|Warm and Cheesy White Bean Pesto Dip|
The worst thing of all about those kind of weeks is that I feel pretty run-down by the end of it. It's counter-intuitive really; you're running errands, going to work and crossing stuff off the perpetual to-do list, but at what cost?
I recently had an "Aha!" moment when I smugly looked at my to-do list one night thinking I had done a great job. I realized that the 3 things that didn't get done were: 1) work out 2) personal devotion/quiet time 3) cook dinner. The three things on the list that I most enjoy and pertain to me or my family's personal health and joy. It hit me hard. There is a tremendous amount of guilt when you have to say "no" to something for the sake of yourself and your family. I'm not advocating being self-centered here. I truly believe that serving and giving back to the world requires sacrifice, but when did sacrificing myself become alright to do all the time? I'm still learning the perfect balance.
Now it's time to get off the soapbox and put on my apron. Recently I put down the to-do list, and set aside an afternoon to be in the kitchen and perfect this amazing recipe. I made 2 batches, tweaking and tasting along the way and came up with a real winner (especially now that football season is here and everyone loves snacking.) This is a *Girl From Scratch exclusive original recipe here folks. I hope you enjoy!
Warm and Cheesy White Bean Pesto Dip
|Cast of Characters: Cannellini beans, fresh garlic, light sour cream, store-bought pesto (you can use homemade if you have it), mozzarella, parmesan, or any white Italian cheese.|
|Drain and rinse beans. Put in pan with garlic and a splash of olive oil. Heat through.|
|Once heated place beans in food processor with 2 tablespoons of sour cream. This helps loosen up the beans when they get a little dense.|
|Add 2 tablespoons of pesto. Salt and pepper to taste.|
|Spread into a baking dish and sprinkle with cheese. I used shredded cheese and then topped that with grated cheese.|
|Place in the oven on BROIL for 3-5 minutes. Watch carefully the broiler is fast!|
|This is me diving in with a chip, I may or may not have eaten the entire pan...|
Nail Color: OPI : Uh-Oh Roll Down The Window
This recipe is quite tasty and a lot of fun to create. I'm really glad I took some time in the kitchen to revive my soul and give me energy for the rest of my busy week. I definitely haven't mastered the perfect balance of life, work, me and others but I'm learning. If you have figured it out will you pass it along? :-)