Garlicky White Bean Dip

For a healthy party dip option, try my easy Garlicky White Bean Dip. It’s a simple and delicious dip to serve along with other appetizers on a buffet table or on its own as an appetizer prior to a main course.

Toasted Baguette topped with Garlicky White Bean Dip and a sprinkling of Fresh Lemon Zest  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Toasted Baguette topped with Garlicky White Bean Dip and a sprinkling of Fresh Lemon Zest (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

One of my absolute favorite restaurant dips is the White Bean Dip at the swanky Italian restaurant Lupo di Mare in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Lupo di Mare’s white bean dip is comprised of white beans, roasted garlic, truffle oil, lemon zest, and served with crostini. My Garlicky White Bean Dip is a bit thinner and tangier in taste than Lupo di Mare’s version. I like them both.

Garlicky White Bean Dip at Lupo di Mare in Rehoboth, Delaware (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Garlicky White Bean Dip at Lupo di Mare in Rehoboth, Delaware (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

I prefer to use cannellini beans in my white bean dip. You can also add garbanzo beans if you have them on hand.

Target's Simply Balanced brand of organic cannellini beans (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Target’s Simply Balanced brand of organic cannellini beans (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

To make my simple Garlicky White Bean Dip, just put some drained canned white beans, lemon juice and zest, garlic cloves, balsamic vinegar, honey and a touch of fresh or dried thyme into your food processor.

Place the ingredients in the food processor (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Place the ingredients in the food processor (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add some olive oil as the dip is processing.

Whole Food's Market's 365 brand Olive Oil is a quality product (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Whole Food’s Market’s 365 brand Olive Oil is a quality product (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Process until smooth.

Process the ingredients until smooth, adding olive oil as needed (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Process the ingredients until smooth, adding olive oil as needed (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Season with salt and refrigerate for up to three days.

Store the Garlicky White Bean Dip in a sealed container for up to three days (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Store the Garlicky White Bean Dip in a sealed container for up to three days (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Serve with some toasted pita chips, toasted baguette slices or a raw veggie tray. And top it with a drizzle of truffle oil and fresh lemon zest at serving time for some extra decadence.

Top the Garlicky White Bean Dip with some freshly grated lemon zest and a drizzle of truffle oil (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Top the Garlicky White Bean Dip with some freshly grated lemon zest and a drizzle of truffle oil (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Enjoy!

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Garlicky White Bean Dip

Ingredients:

3 cans (about 14 oz. each) white cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
Zest of one lemon (zest the whole lemon before cutting the zested lemon in half to juice it)
Juice of half a lemon, seeds removed from juice
2 garlic cloves, peeled, or 1/4 c roasted garlic cloves
1 t white balsamic vinegar
1 t dried thyme or 1/2 T fresh thyme (leaves only)
1 T honey
4 T olive oil
Salt, to taste

Truffle Oil, for light drizzle at serving time (optional)

Method:

1. Combine all ingredients except the olive oil and salt in a food processor and process until smooth. Add the olive oil as the mixture gets smoother. Season with salt, to taste.
2. If the dip is too thick for your liking, you can add a bit more lemon juice. If your dip is too thin, add some more beans. The dip will thicken slightly as it chills in the refrigerator.
3. Chill in a non-metallic container for a few hours or until ready to serve. The longer the dip sits in the fridge, the better the flavors will enhance.

Makes about 1.5 cups of dip. Serve with pita chips, crackers, thinly sliced baguette, toasted baguette, or an assortment of crudités.

Variations: You can also use this garlicky white bean dip as a spread for a tortilla wrap or sandwich. Try with oil-packed canned tuna, roasted red pepper slices, and some diced kalamata olives on a toasty baguette for a Mediterranean-style sandwich. Or, you can add 1 roasted red pepper, seeded and cored, to the white bean dip ingredients before processing and omit the lemon juice. The roasted red pepper adds a gorgeous reddish tinge to the white bean dip.

Garlicky White Bean Dip (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Garlicky White Bean Dip (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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Easter Buffet Menu

What to serve for Easter? What about a fun Easter buffet menu? You can pick and choose from a long list of recipes from A Food Lover’s Delight! Serve your buffet for brunch, lunch or dinner.

PHOTO-HAPPY-EASTER

Along with your traditional spiral sliced ham, roasted lamb and rare roast beef, I’m offering a number of options for your Easter buffet. Set your tables with festive tablecloths and napkins. Stacks of plates and baskets of silverware will aid your guests in navigating the buffet. Add decorative vases of fresh daffodils and tulips along the buffet and on your seating tables. Be sure to provide ample serving forks and spoons as well.

Many of these dishes can be made ahead of time and either kept chilled in the refrigerator or warmed in chafing dishes or crock pots. You will need to double or triple most recipes for a crowd.

And most of all, enjoy the meal with friends and family!

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Easter Buffet Menu

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Appetizers

Fresh Fruit Platter

A colorful fresh fruit platter is a healthy option (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

A colorful fresh fruit platter is a healthy option (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Deviled Eggs Mom-Style

Deviled Eggs Mom-Style (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Deviled Eggs Mom-Style (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Simple Smoked Salmon Spread on Pumpernickel Squares

Smoked Salmon Nibbles for a Party!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Smoked Salmon Nibbles for a Party! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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Salads

Lemony Mediterranean Tuna Pasta Salad

Lemony Pesto Mediterranean-Style Tuna Pasta (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Lemony Pesto Mediterranean-Style Tuna Pasta (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Simple Cucumber Salad

Simple Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Simple Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Dill Potato Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing

Dill Potato Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Dill Potato Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Citrus Shrimp Couscous Salad

Chopped shrimp, red bell pepper, cucumber and cilantro mixed with sliced scallions, couscous, and a citrusy vinaigrette makes a colorful and delicious chilled salad  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Chopped shrimp, red bell pepper, cucumber and cilantro mixed with sliced scallions, couscous, and a citrusy vinaigrette makes a colorful and delicious chilled salad (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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Pastas

The Food Lover’s Mac and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Baked Macaroni and Cheese! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Honey Mustard Chicken with Broccoli and Penne Pasta

Honey Mustard Chicken finished with Shredded Parmesan (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Honey Mustard Chicken finished with Shredded Parmesan (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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Main Courses

Smoked Chicken Crepes with Spinach and Shallots

Baked Smoked Chicken Crepe with Spinach and Shallots is ready to be served!

Baked Smoked Chicken Crepe with Spinach and Shallots is ready to be served!

Baked Salmon in a Creamy Mustard Sauce

Baked Salmon with Mustard Sauce over Garlicky Spinach and Buttered Orzo

Baked Salmon with Mustard Sauce over Garlicky Spinach and Buttered Orzo

Succulent Crab Cakes and The Best Tartar Sauce

Tartar Sauce pairs nicely with a crab cake sandwich (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Tartar Sauce pairs nicely with a crab cake (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Brown Sugar Ham and Swiss Quiche

A Great Brunch Dish -- Brown Sugar Ham and Swiss Cheese Quiche

Brown Sugar Ham and Swiss Cheese Quiche

Mom’s Stuffed Bell Peppers

Mom's Stuffed Bell Peppers (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Mom’s Stuffed Bell Peppers (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Vegetable Frittata with Goat Cheese

Vegetable Frittata with huge chunks of goat cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Vegetable Frittata with huge chunks of goat cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Prosciutto Brie Scrambled Eggs

Proscuitto Brie Scrambled Eggs with a side of Wheat Toast (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Proscuitto Brie Scrambled Eggs with a side of Wheat Toast (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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Side Dishes

Potatoes au Gratin

Potatoes au Gratin - browned to perfection! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Potatoes au Gratin – browned to perfection! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Easy Mashed Potatoes

Whisk your potatoes for extra fluffiness (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Whisk your potatoes for extra fluffiness (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Roasted Vegetables

Smoked Chicken Legs with Roasted Vegetables (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Smoked Chicken Legs with Roasted Vegetables (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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Desserts

Very Berry Crumble

Very Berry Crumble -- Ready for a Scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Very Berry Crumble — Ready for a Scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Nutella Napoleons

Easy Nutella Napoleon - Puff Pastry, Nutella, Toasted Sliced Almonds. Sprinkling of Powdered Sugar and mini-Chocolate Chips.  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Easy Nutella Napoleon – Puff Pastry, Nutella, Toasted Sliced Almonds. Sprinkling of Powdered Sugar and mini-Chocolate Chips. (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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Beverages

Simple Iced Tea – Made with Sunshine

It's easy to make sun-brewed iced tea!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

It’s easy to make sun-brewed iced tea! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Coffee, Tea, Red Wine, White Wine, Sparkling Wine, Beer, Filtered Water

***Be sure that you monitor your guests’ alcohol consumption if you are serving alcoholic beverages. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk!***

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Inspiralize the Spring!

As part of my “eating healthier” trek, I’m now getting ready to Inspiralize the Spring! What does Inspiralize really mean? It means using a cool spiralizer tool for prepping vegetables into little “noodle-like” shapes. For example, you can replace pasta with spiralized zucchini or carrots. The Spiralizer has become my good friend since I purchased it last Fall.

The Inspiralizer (Photo Credit: inspiralized.com)

The Inspiralizer (Photo Credit: inspiralized.com)

I got really excited when I found out that Tuttorosso Tomatoes and Ali Maffucci are partnering to Inspiralize the Spring together. Ali Maffucci is the author of Inspiralized, the cookbook, and the founder of inspiralized.com Check out her site for spiralized recipes as well as her story of weight loss through eating spiralized dishes.

Ali Maffucci is the Inspiralized.com founder (Photo Credit: inspiralized.com)

Ali Maffucci is the Inspiralized.com founder (Photo Credit: inspiralized.com)

During the “Inspiralize the Spring” promotion, which runs from March 25 through April 15 on Facebook, Tuttorosso will give away 750 Tuttorosso aprons, 15 copies of Ali’s cookbook Inspiralized, 60 of Ali’s custom Inspiralizers®, and a Grand Prize package that includes an Inspiralizer®, a signed copy of Inspiralized, a Tuttorosso apron, and collection of kitchen gadgets (personally chosen by Ali) all packed in a gorgeous picnic basket. Click this Facebook link to enter: ENTER HERE!

Image courtesy tuttorosso tomatoes.com

Image courtesy tuttorosso tomatoes.com

Tuttorosso has published new recipes to inspire more springtime meals.

Al Fresco Zucchini Pasta Salad

Al Fresco Zucchini Pasta Salad (photo courtesy Tuttorossotomatoes.com)

Al Fresco Zucchini Pasta Salad (photo courtesy Tuttorossotomatoes.com)

Tuscan Sausage and Kale Ragu with Butternut Squash Fettuccine

Tuscan Sausage and Kale Ragu with Butternut Squash Fettuccine (Photo Credit: Tuttorossotomatoes.com)

Tuscan Sausage and Kale Ragu with Butternut Squash Fettuccine (Photo Credit: Tuttorossotomatoes.com)

Pasta Arrabiata with Carrot Noodles

Pasta Arrabiata with Carrot Noodles (Photo Credit: Tuttorossotomatoes.com)

Pasta Arrabiata with Carrot Noodles (Photo Credit: Tuttorossotomatoes.com)

Head over to the Tuttorosso Tomato website to check out more recipes and some good information.

Tuttorosso is also excited to host a Virtual Dinner Party starting April 6 where they’ll share even more recipes using spiralized veggies. They would love to see your inspiralized recipes on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter! Be sure to tag them #TuttorossoRecipes #Inspiralized so everyone can find them.

And as a Food Lover myself, who is trying to eat healthier, I encourage you to try spiralizing on your own! Try my Sauteed Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles — my first Spiralized recipe!

Spiralizer Zucchini Noodles with Paprika-dusted Sauteed Shrimp, Tomatoes and White Beans (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Spiralizer Zucchini Noodles with Paprika-dusted Sauteed Shrimp, Tomatoes and White Beans (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Get your own Spiralizer from Amazon.com:

And a copy of Inspiralized – the new cookbook by Ali Maffucci!

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St Patricks Day Menu Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day screams GREEN to me. My St Patricks Day Menu Ideas will offer GREEN colored foods if you are seeking a fun green-themed meal. All recipes have at least a hint of GREEN. And you could add some green food coloring!

Image courtesy Charles Schulz

Image courtesy Charles Schulz

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

St Patricks Day Menu Ideas for GREEN FOOD

CLICK on the PHOTOS or the RECIPE NAMES to go to the RECIPES.

Appetizers

My Favorite Guacamole served with tortilla chips

My favorite creamy Guacamole served with crispy Tortilla Chips (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

My favorite creamy Guacamole served with crispy Tortilla Chips (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Green Pea Hummus with pita toasts and raw veggies

Green Pea Hummus in progress (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Green Pea Hummus in progress (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Soup

Creamy Broccoli Soup with Cheddar and Bits of Ham

Creamy Broccoli Soup with Cheddar and Ham (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Creamy Broccoli Soup with Cheddar and Ham (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Salads

Simple Cucumber Salad

Lemony Dill Cucumber Salad is a cool and refreshing side dish (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Lemony Dill Cucumber Salad is a cool and refreshing side dish (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Granny Smith Apple Chopped Salad with Toasted Pecans and Goat Cheese

Granny Smith Apple Chopped Salad with Toasted Pecans and Goat Cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Granny Smith Apple Chopped Salad with Toasted Pecans and Goat Cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Pastas

Creamy Basil Arugula Pesto Tortellini

Creamy Basil Arugula Pesto Sauce over Tortellini with Toasted Pine Nuts, Shredded Parmesan, Chopped Basil, and Arugula (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Creamy Basil Arugula Pesto Sauce over Tortellini with Toasted Pine Nuts, Shredded Parmesan, Chopped Basil, and Arugula (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Garlic Chicken Pesto Pasta

Garlic Chicken over Linguine with Basil Pesto and Pine Nuts (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Garlic Chicken over Linguine with Basil Pesto and Pine Nuts (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Creamy Basil Pesto Pasta with Easy Turkey Meatballs

Creamy Basil Pesto Linguine with Easy Turkey Meatballs (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Creamy Basil Pesto Linguine with Easy Turkey Meatballs (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Main Courses

Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas with Green Chile Sauce

Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas with Green Chile Sauce served with Refried Beans (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas with Green Chile Sauce served with Refried Beans (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Pizza

Chicken Pesto Pizza

Chicken Pesto Pizza combines two of my favorite flavors! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Chicken Pesto Pizza combines two of my favorite flavors! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Roasted Tomato Ricotta Pesto Pizza

Roasted Tomato, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Garlic and Pesto Pizza -- Hot from the oven! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Roasted Tomato, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Garlic and Pesto Pizza — Hot from the oven! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Sandwiches

Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas

Spinach and Mushroom Quesadilla with Monterey Jack Cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Spinach and Mushroom Quesadilla with Monterey Jack Cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Smoked Pork Quesadilla with Green Chiles

Smoked Pork and Green Chile Quesadilla served with Chipotle Salsa (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Smoked Pork and Green Chile Quesadilla served with Chipotle Salsa (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Side Dishes

Sauteed Garlicky Spinach with Buttered Orzo

Garlicky Sauteed Spinach with Buttered Orzo (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Garlicky Sauteed Spinach with Buttered Orzo (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

TV Dinner Peas and Carrots

TV Dinner Peas and Carrots served with a Grilled Pork Chop and Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

TV Dinner Peas and Carrots served with a Grilled Pork Chop and Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Steakhouse Garlicky Creamed Spinach and Arugula

Serve my garlicky creamed spinach and arugula as a side dish (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Serve my garlicky creamed spinach and arugula as a side dish (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Chive Mashed Potatoes

Chive Mashed Potatoes along with Bacon-Topped Meatloaf and Peas (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Chive Mashed Potatoes along with Bacon-Topped Meatloaf and Peas (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Dessert

Savory Zucchini Bread

A Slice of Savory Zucchini Bread with Honey Nut Cream Cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

A Slice of Savory Zucchini Bread with Honey Nut Cream Cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

www.afoodloversdelight.com (Copyright Adroit Ideals 2015)

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Fresh Fruit Platter

Winter is the time of year that I start to think about summer‘s upcoming bounty of fruit. Yet with the availability of fresh produce from around the world, a Fresh Fruit Platter is a simple plate to serve all year round. Work with what’s available at your grocer’s fruit department to create a healthy offering.

A colorful fresh fruit platter is a healthy option (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

A colorful fresh fruit platter is a healthy option (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

A simply prepared dish for entertaining, a fresh fruit platter is colorful and healthy. Your guests will be able to sample fresh fruits in-season as part of your party buffet. This platter works well as an appetizer, a brunch side dish and as a dessert offering. Additionally, a fruit platter accompanies a cheese platter, antipasti platter, or a sandwich party platter.

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Fresh Fruit Platter

Suggested Ingredients:

Assemble an arrangement of in-season fresh fruits such as:

Strawberries
Blueberries
Raspberries
Blackberries
Cherries
Bananas
Grapefruit
Oranges
Clementines
Mango
Papaya
Watermelon
Cantaloupe
Honeydew Melon
Pineapple
Apples
Peaches
Nectarines
Pears
Plums
Apricots
Kiwi Fruit
Assorted types of Grapes
Pomegranate Seeds
Mint sprigs for garnish

Method:

Wash all fruits and arrange on platter. You will likely want to cut fruits such as pineapple, mango, papaya, and melons into bite-sized cubes. Leave the strawberries as whole fruits. Banana, apple and pear slices may brown, so toss those in lemon juice, or omit from the platter. Serve citrus in slices or wedges. Apricots can be halved. You can always cut bananas in half leaving the peels on so they won’t brown as much.

Serves a crowd as a buffet option.

Variations: Many. It’s up to you the limitless combinations available for this platter. You could also serve with honey, agave syrup, chocolate sauce or marshmallow sauce for dipping.

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