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 …

Manwich is Vegan

Manwich brand sauce mix is vegan. The new chunky one is especially good. The original flavor it good too. Manwich is an easy way to make a vegan meal quickly. I like to cook and experiment and all that, but sometimes I just want fast and simple. This recipe will work for those times.

1 can manwich
1/2 box pasta
beans of choice
nutritional yeast

Manwich already has lotsa vegetables in it. You don't have to add any. Of course you can if you want. Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peas would all go really well.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water. Set aside.

Return pasta pot to burner. Add manwich mix, nutritional yeast and beans. Cover and heat on medium low for 5 minutes. Stirring occasionaly.

Add pasta back to pot. Stir. Cover. Heat for 5 minutes more.

If you wish to add additional vegetables add them when you add the beans.

If you like really spicy, add some hot sauce in the last two minutes of the cooking process. or some chili peppers when you add the bean. Extra garlic can never be wrong. A splash of vinegar is not a bad addition. Vegans don't eat regular cheese, but if you're a vegetarian who eats cheese some cheddar, mozzarella and/or parmesaen would also go very nicely.