Garlic & Sundried Tomato Lentil Dip

Garlic & Sundried Tomato Lentil Dip

Sometimes, only sometimes, do I get sick of chickpea hummus.

Sometimes, SOMETIMES, I forget that you can make dip out of whatever you want to.

We have a nice little shelf in our cupboard that is full of canned and dried beans, and nearly all of them are used for specific recipes… because its what I know well and it’s what I know every one likes. Black beans are for salad toppers, black bean burgers or black bean tortas. Kidney beans are also for salad toppings, re-fried beans, tacos or bean salads. Chickpeas are … also for salad toppings, for roasting, for hummus and for “tuna” salad sammiches. Lentils are for adding to spaghetti sauce and chillies. Etcetera, etcetera.

But WHAT IF I TOLD YOU you could make a bean dip out of any beans you liked?

…… You may likely say “Ah… duh?”

But if you didn’t… and OK even if you did… I thought I’d share a yummy little dip recipe using sundried tomatoes and my favorite legume… lentils!

Lentils are an eeeeexcellent source of folate (one cup of lentils can provide almost 90% of your daily recommended intake) and is also a pretty good source other vitamins and minerals like iron, manganese, thiamin and B6, among others. High in fibre, a relatively good source of protein and low in fat, the fact that I love them is just a bonus!

I personally think they make a great sub for ground beef in pasta sauce or in chilies (just don’t over cook them!) and it wasn’t until recently that I decided to try and see what kind of dip I could make outtuv’em! Here goes.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 cup of canned lentils (OR cooked from dry lentils work as well)
  • 5 pieces of sundried tomatoes (I buy the kind that are NOT soaking in a bath of oil)
  • Squeezed juice from half a lemon
  • 1/2 tbsp. coconut nectar (or coconut aminos…or soya sauce… or tamari…)
  • 1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup of boiled water
  • 1/2 tbsp. evoo (extra virgin olive oil)
  • Salt (maaayyybbbeee if you wanna)

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What You’ll Need to do

FIRST you must chop your sundried toms into just slightly smaller pieces and get them swimming in a bowl of boiled water to soak.* You want to let them soak for about 5 minutes or so.

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THEN get your lentils in a… thingy… to blend. I use an emulsifier… because it’s less effort than taking out, and using, and cleaning my food processor but you could totally just whip out your processor if you don’t have an emulsifier.

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NEXT put aaaallll that stuff, save for your olive oil and salt, into the “thingy” along with your lentils. Be sure to reserve your now warmish reddish tomato infused soaking water.*

AND NOW YOU EMULSIFY, or food process… adding in that reserved tomato soaking water a tbsp at a time to help get it to a texture of your liking (I added about 2 tbsps.)

LASTLY pour in your olive oil and stir just by hand with a spoon. This step really just adds a slightly different kind of texture, and another layer of flavor, so if you’d like to keep this oil free, then by all means skip this step!

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Ok ACTUAL LASTLY. If you’re feeling it, you can also add a little extra salt to taste. You might find this dip flavorful enough, or depending on what you are pairing it with you might find you don’t want extra salt, but it’s your dip so do what you want!

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Oh and Enjoy!

*IF you can not find sundried tomatoes that are not already pre-soaked in oil, and you MUST use the oil soaked kind, then of course you can skip this step of soaking your toms. You also may choose to skip the last step of adding the olive oil if your dip already has the added oil from the sundried tomatoes.  Just be sure to have a couple tablespoons of water set to the side, to act as your watering down liquid to get those lentils to the right consistency!

Pro-ish Tip: Let your dip sit for between 10-20 minutes (or longer), if you have the time and/or the patience, to really let the flavor from all those powdered seasonings soak in and become nice a full!

 

 

 

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Where I’ve Been

Where I’ve Been

Guess who’s back… back again…

Oh man, I feel like this happens a lot, but possibly this is just my perception of it. The get going, the break and the revival. I hate the revival. It’s taken a while to pick it back up again if I’m being honest, my “in-my-head” got the better of me, and convinced me that not re-starting again was better than re-starting AAAGGGAAIINN. Yaknow what I mean?

But it’s not.

So here I am.

Again.

Life took a turn for us a while back, when we got word that our home was going up for sale… again. House number two. In a row.

The rental scene in the Okanagan for families was nearly non-existent at the time… in that vacancies rates were less than 1%. Even worse for dwellings with 3 or more bedrooms that also accepted pets, which were less than few and far between. The ones that were available were so incredibly unaffordable families were having to find other families to live with in order to pay rent. To add salt to the metaphorical wound, the amount of people looking for rentals far out numbered the amount of rentals available, so you might be 1 in literally 100’s of other people wanting that same rental. On rental forums in the area were only ever ISO posts and posts of stories of young families forced to live in tents or shelters, forced to leave the lives they’d built, forced to give up their family pets, some forced to give up their children. It was the most discouraged, painfully hopeless and scared I have been in a very long time.

Long story not-short (because my stories are neeevveer short), Jeff and I made the decision that we were NOT going to go through this again. We needed out of the rental “game”. like. yesterday. With the help of family, our governments HOME partnership program and lots of luck, sacrifices, prayer and hard work, we managed to make a plan to buy.

With sheer luck Jeff found an opening for a job in his same field of work in a small town in an area of BC that also happened to have affordable housing prices, and we even got an accepted offer on a home.

Using the HOME partnership program added a lot of extra steps to our journey, a lot of stress, a lot of uncertainty if it would even work, and then added to that was the wrench of having to back out of our first offer at the last moment and start from scratch.

By then we had already given our notice to leave our rental, and now we had less than 30 days and no place to call home.

With much stress, once again we started the process, found a house, made an offer, and got the ball rolling with the partnership program. Many hiccups, lots of re-doing paper work, a lot of packing, moving, storage units, and an elongated visit with Grandma and Grandpa, we had a home.

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Between June and the middle of November we went from renting in the Okanagan with next to no money, and not a hope in our hearts that we would even be able to buy, to owning in the Kootenays. Since then we have been spending our time un-packing and settling into life.

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In the back ground I was also working on finishing my course in Sports & Fitness Nutrition and beginning on my course in Vegetarian Nutrition. On top of that came all the normal being a human, being the wife to a human, and being a parent to tiny humans as well as trying to keep it all together.

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So here I am, back again, again. Ready to settle into life and embrace this new year in our new home, in our new home town, a real new start and Sweat & Cinnamon will continue as it always was, a place for love of food and activity and life.

Stay tuned!

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