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 Pinto Bean Panini

This a toasted roll sandwich that is sure to hit the spot when you want something warm and hearty. It's vegetarian as it uses cheddar cheese, but could easily be made vegan with vegan cheese or remove the cheese and replace with nutritional yeast.

Rather than using a panini press I used a frying pan. I split the keiser roll in half and put the bottom into the pan and covered with the cheese first and then the beans. Cover with a lid and lightly toast on low heat.

Once bottom is crisp and cheese partially melted (about 2-3 minutes) add pickles and the top of roll then carefully flip, cover again with lid and lightly toast the other side. Once bread is toasty and cheese is melted immediately remove from pan. Slice in half and savor the warm gooey goodness.

Beans make a great sandwich. With or without cheese. Bean sandwiches are one of my favorite meals. They are easy to make. They taste great. Are very nutritious and they keep me full for hours.

Careful when toasting. Under toasted is better than over toasted. When making a bean sandwich, it's best to leave about a 1/4 inch margin around the edges. Beans tend to fall out much less this way.

Beans sandwiches taste best when you add the sandwich toppings that you love most. Onions, relish, artichokes, mexicorn, avocado. Whatever you love on sandwiches is what you should use to top your bean sandwich. Experminent with various flavor combinations. I can tell you what flavor I love and how to make my ideal sandwich, but you must discover your perfect combo for yourself.