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 …

Kale and Corn Salsa

Let's make veggies tasty and easy and convenient. We'll use frozen vegetables to create a quick, easy and tasty salsa style blend. Great on sandwiches, by itself or mixed with beans and/or nuts.

1/2 frozen chopped kale
1/3 cup frozen bell peppers
1/2 cup frozen yellow corn niblets
2 tbls white or red vinegar
2 tsp olive oil divided into 1 tsp portions
salt and pepper
4 cloves garlic
1/3 cup chick peas
1 ounce almonds (optional)

Add 1 tsp olive oil to a medium non-stick fry pan and heat on medium. When oil is hot add garlic and saute one minute.

Add kale and corn. Cover and cook three minutes. Add a few shakes of salt and pepper. Add peppers. Cook three minutes more.

Few shakes more salt and pepper.

Remove from pan to storage container.

Dress with vinegar, olive oil and additional salt and pepper to taste.

Stir in chick peas and almonds (or other nuts and beans you favor).

Dress immediately if serving soon. Let sit 10-15 minutes to cool. Then eat and enjoy.

Dress before eating if storing in fridge and eating a serving at a time.