I like margarine a lot, but let’s face it, it’s just a tub of fat destined to make your bum bigger. So, when I found a recipe for Easy Veggie Butter in How It All Vegan using tofu I had to try it. It’s basically tofu and oil blended together with a little salt for flavour and a little turmeric for colour. I usually use Earth Balance Whipped which has about 144g fat per cup, whereas this has about 33g fat per cup. That’s about 78% less fat! It whips up in a flash and you can slather it on your toast for 78% less guilt!
Once you have made your Easy Veggie Butter you can then progress to adding other stuff in to it and transforming it in to a spectacular sandwich spread. Next recipe along from the butter in the book is Stephanie’s Nummy Yummy Veggie Spread. Let’s just call it Nummy Spread for short. This adds herbs, garlic, tomato, peppers and onion.
And if you feel you haven’t added enough yet, you can do what I did and mash up some chickpeas and mix them in to the nummy spread to make a super spectacular sandwich spread.
This is the final sandwich with some lettuce, tomato and guacamole added. I also attempted to make a cute little radish rosette like Jennifer’s at Vegan Lunch Box. I didn’t bother to go back and look at Jennifer’s photo before making my radish rosette, if I had it might have turned out a little better...or perhaps not! This is another sandwich using the same sandwich spread. No chickpeas this time, but I have added lettuce, yellow pepper, tomato and cucumber.
So, the Easy Veggie Spread is great on toast. It doesn’t taste much like margarine before you put it on something else though... On it’s own it does just kind of taste like tofu and oil. The nummy spread is a nice change for eating on a sandwich. I did find the onion and garlic a little strong, so I’d probably cut down on them next time and maybe add some different veggies.