When Mr. Eat Beautiful and I were first married we liked to eat homemade 7-Layer Dip as our whole dinner, once in a while. Homemade guacamole, homegrown tomatoes from the hot Texas soil (we then lived on), beans…. lovely!
What a fun meal: interactive, casual and packed with flavor in every bite!
Years later, as we learned more about nutrition, Tillamook orange cheddar was replaced by grass-fed raw cheese; and who-knows-what-kind of sour cream was replaced with probiotic-rich grass-fed sour cream.
The strata created by layers of nutrient-dense toppings is a great crowd pleaser, especially as the weather gets hot. We want cold foods that nourish. However, our legume-free diet needed one more tweak: a bean-free base.
If you are no-legume, too, for one reason or another, I think you’ll like this fun Paleo version of the bean layer. The bean layer is not brown like pinto beans; it’s a very pale green from peeled zucchini. If you can adjust to the color difference I think you’ll be pleased with the flavor!