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 …

Broccoli Rabe with Tomato Sauce

Broccoli rabe was 99 cents a pound at the supermarket last week, so I figured I'd give it a try. I like most leafy greens. I also had some cumin seed and was eager to try that out as well. I found the cumin really good, but the rabe a little bitter. Not horrible, but more bitter than the kale and mustard greens I usually eat. What I also found was that they taste a million times better when tomato sauce is involved. I guess tomato sauce can pretty much make anything good.

Ingredients
1 lb broccoli rabe
6 cloves garlic sliced thin
2 tsps cumin seed
1 cup your favorite jar tomato sauce
salt and pepper
olive oil

Rinse your broccoli rabe thoroughly under cool running water. Cut off thick end stems and discard. Rough chop the rest.

Slice your garlic into thin ovals.

Coat a large skillet with 1 tsp olive oil and heat on medium-low for 2 minutes. Add cumin seed, cover and cook 1 minute. Add garlic, stir, cover and cook 2 more minutes.

Add broccoli rabe. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook uncovered 4-5 minutes more (or until greens have wilted to about 1/3 their original size), stirring a few times during.

Immediately remove from pan to a room temp storage container. Pour tomato sauce on top. Stir. Sprinkle with some fresh cumin seeds. Cover container. Let sit at least five minutes before serving. Or once cooled store in fridge and it's delicious chilled or reheated.

It's a great addition to a bean sandwich, pasta salad or fresh tossed salad.