Black Bean Lime Dip

Over the past week I got the privilege of attending a church "retreat" my youth group does every year. Of course, being a vegan, a lot of questions were thrown my way questioning why I packed my own food instead of joined in on eating the subs, pizza and ice cream. After explaining that I was a vegan, a lot of people began to question my eating and diet. One question that arose often was "but where do you get your protein?!" I couldn’t help but laugh to myself due irony of the common misconception almost all non-vegans believe. For the sake of not stepping on the pulpit (LOL) I linked a couple of good reads on the subject below: Over the past 2 years I have been asked about my protein intake a lot. I was inspired to make this high in protein side dip because of my love for dips and beans…and it just so happens to have a load of protein! This dip is delicious and perfect for a post workout snack. I sided this dip with my maple roasted chickpeas,some fries and some veggies. Ingredients: 1 1/2- 2 tsp of minced garlic 1 tsp ground ginger 1 can of black beans 1 tbsp of oil (vegetable or olive oil works) 1/2 of a lime, juiced How-To: 1. Pour oil into a pan and add in garlic and ginger. Let sit and cook at medium heat, mixing frequently 2. After a couple of minutes add in black beans and mix. Let sit and cook for a couple of minutes (adding a little bit of water if they are starting to get dry) 3. Take off heat and pour into a bowl. Mash the beans with a masher until creamy. 4. Add salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle lime juice. Mix and ENJOY!

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