Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Cannellini Bean, Rosemary and Garlic Spread

I say 'spread' but you could use this in so many ways - it makes a nice mash substitute, a great dip or can even be thinned down with hot chicken stock into a super speedy soup. Try it in a roast chicken sandwich on some good wholemeal bread with a handful of salad leaves for a delicious lunch.

Ingredients:
1 tin of cannellini (navy) beans
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of light soft cheese
1 clove garlic
A good handful of fresh rosemary

Put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender an blitz until smooth. Dish out and serve.

Arthritis diet notes:
Cannellini beans are an excellent source of vegetarian protein, fibre, folate and magnesium all of which are important in a healthy diet with arthritis. The magnesium in beans and pulses helps develop and maintain healthy bones. Three heaped tablespoons (about 1/4 of this dip) count as one portion of your 5-a-day and about a third of your magnesium needs.

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