Thursday, October 9, 2008

Totally worth the pain

The woof of my mouth ith totally buwnt and I don't efen cawe. Okay, so it's not burnt so badly to cause a speech impediment but if it had, I'd totally endure it. Cause this bean crack is that good.

Now don't freak out after you read the recipe.
"Lori, I thought you were a vegetarian?!"
"What the heck, I thought you weren't eating dairy?"
"Dude, chips? I though you were off chips. Chips are dangerous."

Lemme explain. I veganized (is that a word?) the recipe. And I am eating it with baked Tostitos Scoops. Half the fat and still delish. Pinky swear.

Sure, you could make the original recipe. And I'm sure it would be good. Okay, it would probably be freaking awesome. But you should try my version and tell me it's not completely fantabulous. I dare you. Heck, even Jeff the Carnivore gobbled it up.

Veganized Bean Crack Dip

  • 1 pkg Gimme Lean beef style*
  • 1 pkg Smart Ground crumbles*
  • 2 pkgs taco seasoning mix**
  • 2 containers Tofutti cream cheese (one of my BRAND NEW, UNOPENED containers was moldy, darn it, so I only used 1 container)
  • 3 cans vegetarian refried beans (why would you want lard with your beans?)
  • 2 small jars salsa (1 medium and 1 mild just to mix things up)

Brown the ground "meat" in a big saute pan. (You'll have to really work on the Gimme Lean to break it apart.) Add the taco seasoning mix and cook according the instructions.

Smear cream cheese in the bottom of a pyrex baking dish. Spread refried beans on top of cream cheese layer. Spoon the "meat" on top. Pour the salsa over "meat" and mix the two layers together.

Bake at 350 for 30min.

That's it! Just 6 ingredients, some smearing and voila, tasty, tasty dip.

This is a must have for Super Bowl Sunday. Or any day that ends in day. Oh, and I'd show you a picture but...well, I ate it. Not the picture. The dip. Hey, if I didn't wait until it cooled to eat it, what makes you think I waited to take a picture?

*I like the combo of Gimme Lean and Smart Ground because the Smart Ground can be dry. But you could use 2 of either rather than 1 each.
**I used some leftover homemade taco seasoning.


Portraits In Sepia October 10, 2008 at 3:54 PM  

Just wanted to pop in and say that the verse from Jeremiah in your title is one of my favorites and still fills my soul with renewed hope each and every time I read it. It was nice to stumble across your blog and see it. (nevermind that I could always open the Bible and read it.)

The Tucson Gang October 12, 2008 at 8:55 AM  

Sounds really yummy - we'll have to give it a try. Guess what we tried last week??? Egglant lasagna - yes, I tried it too. It was really yummy. We should look at more of these alternatives to the "usual" stuff...healthier and more interesting! :-)

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