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.

Ingredients
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!


Aldi Black Bean Burgers (Season's Choice)

I tried Aldi's own brand of veggie burger. I opted for the chipotle black bean variety. For $2.49 I figured why the hell not give it a chance. It's in the frozen section near the real meats. It has 150 calories, which seems a little high, but not terribly so. The ingredients aren't too bad. First two are black beans and brown rice. So that's good. The rest are mostly unoffensive. It didn't appear to contain eggs for those who are trying to avoid chicken abortions. It is processed in a plant where eggs, milk and fish are also processed.

It was a little greasy. Nothing off putting, but it was noticeable. I think the extra fat actually enhanced the flavor a lot because it did taste really good. I had mine mixed in with my salad. While pre-made veggie patties aren't the ideal food, sometimes you just want something easy and tasty.

As a fan of heat and spice, I didn't find them spicy at all. But I've come to expect that from all commercial foods claiming to be spicy.

In my mind I was comparing them to other veggies patties. Quorn patties and light life patties are two of my favorites. This was different, but equally as satisfying. It kinda tasted like something you might make yourself at home. It had the flavor of the rice, beans and oil. Which for my part, is a good thing.

While heavily processed foods (even vegetarian and vegan) are never a good idea too often, they are a nice junk food treat once in a while. Overall, I enjoyed it and would purchase again. It's a good value, has good flavor and is quite convenient.

I saw some faux chicken patties there once too. I'm hoping to find them again and give them a try as well.