I usually end up eating the equivalent of a cup of beans though! It’s hard to stop!
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