We had our first serious rainfall this week. And that’s a good thing.
Up until now, we have had the occasional sprinkling of rain but it never seems to last for more than a few minutes and doesn’t really amount to anything. Even in the heart of so-called rainy season, I can count on one hand the number of times the sky has opened up. It makes me wonder how California manages to thrive environmentally and agriculturally in the clutches of this largely desert climate.
The drought conditions have been so severe this year that it was threatening to work it’s way into the state’s water drinking supply. Some experts were warning that we were on track for the most severe drought in over 500 years.
So when it rained this week — and it rained hard — it was both a relief and a blessing.
It was also a perfect excuse to hang out in my puffy slippers (a thing of rare beauty I tell you) and cook up a batch of these warming chipotle chips with chunky bean dip!
Bean purée is one of the most well-loved ingredients in my kitchen. We enjoy it not only as a dip with veggies and crackers but also as a spread in sandwiches and quesadillas that make a regular appearance in the boys school lunches. Versatile, nutritive and delicious, you can use any bean you like in this recipe and play around with herbs and spices to achieve the flavours that work best for you and your family. One serving of this bean & tortilla snack delivers over 10 grams of protein, 7.5 grams of fibre and barely a trace of sugar. Healthy snacking at its best.
I do recommend cooking your own beans which I recognize is more time-consuming however most pre-cooked beans continue to be sold in tin cans that are lined with BPA, a known toxin. (See my Nutrition and Cooking Notes for more information).
I tend to cook beans while I’m doing the dishes, preparing lunches, or cooking a different meal. That way, my time is well spent and I don’t feel like I’m standing there for 45 minutes watching paint dry. Cooked beans store beautifully in a covered container in the fridge.
Enjoy and Cheers to Mother Nature.