Spicy Black Bean Dip

Hey everyone!!  One of the appliances I love most in my kitchen is my food processor.  Hands down.  But really great food processors are pretty expensive.  We were very blessed to receive ours as a wedding gift.  Also it’s sometimes too big to do the job I need it for, like making small batches of dips and chopping small quantities of veggies.  Enter my new toy…


The mini food chopper!  This bad boy was on sale at Target this past weekend- I think I paid $30 for it.  I had been thinking about getting one and as I saw this one on sale I knew it was the one!  I’ve had a super cheapy one before but it didn’t work well and I ended up throwing it away.  Spend a little money if you’re going to get something like this.  It’s worth it, I promise! 

This little food chopper is absolutely PERFECT to make the dip recipe I’m sharing with you today!  Also I hear there’s some kind of football game this weekend, and that it’s kind of a big deal.  So maybe you should make this to snack on during said game!


Spicy Black Bean Dip

(Print this recipe!)

by Sarah Collins Chapman

Prep Time: 10 min

Keywords: food processor appetizer dip vegan vegetarian black beans Super Bowl




  • 1/4 small onion
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/4 t ground black pepper
  • 1 T nutritional yeast (optional but it adds a lovely flavor!)
  • 1/2 t chili powder
  • 1/4 t ground cumin
  • 1 T cilantro
  • big squirt of lime juice
  • 1-2 T water


Place onion, jalapeno, and garlic in a food processor and pulse it until finely chopped.

Add black beans, salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, chili powder, cumin, cilantro, and squirt of lime juice and process until the dip starts to come together.

Stream in water until the dip meets desired consistency (I used 1 T).

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Sooooooo good!!




And not too shabby in the caloric department either!









Delish!  Enjoy!


Mexican Quinoa Casserole

Mexican Quinoa Casserole

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3 cups cooked quinoa
1/2 bell pepper, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 cup frozen corn
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 jar of your favorite salsa
a couple of handfuls of your fav vegan cheese- I like Daiya

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Sautee onion, bell pepper, and garlic until tender.


Stir together the quinoa, sautéed veggies, beans, corn, and salsa.


Pour into a 9×13 pan and sprinkle the top with your cheese.


Bake for about 30 mins or until the cheese is nice and melty.



Serve with more salsa, a big spoonful of guacamole, and some tortilla chips for optimal scoopage!




Oh, and the leftover casserole makes a KILLER burrito filling!!!


busy bee

I got so much done today!  It was one of those fast and furious days, though.

I had to get up super duper early and drive the hour to my alma mater to pick up two copies of my transcripts for registration tomorrow.  I got there, took care of that, then headed home.

My breakfast was seriously so unremarkable that I didn’t even bother to take a picture.  Plain english muffin stuffed into my gullet on the way out the door.  Boring!

When I got home I started some laundry and made a fabulous wrap for lunch!

This was the star of lunch.  The ez 4:9 tortilla.  These things are awesome!  Between the stellar nutritionals, completely orgainic ingredients, and the fact that they’re a complete protein, I say you can’t beat that with a stick!!


Onto the tortilla I put 1/3 cup black beans, 1/4 cup red. fat cheese, and a pinch each of cumin and chili powder.  Then I melted the cheese in the micro.

On top went my favorite hot sauce!


And lettuce, 2 oz avocado, and a few dollops of Fage(awesome sub for sour cream, BTW!)

Then wrap and roll…

The finished product…


Don’t forget desert!  Mmmmm- processed ice creamy goodness! LOL


Then more housework!

Then snacky time!


Then play with the puppy time!  She’s getting gigantic!!  She’s also a little monster, lol.  She’s into EVERYthing right now- nothing is off limits to her.  I caught her dragging some of my undies around the house earlier!  Cute little turd!


Then it was gym time!  50 minutes with my trainer, who decided to kill me today, haha.  Seriously though, I think she might have it in for me 😉

Dinner was a super healthy sloppy joe recipe from one of my favorite ladies- Ellie Krieger! (I want to be her when I grow up)  Here’s the recipe! I substituted ground turkey breast for the ground beef and it tasted great!  It also cut the calories down a bit too!

Served with some chips (Ruffles All Natural.  I was actually impressed with these!  Three ingredients- potatoes, sunflower oil, sea salt.  And tasty too!) and some pickle.


Well, time to hit the hay- I have an eaaaaarly start tomorrow.  Hopefully I will get some pics in.  Don’t really know what the orientation schedule will consist of, so we shall see.  Night!