A few weeks ago, I started training to run a spring half marathon.  This will be my fourth race. Training for a half marathon is always a bit of an adventure.  There are parts of it that I love (long Sunday runs outside) and parts that I don’t (running on the treadmill when its too cold or snowy).  Early in the training calendar the mileage is lower so I just add it on to my usual workout routine of weights and fitness classes.

white bean dip

The one thing I seem to forget each time I start a new plan is how hungry I become due to the added training.  You wouldn’t think the addition of a few extra miles would make a difference, but it does.  To keep myself from constantly grazing or eating a box of my favorite Luna bars everyday, I try to keep a stash of good snacks on hand.  Full of protein, this bean dip has become one of my favorite ways to tame my hunger pangs.

I came across it earlier this winter, and have made it several times since.  The original recipe called for more oil, but I found with the lemon juice it really didn’t require quite that much. Add more if you’d like a thinner consistency.

white bean dip

White Bean Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) can cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, loosely packed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place the beans, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and parsley in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is coarsely chopped. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer the bean puree to a small bowl.
  2. Enjoy with carrot and celery sticks, sliced red peppers or pita chips.
http://thishomemadelife.com/white-bean-dip

adapted from Food Network

white bean dip

What are some of  your favorite homemade snacks for taming afternoon hunger pangs?

Alison

8 Responses to White Bean Dip

  1. Nichole says:

    Oh, Alison…this looks delicious.
    I’m willing to bet my kids would eat it too if I offered up a bunch of different dipping veggies.

    • Alison says:

      Nichole–my boys love it and it’s a nice way to get the veggies in them. Hope your littles like it too!

  2. Mmm, I love bean dips but I usually just stick to hummus. This looks delicious, and nice and light with the lemon and parsley.

    • Alison says:

      Heidi–I think that’s why I like it, a bit lighter than the usual bean dips. And so fresh with the added parsley and lemon.

  3. I make my hummus similar to this. Definitely going to give this version a try!

    • Alison says:

      Allison–I almost like it better than hummus. It seems…lighter. Maybe because there’s no tahini?

  4. bentley says:

    these last to recipes look delicious. i love bean dip and have to try the pesto. hope the training is going well! xo

    • Alison says:

      Thanks Bentley. The pesto is really fantastic and there are so many possibilities for using it. Training is going well, just wish I could be doing some of these runs outside instead of on the treadmill. Ah the joys of training for a spring half in the winter. Hope you are well!

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