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 …

Upate On Vegan Hair Care

This is an update to a previous post. I've been using vinegar as hair conditioner now for several months. I read somewhere on the internet, on some vegan site no doubt, that vinegar is great for conditioning your hair. I had already heard it was good for replacing fabric softener, so I was game. I was having terrible dandruff problems of late. I didn't understand why, since it was a relatively new issue.

So I had to assume it was my conditioner. Or that I was conditioning too often. I usually wash my hair every other day and condition each time. I had been using Dove conditioner in conjunction with off brand baby shampoo.

All my life I've washed my hair with baby shampoo. I always figured it was less harsh. I sometimes... once every few months will wash with a different shampoo. Just to mix things us.

I decided to try vinegar as a conditioner just to see what would happen. I applied liberal amounts after my shower and ran it through my hair. Using my fingers to work it through and release any tangles or loose hairs. I did not rinse the vinegar out.

After a few weeks my dandruff was quite diminished. Virtually nil. My hair was soft. It was also more natural. It had its old bounce and curl that commercial conditioner had weighed down and eliminated.

Overall I am quite pleased with how the vinegar has conditioned my hair. It's shiny, bouncy and much less frizzy. Even when it's humid and rainy I get great results. It retains its natural waves and curls. It's soft to the touch. There is no odor. The aroma dissipates after 15-20 minutes. Best of all it's super low cost and animal friendly.

It's of note that I do not style or blow dry my hair. So your results might be different.