Pressure Cooker Vegan Lentil Soup

On the myriad cooking shows I watch they often use pressure cookers. I've often wondered to myself if I need one and if I did have one, what exactly I would make with it. 

I never did buy one for myself. I always figured I had the time to wait for the same thing to happen via the stovetop. 

But for some strange reason, my mother bought one. She doesn't even like to cook. Perhaps that factored into her decision. 

When she fell ill, I found myself with the desire to make good use of this appliance on her behalf. It felt therapeutic to create sustenance from this device that she'd bought so soon before she'd become sick. 
Since it's summer and hot, I thought to myself, I can make a complex broth based soup without making the house hot simmering it on the stovetop for a long time. 

My absolute favorite soup meal is lentil soup. It's just the ultimate vegan chicken noodle soup analog. It's the food of memories, childhood and comfort. It will give you a big hug. 


Fake Hamburgers

Sometimes I eat those Morning Star Farms fake hamburgers. They're good. What's bizarre though, is that the cheddar ones have less fat than the plain. What's up with that?

All I have to say is always. ALWAYS. cook them in a pan. DO NOT MICROWAVE. The taste difference is astonishing. A few minutes on each side and they're done. No utensils required. Just toss pan to flip.

To check for doneness feel the patty. It should be sort of soft. A little give and hot to touch. Top with pickles and ketchup. Eat on a slice of bread cut in half or a toasted english muffin.

They are really delicious if you cook them correctly.

They are packed full of soy protein. Good for most of us, but bad for some people on certain medications.

Eat hearty. Eat safe.