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Roasted garlic white bean dip

Roasted garlic white bean dip

We entertained at our home yesterday, and we didn’t have a lot of time to prepare. Hubby was great and picked up groceries for me, but in the end, we only had 1.5 hours to cook for our potluck, which had fewer volunteers bringing food than we anticipated. I made an arugula salad with cucumbers, tomatoes and finely chopped fresh basil, which we then tossed with apple cider vinegar, oregano, black pepper, lemon and basil infused olive oil. I put some simple bruschetta together with crostinis made from a baguette. Then, I put together my star dish – my creamy, smoky, roasted garlic white bean dip.

White beans have the benefit of being low glycemic index, because they are rich in fiber and resistant starch. While some starch foods (such as potatoes and baked foods) get digested very quickly and elevate your body’s blood sugar, resistant starches are not digested until they pass through your small intestine, leading to slower and more steady increases in blood sugar. This has the benefit of increasing your sense of satiety, which has been shown to promote weight loss.

5-6 cloves of fresh garlic
Extra virgin olive oil
1 can of white beans
1/2 tsp oregano
Black pepper to taste
Sea salt to taste
Sprinkle of smoked paprika for garnish

How To Make:

20131016-005328.jpg1) Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and roast the whole cloves of garlic (with their skin) for approximately 30 minutes.

2) Empty the can of white beans as well as the salt and spices (except paprika) into a food processor.

3) Add peeled roasted garlic to the food processor.

4) Add olive oil to the food processor until roughly 3/4 of the beans are immersed.

5) Process until smooth, creamy and delicious.

-DS and NZ