Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wildwood Zesty Garlic Aioli Goodness

When I first visited San Francisco, I saw Wildwood brand garlic aioli in the stores and I thought to myself, "Self, that sure does sound good."  And then I kept hearing about it!  So when I moved here and had the pleasure of shopping at places like Rainbow Grocery, I picked some up.  Then I looked for vehicles for this garlic mayo goodness.  Believe me, it was not difficult.

First up, from Practically Raw, I made the Mushroom-Nut Burgers that grace the upper right hand corner of that book, a page I'd had dog-eared in the book since I bought it.  I don't have a dehydrator, so I baked mine. 

Gotta love a burger that's made up of seasoned mushrooms, walnuts, veggies, flaxseed, and spices! That's really how a "veggie burger" is supposed to be, I think.  Does it taste like a burger?  Well, no.  Instead, it tastes like fresh yummy ingredients that are a terrific vehicle for the aioli so, don't mind if I do.
Not gonna lie, I ate it open-faced with some toasted bread on the bottom, which means it was even less raw than it already wasn't because I baked the burger.  Don't judge me.  I like some carbs.  This was a real winner and, like every recipe in Practically Raw, so easy to make.  I just love that book!

Here in The Mission, there are so many little groceries selling fruit and veggies, and I like one on 24th Street in particular because it has a lot of organic stuff and it's all really inexpensive and fresh and colorful and the salad greens never have as much dirt on them as the organic veggies from any of the grocery stores do.  As such, when I was craving some roasted veggies, it was a piece of vegan cake to walk over, spend under ten bucks, and buy a shit ton of veggies to roast.  Look at how much I got:
All that, mostly organic, under $9.  Frankly, even I'm jealous of me right now.  I'm moving across the bay to Oakland in a few days and I'm not sure I'll be able to find the equivalent there.  Anyway, I cut 'em all up, adding in some leftover broccoli I had, and put some olive oil and salt and pepper on 'em and roasted 'em on a bunch of cookie sheets, and when I was done, I put them all together in this one container for fridge storage:
And then, for days, I toasted some bread, heated up some veggies, spread the Wildwood Garlic Aioli onto it, sprinkled on some homemade Bacos, added lettuce, and had me a nutrient-dense and friggin' delicious simple sandwich. 
Best thing ever!  I mean, OK, there may be better things.  But not lunch and dinner things that are so simple, inexpensive, and healthy.  The aioli really makes it.  If you can get a hold of this stuff where you live, do it.  Warning: addictive.

I've also started juicing for breakfast again, because when I have such easy access to high-quality, inexpensive organic veggies, how could I not?  Again, for under $10, I got all this to juice:
I've been enjoying these for breakfast all week.  Did you know I never get sick?  This is probably why:
Breakfast of champions!  Sure, OK, of a champion Boggle-player**, but still.

**I'm really only a champion Boggle-player in my own mind.

2 comments:

  1. Your roasted veggie stash looks fabulous. The burger looks mighty tasty, too, and I'm eying the cookbook. I've never has Wildwood aioli but it sounds like the perfect finishing touch.

    So you're moving across the bay? There's a blogger over there who runs a vegan bakery called Veganville. Her name is GiGi, and here's a link to her blog: gigi-2boomers.blogspot.com

    I've not met her in person yet but hope to some day. My son shops at Rainbow!

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  2. I'm envious of your Rainbow Grocery trip! I've heard so many good things about that place. I have access to a pretty nice Co-op where I live, but the prices make Whole Foods look inexpensive.

    I haven't made that burger yet from Practically Raw. Good to know that it's worth making! I have seriously loved everything I've made from that book so far, and some of the things I've made multiple times. I'd say the kale chips with nacho cheese sauce are my favorite.

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