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 …

The Magic of Nutritional Yeast

The conundrum with veganism is the fundamental lack of cheese. Let's face it, even if we find cow's milk utterly repulsive, most of us have a weakness for cheese. With an endless array of varieties, textures and flavors cheese is one of those foods that most people adore. Creamy and rich and melty good. No doubt the reason many vegetarians don't make that leap is because of cheese.

Here are some simple substitutes which may satisfy that craving.

Hummus. Straight from the package this stuff is delicious. Creamy, silky, rich and flavorful. Not only does it pack exceptional taste, it's also has practical applications. It keeps the beans from rolling off the bread on a bean sandwich.

Peanut butter or almond butter. Much like hummus it too, can help make a vegan sandwich structurally sound. It lends a smooth, rich texture and tons of flavor. Nut butters also play well with stimulating counterpoints like garlic faux bacon.

Nutritional yeast is often touted as the vegan cheese. There are numerous vegan mac and cheese recipes which utililize it as the main ingredient. Sprinkle it on chili for a cheddar like topping. Add some hot sauce for kick. Mix it with dill pickles on a sandwich for a tart and cheesy goo. Combine it with hummus for an indulgent cheese like sauce. Go nuts and use yeast, hummus and pickle. It's amazing.

Mix peanut butter, garlic powder and yeast for an out of this world toast topper. Combiine spicy mustard, yeast, olive oil and hot sauce for an awesome awesome dressing.

Add it to polenta for a new dimension. Mix it in black bean burgers. Nutritional yeast is that one ingredient that goes in almost anything and never fails to make to it that much better.

Experiment with various flavor profiles. Go crazy. Let us know your favorite.