Bean and Olive Dip

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Boy, oh boy!  Have I got a great – and simple – recipe to share with you!


I was craving hummus, but we’re all out.  I decided to create my own version of a bean dip using a can of dark red kidney beans instead.


Bean and Olive Dip


Ingredients (for 2 entree-sized servings or 4 side servings):


  • 1 can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, packed in olive oil
  • 2 handfuls raw spinach, torn into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup whole canned black olives (no salt added)
  • Lots and lots of hot sauce
  • Pepper




  • In a wok, combine the first four ingredients.
  • Cook on medium high for 8 minutes (or until spinach is entirely wilted).
  • Pour mix into large bowl, add pepper and hot sauce (to taste, but you can’t go wrong with adding a lot), and mash into a dip.  Alternatively, you could put it into a food processor to make it all creamy, but I liked the chunks.
  • Serve warm!


I ate my dip with two servings of crackers, but I think the dip would be excellent between two slices of toast, too!


With a big serving of steamed Brussel sprouts:


Before lunch, I went to the gym and rocked 30 minutes on the elliptical.  I was scheduled to run 5.0 miles, but I just wasn’t feeling a longer workout.  I felt refreshed and relaxed after the elliptical!


Since I went to the gym at lunch time, I had a larger mid-afternoon snack to power me through my workout.


I had an orange:

And a slice of PB toast:


Aren’t my flowers pretty?  :)  I bought  myself two big bouquets the other day.  I love having fresh flowers around!



  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 29, 2010, 3:15 pm

    wow, that dip sounds great! i never would have thought of that combo, but i bet it’s amazing. i like the idea of having it served warm too 🙂

    i love having fresh flowers around…and yours are seriously the best colors ever! hope your day is going well!

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 3:16 pm

      just realized that that bouquet is almost the same as my bridesmaids carried at my wedding! but they carried white daisies with yellow centers 🙂

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 29, 2010, 3:17 pm

    Oohh good sounding dip! Can you add it to your recipe page (if you haven’t already :p)? I love making new things with pulses – butter bean patties are one of my favourites 🙂
    Cute flowers too – fresh ones always brighten up a room 🙂
    Have a good afternoon!

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 3:24 pm

      just added 🙂

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 29, 2010, 3:18 pm

    The flowers are beautiful and that bean dip looks delicious! When you steam your veggies – what do you use? Do you do it in a microwave or over the stove?

  • Mastering Public Health March 29, 2010, 3:19 pm

    Well, according to research, fresh flowers are proven mood-boosters. (True!) The bean dip looks very gourmet for being so on-a-whim; definitely like something I would see in Prevention.

  • Sara @ Activegal March 29, 2010, 3:23 pm

    The flowers are beautiful!! Do you come up with these recipes yourself? I only wish I was that talented! Maybe with time….I am still just trying to teach myself how to follow a recipe 🙂

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 3:25 pm

      yes 🙂 thanks.

  • Bronwyn March 29, 2010, 3:23 pm

    Hmmm, that bean dip sounds amazing. And so simple! I must try my hand at some random made up bean dip.

    I love fresh flowers; it’s my roommate. Before her I never really cared for flowers, but she would buy bouquets and let me have a couple of the flowers; so nice to just look at them while trying to do homework…

  • Jessica @ How Sweet March 29, 2010, 3:23 pm

    Look at you and your brussel, again!! Good for you – I still can’t choke them down. 😉 That dip looks TO DIE FOR!!!

  • Ellen March 29, 2010, 3:24 pm

    Whoa, that looks and sounds DELISH!!! And wait a minute…I pretty much have all of those ingredients at home already–SCORE! (I thought the day would never come 😉

    Cute flowers. That’s the one nice thing you can get on the cheap in NYC! I love Spring.

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 29, 2010, 3:26 pm

    I love fresh flowers! I don’t buy them nearly often enough….

  • Evan Thomas March 29, 2010, 3:26 pm

    I’m not one for fresh flowers; I’m too bad at keeping them alive. That’s why I love Halloween when you can have thumpy round pumpkins around and no one questions otherwise 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 29, 2010, 3:28 pm

    I love green blossoms– so spring-like! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • jen trinque March 29, 2010, 3:29 pm

    Mmm. I only have Kalamata olives at home right now, but I bet they’d be awesome in that dip, too.

  • Dori March 29, 2010, 3:30 pm

    That sounds so good! I love olives.

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love March 29, 2010, 3:31 pm

    Love those flowers — so pretty for spring 🙂

  • katherine March 29, 2010, 3:32 pm

    For some reason, olives really add a certain something to dishes. I rarely think to throw them into a meal, but I always love it when I do.

  • zoe March 29, 2010, 3:40 pm

    nomnomnooom. this looks really good AND i have a can of kidney beans taking up space in my cupboard. might have to try this one out! i’ve been following your blog for about a month now and i finally worked up the courage to comment! lovelovelove your blog 🙂 i’m new to the scene, too. thanks again for the yummy recipe!

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 3:42 pm

      welcome to blog land and thanks for commenting!

  • eatdrinkandbemerrynyc March 29, 2010, 3:41 pm

    PERFECT for entertaining! We also have people over for apps before dinner and lots of my gf’s request healthy snacks. I usually do a HUGE veggie platter (6 different raw veggies) and hummus. Now I can add that into my repertoire! THANKS!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) March 29, 2010, 3:42 pm

    OOOOO OLIVES, HOW I WISH I LOVED THEE! This “looks” great! olives are the ONE food i wish I liked, but just dont ;(

  • Laura Georgina March 29, 2010, 3:54 pm

    That dip looks awesome. I’d have never thought to add the sundried tomatoes to a red bean dip, yuuuum…. I can’t wait till I’m working from home next month and I can have fun in the kitchen at lunch, just like you!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 29, 2010, 3:55 pm

    fresh flowers are like a guilty pleasure

  • Jenny March 29, 2010, 4:08 pm

    That is such a great way to recreate hummus!

  • Kacy March 29, 2010, 4:11 pm

    I love chunky dips too. That looks awesome!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 29, 2010, 4:12 pm

    I love throwing random stuff together and making healthy yummy food.

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write March 29, 2010, 4:13 pm

    I really love kidney beans, since I’m eternally low on iron. GREAT idea.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 29, 2010, 4:13 pm

    wow that dip looks great! Would make for a great bruschetta topping on crusty bread too!

  • Hedda March 29, 2010, 4:15 pm

    Definetely something I shall try, looked really good!
    Haha, I have really started to use your blog as an inspiration and motivation to try new things, but that is only positive.

    And one must have some flowers! Flowers and good books make a home complete, and can brighten up any day. It is pretty rainy here in Norway at the moment, so the only way to get some “sunshine” (and remind uself that it is Easter :)) is through yellow flowers.

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 4:18 pm

      thanks Hedda! flowers make me happy, too.

  • Lisa March 29, 2010, 4:21 pm

    What a cool idea. I am the worst at trying to “Create” my own recipes. I’m trying to do better though. 🙂

  • Tammy March 29, 2010, 4:22 pm

    The dip sounds loverly, EXCEPT for the olives…any other suggested substitutes?

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 4:25 pm


  • Britt @ Runnerbelle March 29, 2010, 5:31 pm

    Agreed, love the flowers. I need to buy myself some soon. 🙂

    And that dip totally got me motivated. I had no kidney beans but instead had garbanzo! So kinda more like a hummus. I did throw it into the food processor quickly but didn’t let it get creamy, just to chop things up a bit. Delish!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 29, 2010, 5:42 pm

    Gorgeous flowers!! It’s amazing how they brighten up your day 🙂
    The dip sounds great, sans olives. I’ll have to experiment!

  • Jennifer March 29, 2010, 5:52 pm

    Hey Caitlin, if you’ve got the time, check out my latest post. I would really appreciate your opinion on the issue I discuss. You always have insightful things to say. 🙂

  • Catherine March 29, 2010, 6:27 pm

    That dip sounds awesome – I loooove hot sauce! I like to have fresh flowers around the apartment as well, it brightens my day. 🙂

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 29, 2010, 6:27 pm

    The dip definitely sounds interesting. And those flowers are BEAUTIFUL. I have fake flowers personally, because I get too sad when fresh ones die. =(

  • Lex @ sweettoothlex March 29, 2010, 6:38 pm

    Oooh those flowers are so pretty! I am so happy that spring is around the corner because fresh flowers can be SO uplifting!!

  • March 29, 2010, 6:40 pm

    wow….that olive dip sounds amazing! thanks for the tip!

  • Heather ( March 29, 2010, 6:48 pm

    flowers are so pretty! I don’t feel like a long workout either, about to hit the elliptical, too!

  • Madison March 29, 2010, 7:02 pm

    That bean dip looks great! I love beans! Pretty flowers, love the colors.

  • Jolene ( March 29, 2010, 7:06 pm

    That dip sounds great, and I LOVE brussel sprouts!!!

    Pretty flowers 🙂

  • clay March 29, 2010, 7:19 pm

    Those flowers make the PB toast look like a luxury! 🙂

  • Molly @fuelherup March 29, 2010, 7:19 pm

    I’ve made a very similar dip using pinto beans, minus the sundried tomatoes, but that sounds like a genius addition! I like creamy dips so I use a food processor but I’m sure it’s delicious chunky too!

  • Niki (Running in Pink) March 29, 2010, 7:37 pm

    Very pretty flowers! Makes me want to go out and buy a spring-like bouquet for myself. 🙂 P.S. Seeing you drink all these green monsters made me really crave one and buy the goods for them today…I haven’t had one in months (it’s been too cold!).

  • kate March 29, 2010, 7:49 pm

    Flowers scream spring to me – Such an instant mood booster!

  • Paige March 29, 2010, 8:30 pm

    Aww the picture of the PB toast and flowers is my favorite :)I def want to try the bean dip, I bet that would be good to top off a sweet potato!

  • Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN March 29, 2010, 8:40 pm

    I love the flowers! They say, “I’m spring and I’m here!!!” hehehe. I just might pick some up this week. I think my dining room table could use a pick-me-up for spring. 🙂

  • Angela @ A Healthy Fit March 29, 2010, 8:41 pm

    First off, that dip looks amazing.

    Secondly, fresh flowers are the best! They always brighten my mood.

  • Kelly B (at Local Foodie Fight) March 29, 2010, 8:44 pm

    I love the flowers, they are super pretty! ps. loved that pic of you and your husband on the sofa where youve got your camera on your lap, the photo that symbolizes your marriage. lol. it’s epic.

  • Tara March 29, 2010, 8:57 pm

    Wow, that looks and sounds so good! I don’t have a food processor (it’s on my ‘want’ list right now) but I bet a good fork smashing would do the trick. Looking forward to it already..

  • Gabriela March 29, 2010, 9:31 pm

    YAY for bean and olive dip!
    Looks so good 😉
    Have a great week, Caitlin!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  • Jalita March 29, 2010, 9:54 pm

    The flowers are cute! They remind of those koosh balls they had way back when. That’s what I thought it was when i read the entry after this one (i saw it before this one), so I was like why does she have a koosh ball on her place mat? LOL

  • lucie March 29, 2010, 11:23 pm

    oh those flowers look beautiful. so bright & colorful. 🙂

  • Susan March 30, 2010, 9:37 am

    Bookmarked!! That sounds awesome 🙂

    I love having flowers around too, but I can never bring myself to pay money for them. I should though!

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