Peanut butter, hummus, black bean dip–these are among my favorite foods. They just about never blow me away with their exquisite subtlety of flavor, but they’re reasonably healthy, reasonably tasty, and super convenient. And I can call them nutrient legume pastes, which sounds nasty, and because I’m a bit of a culinary pervert that makes them even more appealing.
What are your favorites? Remember:
Nutrient: chocolate frosting doesn’t count, it’s gotta be a reasonable source of nutrition. Fermented black bean paste doesn’t count, it’s an ingredient, not a major source of nutrition. Don’t get pedantic about that.
Legume: Baba ganoush is delicious, but eggplants aren’t legumes. Same with almond butter.
Paste: It’s gotta be spreadable. Soy sauce doesn’t count.