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 …

Garlic Galore

Do you like garlic? I mean do you really like garlic? Fresh from the head. Raw uncooked cloves minced.

In my opinion there is nothing better. Chop some fresh garlic. Butter some toast with vegan margarine. Sprinkle with garlic, salt and basil.

This is also a great way to use the ends of bread. When you use the heels of the bread toasted it tastes just like garlic bread from your favorite italian restaurant.

When prepping the garlic, really mash it hard for the utmost garlic flavor. That sticky juice that oozes out is where all the flavor and healthful properties are hiding.

If you cannot tolerate raw garlic saute in olive oil for a minute or two first.

But raw garlic will offer the best allergy help. Anytime your allergies are bothering you try eating some raw garlic as described here. It will clear up your sinuses and help to drain that phlegm.

Add raw garlic to pasta salad. When you douse it in dressing you will like the taste, but still receive the healthful benefits.