Wow, it's October! Can we please take a moment to pause here and let that sink in. Grocery stores have their shelves full of pumpkin spiced everything and Halloween candy is everywhere. If you live in Canada thanksgiving is only a week away. I really can't believe that we are at this time of year already.
So I seriously thought about doing a nice thanksgiving recipe for you, maybe a pie or a cranberry sauce, but really I was pretty sure you didn't want to see that. We all know that I don't believe in food rules. Remember my pumpkin pasta that I posed in the middle of the summer? Following expectations isn't my strong suit, especially when it comes to menu planning. My family foregoes the traditional turkey this time of year and instead ops for Paella, so in terms of roasted turkey, I'm not your girl.
I decided that I would post a simple all purpose, all season recipe for you instead of something more traditional. This black bean dip works well well as an app if you do have a ton of people over for Thanksgiving, it's also great for when people to come over to watch the game. Personally I make it for book club, so really it works no matter the occasion especially since it is ridiculous easy and fast to make. It makes a ton of dip, but don't worry if you have leftovers because it makes a great base for black bean soup. Just add a can of diced tomatoes (including the liquid) and cook for about 20 minutes or so. The soup freezes really well, so if you pack it in individual containers it makes for a super easy packed lunch for the cooler weather.
This recipes is incredibly basic so there isn't too much to chat about in terms of substitutions. You could use canned adobo peppers instead of jalapeno if you wanted this to have a bit of smokey flavor. You could also play with the level of heat by adding some chili powder if you like things a bit spicier. If you were feeling a bit fancy chopped tomatoes would be a nice touch. Personally I find the cilantro really integral, so I wouldn't skip it. The dip will be bland and will lack freshness without it.
Simple Black Bean Dip
2 Cans Back Beans, Rinsed and Drained
1 Small Yellow Onion, Diced
0.5 Cup Cilantro, Chopped
1 TBSP Chopped Garlic
1 Jalapeno, Minced
1 Lime, Zested and Juiced
0.5 TSP Cumin
1 TSP Salt
4 TBSP Olive Oil
Put all the ingredients in a blend and blend until smooth