Vegan Pan Asian Mushroom Soup

This soup is all about the broth. Layers of flavor come together to create a complex broth in a relatively short amount of time.

It has a strong chinese influence, but it draws from various cultures.

It's great on its own and delicious over rice too. All the flavor is in that deep, dark, unctuous broth.

1 pint mushrooms, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 large red bell pepper, diced
3/4 cup diced carrots
1 poblano pepper, diced
2 jalapeno peppers, minced
1 serrano pepper, minced
1 cup chopped kale
1 can kidney beans, rinsed
1 can black beans, rinsed

4 cups water
3 tbls olive oil
1 tbl horseradish, the one with just vinegar, no mayo
1 tbl soy sauce
2 tsps chinese mustard
2 tsps dill
2 tsps crushed pepper flakes
2 tsps celery seed
1 tsp coriander seed
1 tsp paprika
3 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper

In a large stock pot cook down your mushrooms with 1 tsp salt. I used cremini mushrooms, but it's dealer's choice. When they start to take on a little color add olive oil. Give it a stir the add th…

Super Garlic Black Bean Salsa

This dish is really easy and quick. It's been so unbareably hot here on the northeast coast lately that I can't fathom really 'cooking' something. So this was my compromise with myself and the foul weather.


10 cloves garlic smashed and peeled, but uncut
1 can black beans
1/2 cup frozen mustard greens
1/2 frozen broccoli/cauliflower mix
1/3 cup frozen yellow corn niblets
salt and pepper
maple grove farms fat free caesar salad dressing (optional)
lite italian salad dressing (optional)

Add about 1/3 cup cool tap water to a a big saute pan. Never use hot water. That comes from your hot water heater and is sitting for long periods in the tank. You don't want to eat that.

Heat the pan with water for three minutes and then add your broccoli/cauliflower. Cover and let steam for five minutes.

Note: if your frozen mustard green are, as mine were, a big giant singular block, add them with the broccoli mix. If they are free flowing wait.

After the five minutes have elapsed add your corn and greens. Replace cover and steam 2 minutes more.

Add your garlic. Several sprinkle of salt and pepper and cook covered 2 more minutes.

Remove from heat and turn into a room temperature storage device.

Stir in black beans. Or add them per portion.

Eat hot as it or chill for a few hours first.

To dress (hot or cold) drizzle with equal portion of the dressings and stir to distribute.

Don't worry, even though the name is caesar, maple grove farms fat free caesar salad dressing does not contain cheese or other animal products.

Sprinkle each serving with garlic powder, basil and nutritional yeast as per personal taste.

You don't have to add the dressing to this salsa. It's sweet and extra garlicy all on its own. Try some plain first and decide. THe garlic flavor is potent, yet pleasing.