Effortless (healthy!) Snacking with a Mediterranean Chickpea Dip!
Hey there, busy, hungry people everywhere! I get it – life can be a whirlwind of tasks and responsibilities, leaving you with little time for yourself, let alone preparing elaborate snacks. But fear not! We have a delicious, flavorful, and nutritious solution for you: the Mediterranean Chickpea Dip. This is my latest spin on DIY hummus.
It’s the superhero of snacks – creamy, unique, and surprisingly inexpensive!
A Humble Blend of Goodness
Let’s talk about the star of the show – the humble chickpea, also known as garbanzo beans. These little wonders are packed with protein, fiber, and essential nutrients, making them an excellent addition to your diet. They’re like tiny superheroes, fueling your body with energy, without you even realizing it.
Now, picture this: you come home after a long day, and your body is craving something to munch on. Instead of reaching for processed snacks, imagine having a big bowl of Mediterranean Chickpea Dip and a selection of dippers ready to go.
All you need are two cans of garbanzos, some garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, parsley or basil leaves, a splash of water, and a pinch of kosher salt. Blend them all together in a food processor, but remember, a little texture is your friend – don’t blend it into oblivion. Effortless snacking has never been this delicious!
An Inexpensive Delight
Around here we know how every penny counts. This dip is a shining example of how to create something truly enjoyable without breaking the bank. A can of garbanzos won’t cost you an arm and a leg, and the other ingredients are pantry staples or easily available at your local grocery store. You can save even more by ditching the can and making your beans from scratch.
Learn how easy it is to make beans here – Dried Beans are Power Packed for Pennies
Diva Tip – Kalamata olives are significantly more expensive than black olives. I’ve made this recipe using both kinds of olives and both are delicious. But here’s a perfect example of a small amount of an expensive ingredient, used sparingly, to serve a lot of people. If you have an antipasto bar in your grocery store, purchase a small quantity (2 ounces is plents) of kalamata olives for this dip, and it’ll be appreciated by a bunch of people.
Healthy, Sneaky Veggie Feast
In this fast-paced world, finding time to eat healthy can be challenging. But this Mediterranean Chickpea Dip is here to save the day! With its abundance of chickpeas and garnishes like tomatoes and olives, you’re sneaking in veggies without even trying. Your taste buds will thank you for the creamy and exotic experience, while your body will appreciate the nourishment and goodness you’re offering it.
The Mediterranean Chickpea Dip pairs wonderfully with a variety of dippable delights, including:
You can’t go wrong with an array of fresh and colorful veggies. Try carrot sticks, cucumber slices, bell pepper strips (red, yellow, or green), cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, and radishes. The dip’s creaminess will beautifully complement the crunchiness of the veggies.
Pita bread is a classic choice for this dip. Cut it into wedges or tear it into smaller pieces for easy dipping. You can even lightly toast or warm the pita bread for an extra touch of comfort.
Whole Grain Crackers:
Opt for whole grain or multigrain crackers for a wholesome and delicious snacking experience. These crackers provide a delightful contrast to the smooth texture of the chickpea dip.
If you prefer something with a bit more zest and crunch, tortilla chips are an excellent choice. Look for baked or lightly salted options to keep it on the healthier side.
Cauliflower and Broccoli Florets:
Roasted or blanched cauliflower and broccoli florets are fantastic companions to the creamy dip. They add a nice earthy flavor and are perfect for those who enjoy a heartier dipper.
Zucchini or Eggplant Rounds:
Slice zucchini or eggplant into rounds and either roast or grill them. These slightly charred slices will be a delightful match for the Mediterranean flavors.
For an extra chickpea twist, try finding chickpea-based chips in the market. They’re a great gluten-free option and will harmonize beautifully with the chickpea dip.
Feel free to mix and match these dippers to suit your taste and preferences. The versatility of the Mediterranean Chickpea Dip ensures it complements a wide range of textures and flavors, making snack time a delightful and healthy experience.
MEDITERRANEAN CHICKPEA DIP
What You’ll Need:
2 (14.5 oz.) cans garbanzos, divided
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
½ cup parsley or basil leaves
1 tablespoon cold water
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Garnish – 1 small tomato, ¼ cup kalamata or black olives
An assortment of vegetables, breads and crackers for dipping
Drain and rinse the cans of beans, reserving ½ cup beans for garnish. Process in a food processor with additional ingredients. This dip is better when it’s not completely smooth, so leave some chunky bits. After blending and plating, garnish the dip with 1 small tomato, seeded and chopped, and ¼ cup kalamata or black olives, chopped, reserved beans and a generous drizzle of olive oil.
So, next time you’re looking for a healthy, wallet-friendly, and scrumptiously creamy snack that’s super easy to whip up, remember the Mediterranean Chickpea Dip. It’s a powerhouse of nutrition and flavor, perfect for busy people like you. You’ll be snacking smarter, and nobody will ever guess the effortless secret behind this delightful dip. So, go ahead and treat yourself – you deserve it! Happy snacking!
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MEDITERRANEAN CHICKPEA DIP
- Food processor a small one is perfect
- 2 14.5 ounce cans garbanzo beans divided
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- ½ ½ cup parsley or basil leaves
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 small tomato,
- ¼ cup ¼ cup kalamata or black olives
- An assortment of vegetables, breads and crackers for dipping
- Drain and rinse the cans of beans, reserving ½ cup beans for garnish.
- Process in a food processor with additional ingredients. This dip is better when it’s not completely smooth, so leave some chunky bits.
- After blending and plating, garnish the dip with 1 small tomato, seeded and chopped, and kalamata or black olives, chopped, the reserved beans and a generous drizzle of olive oil.