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 …

Black Bean Burgers

I'm thinking about maybe black bean burgers. I love black beans. They are my favorite bean. And quite frankly, I'm sick of so many restaurants and food companies making vegetarian burgers with eggs in them. I know that eggs are technically vegetarian, but I find that quite sad. I think eggs are a much crueler food choice than say scallops or shrimp. I don't eat scallops or shrimp either, but if forced to choose between those and eggs I'd have to choose either scallops of shrimp.

I fail to see how tortured egg laying hens are a kinder choice than brainless bivalves and bottom feeders. I mean, that is, if you're a vegetarian for the purpose of being kind to animals. Egg laying hens are severely tortured. And even if you eat cruelty free eggs from a local farm, the eggs in other foods you might consume are from who knows where.

Anyway, that was a tangent. I know that Gardenburger makes a black bean burger free of eggs, but I can't see spending $5 on 4 frozen burgers that have virtually no flavor. I think I can make a much tastier black bean burger. My evidence... my extremely delicious black bean salad.

I shall endeavour to concoct my black bean burgers free of eggs as a binding agent. I'm thinking some polenta will do the trick. Some panko breadcrumbs with also come to the party. What else... I'm still not sure.

But it will be delicious and egg free and vegetarian and you will envy me because of it.