I always have canned beans and lentils on hand. Simply drain, rinse and add to a variety of dishes for an economical dose of plant protein and fibre. If you love spice and dips as much as my gang does – this is the dip for you! Enjoy!     

Char’s Spicy Lentil Dip

1 (540 mL) can lentils, drained and rinsed

¼ cup (60 mL) tahini

zest and juice of one lemon

½ tsp (2 mL) chili flakes

½ tsp (2 mL) salt

2 cloves minced garlic

¼ cup (60 mL) quality olive oil

1 tbsp (15 mL) water

½ cup (125 mL) chopped fresh parsley

Garnish ~ sprinkle of each: sesame seeds, nigella seeds (optional), chopped fresh mint, chili flakes and drizzle of quality olive oil

Place lentils in bowl of food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until roughly chopped. Add remaining ingredients (except for parsley) and pulse until well combined. Scrape down sides of bowl when needed. Add chopped parsley and pulse until just combined. Spread on platter (or place in serving bowl) and garnish with sesame & nigella seeds, mint, chili flakes and drizzle of olive oil. Serve with veggies and flatbreads.  

Charmaine is the host of “In Char’s Kitchen” on YourTV Muskoka and regular guest on: Rogers IN StudioRogers Daytime OttawaCTV Morning Live OttawaCHCH Morning Live and Breakfast Television sharing her love and enthusiasm for all things food, cooking and fitness.

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