Tofu Garlic Vegan Mayo

I don't currently have the luxury of a lot of ingredients lying around. The coronavirus has turned everything on its head. Still, I'm trying to find comfort in familiar hobbies like cooking and origami.

What I did have was half a package of silken firm tofu that needed to be used and a whole head of garlic that wasn't getting any younger. That is the inspiration for this recipe. That, and my love of all things creamy and garlicky.

Ingredients
1/2 package silken firm tofu, drained
8 cloves garlic, stems removed
1 habanero, deseeded
1 serrano
3 tbls olive oil
3 tbls white vinegar
1 tbl salt
1/2 can chick peas, drained and rinsed

Puree all ingredients in your food processor until a creamy mixture is the result.

It's great right away, but you can chill it in the fridge for a few hours to thicken and let the flavors coalesce.

This is extremely garlic forward and also hot from the chiles. Because the mayo is tofu based and tofu has no flavor of its own, the full on flavor …

Progresso Vegetarian Soups

How long has progresso been labelling their vegetable soups as either vegetarian or non-vegetarian? Cuz I could swear that maybe 6 months ago they put no such warnings at the top of the ingredient list. But I'm not all that observant. Still it's certainly nice that they do, whenever it started.

It's strange that vegetable soup isn't always vegetarian. It's a confusing and quirky world in which we live. One cannot assume because it says veg on the front that's it's truly veg inside. Most prepackaged rice mixes aren't either. There's lotsa stuff you can casually grab in the supermarket thinking it's animal-free when infact, it's anything but. To truly avoid animal products one must vigilantly read ingredients lists. A daunting task at times, considering how lengthy some can be.

But here is a little help. Some items I've found that are safe.

Campbell's Select Southwestern Style Vegetable Soup (vegan).
Progresso Garden Vegetable, not regular vegetable
Progresso Lentil, regular or 99% Fat Free
Rice a Roni Spanish Rice
Rice a Roni Fried Rice
Knorr Red Beans and Rice
Knorr Teriyaki Rice (vegan)
Most Near East Rice and Cous Cous Mixes (vegan). Read individual packages. Many flavors are, some may not be.
Campbell's Condensed Cream of Asparagus Soup, Cream of Broccoli, Cream of Mushroom, Cream of Celery.
Progresso Tomato Rotini Soup
Campbell's Condensed Tomato Soup (vegan)
Top Ramen Oriental Flavor (vegan)
Simply Organic Pesto Sauce Mix (vegan if you don't add any parmesan, vegetarian if you add kraft grated parmesan)

I specify kraft grated parmesan because they explicitly told me theirs is animal free. others may also be. you need to check with the maker. many are not.
Still, ingredients and recipes can change at any time. Always double check.