Eat of the Moment

Lean Green Dip

This pea-and-edamame dip is lean, green and mean. Okay, well, it’s not actually mean. But it sure is green and it will help keep you lean and make your body work like a machine. Well, maybe not exactly like a machine. But the combination of healthy fiber and protein in here will at least make you happy that you read through all of these lame rhymes and actually made the dip. Because it’s also good. Like, really good. Like, I have no idea how something with only five real ingredients can taste so good.

Seriously, when my boyfriend and I were eating this Lean Green Dip, I said, “OMG. Don’t you just feel like you’re eating spring and freshness and joy and zing? This is so good!” He said he agreed, but wasn’t totally on board with the zing aspect, although he unequivocally admitted the dip was delicious. It’s definitely the lemon juice that adds the zing, though! I can’t think of any appetizer I’d rather serve at a spring soiree than this bright green dip. It’s simple, flavorful, and makes your mouth happy. Zing!

Try this with your favorite green herb (basil, cilantro or maybe mint) mixed in, too. I’ve also made this with a hefty sprinkle of good quality Parmesan cheese, which makes the flavor just a teensy bit more complicated and sophisticated.

Lean Green Dip

serves 6-8

total time: 5 minutes

total hands on time: 5 minutes

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups peas (if frozen, defrost them)
  • 1 1/2 cups shelled edamame
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

What you’ll do:

1. Using a food processor, blend all ingredients together. You may have to scrape off the sides and blend a few times to get to desired consistency; the vegetables should be mainly smooth, with almost no discernible chunks. It should be consistency of a paste, basically.

2. Serve with chips or vegetables. I also like to eat this spread on crusty bread with a drizzle of olive oil on top.

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