Bean Spreads

Good Morning!
Here I sit, choking down what might be the world's worst coffee.
SH thinks I use too much coffee when I make it, so today I used less.
The result was coffee flavored water. YUCK!

At least breakfast was yummy.
I can never go wrong with a rice cake spread with peanut butter.
For many years, this family has been keeping the J.M. Smucker company
in the black.
Smucker's crunchy is sooooo good.

The peanut butter is lookin' a tad anemic
Food styling and photography are not my forte.

For the past two weeks, Walmart has been out of creamy.
I suspect that SH and BG think I have been lying, as they prefer creamy.

When we aren't spreading peanut butter on rice cakes, we are eating beans.
Bean spreads are better served on bread or crackers.

Black Bean Spread

1 16 oz. can black beans
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon orange juice
garlic to taste

Rinse the gucky stuff from the canned beans and drain.
Blend everything in a food processor until smooth.
Chill and then spread on bread or crackers.

Upon noticing that these recipes specified a 16 oz
can and a 15 oz can of beans, I checked in my pantry.
The can of kidney beans that I have is 15.5 oz.
Like everything else, canned beans must have changed
in size. Interesting.

Spicy Bean Spread

1 15oz can kidney or pinto beans
1/2 a yellow onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 glove of garlic
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon oregano

Rinse the gucky stuff from the canned beans and drain.
Blend everything in a food processor until smooth.
Add a bit of water if too thick.
Chill and then spread on bread or crackers.

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  1. I love bean spread and am always looking for new variations. Thanks for the ideas!

  2. These sounds wonderful! Thanks for these recipes. I love getting new ideas from you clever blogging ladies!!

  3. Those look nice and healthy, I like beans.

  4. I love any kind of bean dips or spreads too. thanks for the recipes :>)

  5. Hi Lisa - you might get this comment twice as the last post seemed to disappear into blog-ether! Just wanted to say that these look gorgeous - I am the Hummus Queen (nothing can't be improved in my book with a little bit of hummus!!) and these look like an interesting variation on that! Must give them a go!

    Hope you are all keeping well! Fiona x

  6. Ooooooh, that black bean spread looks good! I love black beans. St. Augustine has a lot of Cuban restaurants that feature black bean soup. The Columbia is famous for theirs. A1A Aleworks has (or at least had) black beans that are made with some olives. They had a wonderful flavor. Not sure that same chef is there, but I used to eat there a lot.


    Sheila :-)

  7. I may have to give that a try. Of course I will be the only person eating it, I live with the fickle foodie queen, who will only something if it's breaded or contains macaroni.

    I just read your post about your car. I love little cars too, I have a Honda Fit which is nearly the same as your Yaris. I know this because my daughter just bought the Yaris about a month ago. Of course, she insists it's better than my Honda and I let her think it if she wants. What is weird is that the older and fatter I get, the smaller my cars get. What's that about?

  8. Lisa, please stop by and pick up an award☺

  9. Wherefore art thou, my bloggy friend??? Hope you're okay, Lisa!


    Sheila :-)