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.

1 can Great Northern Beans
1/2 block silken …

Easy Vegan Bean Sandwich

It's kinda hard to eat most beans in a sandwich straight out of the can. They tend to roll off the bread. If you have the time it's always tasty to mash them up with some aromatics and spices to make a sticky substance that will hold to the bread. Or drown them in a delicious sauce that will keep them glued to your roll.

However if you don't feel like it at the moment and still crave a tasty vegan bean sandwich there is a solution to get the beans and bread to your mouth in unison.


Thick bagel, hoagie roll or the like
1/3 any variety or combo of beans you like
1 dill pickle (1/2 sliced into chips) optional
Vegan salad dressing - also optional

The trick to this is the thick bread. Carefully pull out the meat of the bottom piece of sandwich bread. Making sure to leave some edging in place to hold your beans inside. Basically you want a tunnel through the center of the bottom half of the bagel. If you watch the food network show Good Eats you may remember Alton Brown did this to hold in his tuna on his sub.

Pile your beans into the moat you've created for them. Lightly drizzle with dressing if desired. Arrange your pickle slices, if desired, in a fan pattern over your beans and dressing. Eat the other half of your pickle as a side to your sammie. Sprinkle with your favorite spices. Pepper and garlic are good combo. Garlic and basil. Thyme and basil. Paprika and pepper. The possibilities are endless.

Put the lid on your sandwich, slice in half and enjoy a quick and easy vegan bean sandwich for breakfast, lunch or dinner.