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.

Ingredients
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…

Too Much Soy Milk

A non-dairy, non-meat diet is important to me. Because I truly believe in not exploiting animals.

Every summer, however, long before this diet, my right ear gave me problems. My sinuses would clog. Especially during sleep. This year however, has been the worst.

I managed to narrow down the culprits to either soy milk or quinoa. I'm certain I do have a bad reaction to too much quinoa. I can eat a little bit and not have a problem. But ever since I switched from almond milk to soy milk the problem has become pronounced. It doesn't appear to be an allergy, so much as a sensitivity. I can eat soy. But too much and doom.

Soy is not an essential component of a vegan diet. Beans, veg and grains can provide the majority of nutritional needs. Fortified cereal can supply the rest. Almond or rice milk is fortified with calcium and vitamin d. Soy products are a tasty departure from a typical vegan diet, but beware too much.