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 …

Red Wine Braised Lentils and Barley

You can never go wrong with lentils. At least that's my thinking. Lentils are always tasty and satisfying. They also are a blank canvas upon which you can layer any flavors you desire. They will readily soak them up and reward you with superb taste and texture.

Try cooking your lentils in a onion/garlic broth that utilizes what we would normally discard. Save your onion skins and garlic clove skins. Simmer then for at least 15 minutes in 2 cups of water and 1 tsp of salt. Simmer longer if necessary. Until the broth smells quite oniony.

Ingredients
1/4 cup dry lentils
1/4 cup dry pearl barley
1/3 cup red wine
7 cloves minced garlic
1/2 medium onion minced
1 medium tomato diced
1/3 cup three color frozen bell pepper with onions
2 tsp Ms. Dash salt free chipotle seasoning
Salt, pepper to taste

Add your barley to the broth, ms. dash and another tsp of salt. Also add several good grinds of black pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes. Then add your lentils.

Cook 5 more minutes and then add your wine.

Continue cooking for 10 minutes longer. Then add onion, tomato, frozen pepper mixture and garlic.

Simmer for 2-3 more minutes until the onions are tender and the frozen stuff is warmed through.

Remove from heat and finish with fresh parsley or cilantro. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.