Simple Black Bean Spread

Eating “bread” (aka sandwiches) for lunch everyday is standard in Holland. A common sandwich usually involves buttering your bread plus one ‘topping’. So: cheese + butter; jam + butter; “syrup” + butter; peanut butter + butter. No peanut butter AND jelly, no meat AND cheese. Adding more than one veggie to your sandwich? No no no no. Apparently it’s some kind of lunchtime sacrilege. I digress. Generally, if going vegan in Holland, you have to get creative with what you put on your sandwiches. Enter- the (very easy) black bean spread:

Ingredients (makes enough for sandwiches for the week for two people):

  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1 onion, chopped into chunks
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender/food processor… and blend/process away! The end result should be pretty creamy but still have a few chunks here in there
  2. Spread on bread alone, or add some salsa to spice things up even more!

Eet smakelijk!


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