Since 1999 our friends around the world have joined us (Zel and Reuben Allen) at vegparadise.com to explore all things vegetarian, or should we say vegan. In this Vegparadise Blog we hope to engage you in our quest to create a more compassionate vegan world.
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Our opening salvo in this glorious spot is a unique recipe--Yin Yang Nutty Bean Spread--one that's a guaranteed showstopper at any party. It just happens to be one of the 150 recipes in that fabulously unique cookbook (oops, we already said that) The Nut Gourmet. We had to include a photo instead of saying, "See what we mean.)
Prepare two unique, savory spreads and take the Chinese yin-yang approach to an appealing presentation that represents an ideal balance of life's opposites. The macadamia-filled Chunky Cannellini Mac Spread sings a masculine hot, light, and active yang song while the Walnutty Black Bean Spread balances with a feminine cool, dark, and passive yin song. Place them side-by-side on a dish, forming the traditional yin-yang symbol. And, remember, since nothing is completely yin or yang, form a small spoonful of each spread into a small ball and place it on the opposite color.
YIN-YANG NUTTY BEAN SPREAD
Yield: about 4 cups
Chunky Cannellini Mac Spread
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans (white kidney beans), drained
3/4 cup macadamia nuts
2 teaspoons seasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1. Combine all the ingredients in the food processor and process until thick and slightly chunky. Stop the machine occasionally to scrape down the sides of the work bowl.
2. If you prefer a smoother spread, first process the macadamia nuts into a paste in the food processor. Then add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth.
3. Transfer to one side of a serving dish and set it aside. Wash and dry the processor work bowl and blade.
Walnutty Black Bean Spread
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2/3 cup walnuts
1 tablespoon umeboshi plum vinegar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
1. Combine the beans, walnuts, vinegar, water, cumin, chili powder, and salt in the food processor and process until smooth. Stop the machine occasionally to scrape down the sides of the work bowl.
2. Add the onion flakes and pulse until they are incorporated. Transfer to the serving dish beside the Chunky Cannellini Mac Spread and form the two spreads into the yin-yang symbol. Covered with plastic wrap and stored in the refrigerator, leftover Yin-Yang Nutty Bean Spread will keep for about one week.
• If there is a fair amount of leftover spread, you may want to reshape the yin-yang symbol on the dish prior to storing it.