Dips and Spreads 12 results

Vegan Lentil Walnut Pate: Perfect Party Food

This is the perfect party food plus it's good for you!Did you know that walnuts, which even look like little brains, are really good for your brain function?  Yep, true.  The Omega-3 fatty acids, among other nutrients, support good brain health and with dementia a growing public health threat, we need all the healthy brains we can get.This walnut-lentil pate, which even meat lovers will praise, makes brain food a delicious treat all year-round and is yet another recipe that makes use of ...

Yellow Indian Woman Herb Bean Dip

Yellow Indian Woman beans, from Rancho Gordo, sound earth-centered and soulful somehow.  Truthfully, you can probably substitute any flavorful beans and enjoy a tasty dip but the name alone makes this recipe seem way more exotic. This bean was originally grown by Native Americans -- likely by women -- in Montana.Beans are a wonderful source of nutritious deliciousness, and heirlooms bridge us to the past. In fact, a bean thought to be left by the Anasazi Indians was found in a cave in New ...

Pumpkin Seed “Cheeze” (Non-Dairy) with Garlic and Herbs

Here's another vegan fermented “cheeze,” this one nut-free for those who do not want or cannot eat tree nuts like cashews or almonds.  Pumpkin seeds are a great source of fiber, protein, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and potassium.  They are also reported to help lower cholesterol and address cardiac issues.Tasty as a dip, filling for pasta (think stuffed shells or cannelloni), or in grilled sandwiches, this cheeze packs a punch with lots of fresh garlic, spicy ...

More Fish-Friendly Vegan ‘Tuna’ Salad… This Time with Tofu

Oddly, though I ate my share of tuna fish salad before going vegan, usually on toast, it was not close to my top sandwich choice.  These days, I find myself enjoying the vegan versions far more than I ever did actual fish-based recipes.Real tuna are being rapidly depleted by overfishing, with some Bluefin varieties pushing extinction.  Plus, tuna often contains mercury and other metals that come from our contaminated seas.  And many state tuna feel pain as they are slaughtered. Just a ...

No Egg Salad, School Lunchbox Style

Long a staple of classic lunchtime fare, egg salad evokes simple times and a certain mid-20th century mentality, when it was best known for filling Wonder Bread sandwiches covered in waxed paper and stashed in metal lunch boxes accompanied by plastic thermoses (way before Lunchables and juice boxes).Having given up eggs, this no-egg salad will rekindle the memories (or start some new ones) without any chickens involved (and no risk of egg-borne pathogens like salmonella).To amp up the ...

Tangy Non-Dairy Cheesy Spreads: Your Mouth (and Crackers) Will Thank You

By now, even the semi-sleepy among us know that some people don’t eat dairy.  There are lots of reasons for this, which deserve a post of their own.  So, while some people have been dipping and spreading to their hearts’ content, folks who have jumped off the dairy train have seemingly been destined to miss the tanginess, creaminess and umami-ness of a rich soft spreadable cheese.As we recently reported, fortunately, there are now companies that make dairy-free cultured products ...

Classic Tuna Salad – Minus the Fish (Vegan)

What could be more retro and comforting than a tuna salad sandwich?  Chunky tuna, tangy mayo, chopped celery on toasted bread with a pickle and chips on the side?  Yum.Yet, not only is tuna one of those mercury-heavy fish (not so good for anyone, especially kids), the unrelenting quest for sandwiches has meant countless dolphins, turtles, sharks, seabirds and more snared in the tuna trawls along with massive amount of bycatch (that’s the industry word for marine life caught as a ...

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa – Just Add Chips

This slightly spicy green salsa really hits the spot on a hot day, along with a bowl of chips and a cold drink.  The charred, tangy taste of the tomatillos with the just-right heat of jalapenos makes an addictive combination and a nice alternative from tomato-based salsas.  We like to make it in the morning so it’s chilled by day’s end when we’re ready to kick back.  Great with tacos too.Tomatillos, in their neat little husks, need to be de-husked then washed well before using ...

Red Hot Sauce For Now and Later

We've got something of a spicy addiction and this hot sauce is just the fix.  You can make any size batch - from a  single bottle to a case or more.  It ages well (we have some aging for years) but can be enjoyed immediately.Depending upon your tolerance, dare to experiment with all hots or, for those born to be mild, try a mix of sweet and hot peppers.  Don't be afraid to experiment -- this "recipe" is hard to get wrong.  Thickness, flavor and saltiness are all a matter of personal ...

Who’s a Fool? Ful Medames Recipe (Fava Beans w/ Garlic)

We're suckers for foods that are not everyday staples, especially beans.  This recipe uses fava beans which, for the vast majority of people, are tasty and nutritious.  (We do note the very real condition known as favism, a serious hereditary allergic reaction, meaning those suffering obviously should avoid them.)This  Ful Medames version is basic and quick -- lemon, garlic, olive oil and parsley -- but traditional variations abound (including long-simmered with tomatoes, ...