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 …

Tomato Sauce Salvage

Sometime after making spaghetti I have sauce leftover. Sometimes I'll just make spaghetti again within a week or two. But there are other great uses for jarred tomato sauce you may not have thought of.

One really nice use is on a sandwich. Spread sauce on both sides fo a roll or toast. Layer with beans of your choice. Sprinke with nutritional yeast or grated cheese. Top with onion, olives and lettuce or any combo thereof.

Another great way to use leftover jar tomato sauce is on roasted potatoes. If you have a big batch of roasted potatoes and you're looking for something other than plain potatoes this will hit the spot.

Add your roasted potatoes to a bowl. Top with some beans of your choice. Spon on a few ounces of the tomato sauce. Sprinke with yeast. Some roasted vegetables if you have some. Broccoli or pepper or anything really. Something crunchy and bright. Enjoy.

Dunno if it's just me, but frozen tomato sauce is one of the most bland foods I've ever had the misfortune to consuem. The jar suggests that you use it all with a week or two or else freeze them rest. I caution you against the freezing option. Freezing and later defrosting said sauce will only serve to burden you with a tasteless batch of pureed tomato mess. Instead find a creative way to use it all up within the alloted feshness period. Spaghetti sauce is geat in so many ways. It's not hard to do. Sandwiches, mini pizzas or as a tasty sauce to top anything starchy. Beans, broccoli, rice, potatoes, bread. You name it. Add it to pretty much anyting plain and you'll be glad you did.