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 …

Creamy Vegetarian Pasta

Here's a simple and quick vegetarian recipe. It's lacto-vegetarian. It only uses milk. It tastes really creamy and hearty, is easy to prepare and best of all, very inexpensive.

1 can Campbell's Cream of Asparagus Soup
(or similar vegetarian cream of asparagus soup)
1 soup can worth of low fat animal friendly milk
1/2 a box of pasta
6 cloves roughly chopped garlic
2 tbls spicy mustard
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp pepper
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup frozen carrots
1/3 cup frozen broccoli

Cook pasta according to package directions. Cook til not quite done though. Drain and set aside in a storage container to keep warm. Use a container big enough to store the entire dish in when you're done.

Add pasta pot back to warm burner and set to medium. Add soup and milk and bring to a strong simmer. Add frozen veg and continue to simmer five minutes more. Stirring occasionally.

Add pasta back to soup/veg pot. Adding slowly to thoroughly combine. Also add chopped garlic and olive oil. and simmer on medium high 3 minutes more stirring often.

Add spices. Stir. Remove from heat.

Serve immediately or add to storage container for later.

add your favorite beans for a heartier version. but with all the milk it's already a complete protein. it's also pretty low fat. and tastes great.