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PointsPlus Crudités with Garlicky White Bean Dip

Crudités with Garlicky White Bean Dip

Hummus is great, but for something a little different, try this cannellini bean dip. It’s got some zip to it from the lemon juice, and crunchy vegetables make for the perfect dip delivery device.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil   
  • 3 medium-sized cloves garlic, minced   
  • One 15 ½-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice   
  • 1-2 tablespoons water   
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon paprika, or fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish (optional)
  • 1 small red or yellow pepper, sliced thickly   
  • 12 medium cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small cucumber, cut into spears   
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into sticks    

Directions

To prepare the dip, heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the garlic, stirring constantly, until the garlic just begins to turn golden, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

In a food processor or blender, combine the garlic-oil mixture, beans, and lemon juice. Process until smooth, slowly adding 1-2 tablespoons of water to obtain a thick yet creamy consistency; season to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer the dip to a small bowl and garnish with paprika or chopped parsley, if desired. Serve with the prepared vegetables.