Dijon Horseradish Sauce

I was just looking to create a sauce for roasted potatoes and broccoli to jazz them up a bit. Some kind of potato salad twist type thing.

I landed on a mustard based sauce since I had a fresh bottle of dijon. You know what they say, use what you have. That advice applies now more than ever, under current circumstances.

This is super easy to put together. Whisk together a few ingredients and you're all set. Keep those potatoes moist and delicious. A lighter, fresher variation on classic potato salad. And, of course, vegan.

2 tbls dijon mustard
2 tbls apple cider vinegar
2 tbls hot sauce
1 tbl horseradish
2 tsps salt
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsps turmeric
2 tbls olive oil

Whisk together all ingredients except olive oil.

Drizzle in the oil while whisking until a nice emulsion is formed.

I created this for roasted potatoes and broccoli, but this sauce has endless possibilities. It's tangy, spicy and a little bit creamy. Go nuts with it!

Big Bad Beans

One of the main things that's wrong with the world today is how we perceive beans. They are thought of as a side dish or a poor substitute for missing meat. The fact is they ought to be the star of your dishes.

Even vegetarians and vegans are guilty of this crime. Trying endlessly to transmogrify beans into some sort of pseudo meat alternative. With bean burgers and soy faux meat products.

I say let the beans shine. Don't try to make them into something they're not. Don't waste time trying to morph them into a substitute for dead cow or murdered chicken.

Beans deserve better.

They are so healthy and delicious on their own. We should be savoring them rather than trying to alter them to resemble something they are not.

I dare you to swap out beans in any place you would normally use meat and not be amazed at how much better it is.

Make yourself a bean sandwich. A bean patty. A bean loaf. A bean salad. The bean plays second fiddle to no one. Embrace the bean and it will embrace you.

My favorite meal by far is a black bean sandwich. I can't think of anything I'd rather eat. Rye bread. Hummus (which is made from beans and seeds). Onion. Lettuce. Cheese. It doesn't get better than that.

Pasta Alfredo with beans. Romaine salad with beans. Saffron rice with beans. Ramen with beans. Tofu Chinese food. Mac and cheese and beans. No doubt about it. Beans rock. They kick ass wherever they go.

But the bean sandwich kicks the most ass by far.