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 …

Pesto Sauce Packets

If you're vegan or thinking about becoming one you've no doubt heard about knorr red bell pepper pesto. It was supposedly vegan, but I cannot attest to that since it no longer exists.

What I can tell you is that Simply Organic makes a vegan pesto sauce packet. I found some at shoprite and was quite pleased. The directions say to add cheese, but the product does not contain any. Nutritional yeast can be added for a note of chessiness.

Things like this are always good to know. The more people that buy it the more likely it is to stay on the store shelves and remain true to its vegan origins.