Vegan Aioli

I was looking for something creamy to use as a spread and a sauce. I also wanted to incorporate extra protein and potassium.

I've learned that kidney beans have a lot of potassium, but I didn't have any kidney beans. I did have great northern beans. They don't have quite as much, but they do still boast a fair amount. White beans in general are a pretty good source of it.

This is a spicy puree that's got a creamy texture and a lot of flavor. You can use it as a dip, a spread, a sauce. It can add richness and flavor to almost anything.

It's simple to make. You just puree all the ingredients in your food process and then let it rest for a few hours in the fridge. When you're not cooking with heat resting in the fridge is pretty important. It helps the flavors coalesce. So when tasting (tasting as you go is a must) you need to keep in mind that everything will gain some intensity during that resting period.


Ingredients
1 can Great Northern Beans
1/2 block silken …

Soy Ramen

Ramen noodles are one of the cheapest foods meant for human consumption known in American. Soy sauce is totally free whenever you order Chinese food just save any unused packets. The trouble is that Ramen, all flavor, tend to taste the same. Here's a tasty way to change them up.

Ingredients

2 packets soy sauce
1 package oriental flavor top ramen noodles
1 can chick peas (garbanzo beans)
1/4 cup frozen broccoli
3 cloves garlic minced
zest of one orange


Fill a medium sized sauce pot half way with water. Put on high heat. break ramen brick into 3 or 4 pieces. Add to water. Add ramen flavor packet to water. Stir to combine.

Coat the bottom of a medium size frying pan with water. Add broccoli and cook until broccoli is heated through (approximately 7 minutes).

Your ramen are probably almost done by now. Add one packet soy sauce and zest from half the orange to cooking noodles. Stir. Cook one minute more before killing heat.

Remove broccoli from pan onto a temporary resting area. Dump cooking water. Return pan to stove on medium heat. Add one packet soy sauce and your garlic. Cook garlic in sauce for 2 minutes then add your chick peas. Season with pepper. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Stirring to coat chick peas in soy sauce.

Add broccoli pack to pan of chick peas and garlic. Combing all ingredients. Add the other half of the zest from the orange. Stir and turn off heat.

Pour chick pea/broccoli combo into ramen pot. Simmer to warm everything through.

A unique taste of Asia from simple, inexpensive ingredients. The combination of the soy sauce and orange zest gives this entree a flavorful and savory feel. I couldn't stop snarfing mine down.