Today’s Crazy Ingredient Challenge is to combine black beans and mayonnaise. To be honest, I voted for both of these ingredients, but that didn’t mean I had an idea.
And then I forgot about it. Taking two vacations back-to-back will do that to you.
When I always have black beans in my pantry and mayonnaise in my fridge it would have been a little inexcusable to skip this event.
Surprisingly, I was able to come up with an idea and make my dish on Sunday! I had game day food on my mind, and even though it was just the boys and me, I still made a perfect dip for watching football from the couch. I took inspiration from a warm spinach dip and added some black beans and southwest spices.
Firecracker was napping (gasp!) while I got the dip in the oven and he woke up just in time to take it out. Turned out the be the perfect distraction mechanism for his post-nap fussiness. He said it looked good and said he wanted to eat it. Of course, I had to take a picture first! Literally, one. I told him it was still hot and he informed me that it was cool now. So, out of the ramekin and into a different bowl to spend a few minutes in the fridge. I think he ate 2 bites; the smart kid really just wanted the chips within his reach. I loved the dip, and will definitely make it again for company. I’m looking forward to my afternoon salty snack this week, now!
This recipe will serve 2-3 people.
Black Bean and Spinach Dip
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 1/2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 3/4 C shredded Mexican blend cheese
- 2 C packed baby spinach
- 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/8 tsp cumin
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, combine all the ingredient until incorporated.
- Divide dip between two 16 oz ramekins. Bake 30-35 minutes, until dip is bubbly and the top is slightly golden.
- Serve warm with tortilla chips.
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I am keeping with my healthy kick of Mexican Monday (previous weeks included Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers and Turkey Lettuce Wraps) with a double duty Mexican Monday & Salad Night.
It’s been way too long since my last salad post – and unfortunately that also indicates it’s been way too long since our last salad night! Stuart has been looking for healthier meals lately, and after eating this Southwestern Salad he was completely satisfied.
The dressing for the salad is made with Greek yogurt. If you’ve paid attention, or know me, you realize that I have a great dislike for Greek yogurt. But I do try and give it another chance every now and then. I was prepared to revert to bottled salad dressing, but I’m happy to state that I loved the creamy cilantro vinaigrette!
I added chicken to the salad so we’re getting 3 sources of protein: the Greek yogurt in the dressing, chicken, and black beans! I promise this is no rabbit food.
Protein Packed Southwestern Salad
Ingredients for the chicken:
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken tenders (you can also cut up 1 breast into strips)
- 3/4 tsp Adobo seasoning
- 1 tsp Ancho chili powder
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil, divided use
- 1 head iceberg lettuce
- 1/2 C canned corn, drained
- 1/2 C canned black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 on-the-vine tomato, chopped and seeds removed
- 1 avocado, chopped
- crispy tortilla strips, for topping
Ingredients for the dressing:
- 1/2 C Greek yogurt
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 C fresh cilantro
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 C extra virgin olive oil
- salt, to taste
- In a small bowl combine adobo seasoning, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Season both sides of chicken with spice mixture (you will have some left over).
- In a medium skillet heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken 4-5 minutes on each side, until cooked through.
- In a food processor combine all dressing ingredients.
- Assemble salad with lettuce, corn, beans, tomato, avocado, and chicken. Toss with as much dressing as you like. Top with tortilla strips.
*This recipe is adapted from Chung-Ah at http://damndelicious.net/2014/01/10/southwestern-chopped-salad-cilantro-lime-dressing/*