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 …

Vegan Chese Sauce

Here's an idea for a simple cheese like vegan sauce. You can make it thicker or thinner depending on your needs.

1 part nutritional yeast
1/2 part peanut butter
1/4 part white vinegar

It'll be tangy and cheesy and somewhat fatty and creamy. Using hummus or almond butter instead of peanut butter might be a nice variation. I can also imagine adding some hot sauce instead of vinegar. Sounds good in theory, though I've not tried it.

A simple combination of just yeast and non cow milk is also not bad. But it really does well with the addition of fat. Blend together the yeast, soy milk and some vegetable shortening and now you're cooking.

That's the rub with being vegan. Satiating that cheese craving. Some good hummus on its o goes a long way toward achieving that. There are also some nice vegan mac and cheese recipes out there. It's not hard. Basically you just replace the yellow cheese pouch with yeast. Of course you use soy or almond milk and vegan magarine. A little bit of spicy brown mustard is a nice touch.

There are also some great vegan cheeses out there. Daiya is famous for being a great vegan cheese. I've never had the pleasure. It's hard to come by and very pricey. I'm sure it's wonderful if you're willing to pay the price.

But with a little imagination and a small effort you can create some tasty substitutes that are much more economical.