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 …

Frozen Garden Salad

There's something very important missing from the world. A good frozen vegetable salad blend. Salad is great. Especially in the warm weather. Who doesn't love a crispy, crunchy, fresh salad. I used to get great salad at the local Cheeburger. But that closed down. I also used to get a great salad at the A&P, but it's no so great anymore.

Assembling a fresh salad from scratch is an expensive prospect. Gotta buy romaine, bell peppers, red onions, carrots, cucumber. Or romaine, olives, croutons, tomato. Not to mention dressing. I just use plain vinegar and nutritional yeast. But most folks want more. By the time you purchase all the components, which has to be at least $15. Then you gotta take them home and wash them and chop them and mix it all together. And you wind up with weeks worth of salad if you're not a family of at least 4. Otherwise half of your money and time spent will just rot and go in the garbage.

Frozen vegetable are great because you can get the taste of fresh without the threat of rot. I used them to make pasta salad. But in pasta salad I usually like broccoli and cauliflower and green peas. In tossed romaine salad not so much.

What I really need is to be able to buy a bag of frozen tossed green salad veggies. The romaine lettuce would have to be bought fresh, but everything else should just be in one simple frozen veg bag. Onions, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber. That would be aweseome. Or onions, carrots, peppers and olives. I wouldn't mind radishes either. Red cabbage isn't bad. Variations along that vein. That's what's missing from the world.

So hey internet? Are you listening? Someone make that and I will buy it.