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.


Ingredients
1 can Great Northern Beans
1/2 block silken …

Microwave Potatoes

These new potatoes arrived at the market recently. They come in classic russet and sweet too. They are individually wrapped in a plastic cover. The label proclaims you can microwve them in the plastic and offers simple microwaving instructions. They cost more than your traditional loose potatoes.

Now I'm not a fan of microwaving food to begin with, but this is just crazy. The most egregious gimmick so far of the food industry trying to bilk the consumer out of more of their hard earned money.

You have always been able to microwave potatoes. I personally recommend against it. But it can easily be done without any special packaging. You simply wash the potatoes are you normally wood and pierce each one a few times with a fork. Then cook in the microwave on high for roughly 5-10 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes and the quantity. There are no special tools required.

There's no need to spend extra for a potato shrink wrapped in "special" plastic. Just buy the regular kind.

The ideal way to cook any potato is either in the oven or on the grill. But if you must resort to using the microwave save yourself some money. Don't fall for that plastic wrapped potato trick. All potatoes are microwavable. Just poke and nuke.

The food industry is sneaky, evil and greedy. They'll take any opportunity to charge you more for the same item. Don't become one of their many victims.