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.

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 …

Vegetarian Dirty Rice with Pinto Beans

The knorr dirty rice ingredients either changed or I only just noticed it contains chicken fat.

Zatarrain's dirty rice is vegan/vegetarian as of Dec 27, 2011.

dirty rice I recently tried knorr dirty rice. Interesting flavors. It's definitely vegetarian. And almost vegan. It has some milk (less than 2% of ingredients). So, not a bad choice at all. It also has some interesting flavors. I crave interesting and unique flavor since stopping meat consumption about a year ago.

The trick with rice packets is to add other stuff to them. To bulk them up and to add texture and flavor. You don't want to eat just a bowl of rice. And you don't have to.

1 packet knorr dirty rice mix
1/3 cup frozen cauliflower
1/3 cup frozen mustard greens
1/2 cup canned, rinsed pinto beans

Prepare rice packet as per package directions, adding mustard greens at the same time. When rice/green mix has come to a boil, lower heat and cook at a simmer about 4 minutes more.

Add cauliflower. Cook 3 minutes more. Add beans. Cook 2 minutes longer.

The dirty rice has a very mild cajun spice flavor. It hits the spot when you want something spicy, but not hot.

Adding the mustard greens really livens things up. It can be kale or spinach or turnip greens. But dirty rice deserves some kind of dark leafy green. They belong together.

The cauliflower provides vitamin c and a good crunch. be careful to cook cauliflower as little as possible. vitamin c is diminished with cooking.

the beans are packed with protein and a fair amount of iron. Anyway, rice and beans go together like love and marriage.

All are very inexpensive add ins. the total cost for this dish is probably around $3.00 in the most expensive location. And that $3.00 will yield around 3-5 meals.