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. 

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Chain Veggie Burgers Taste Test

I've sampled the veggie burgers at three different major chain restaurants and have decided which are the best.

Hoolihan's
A big, gooey, sloopy burger. Full of giant peas and other veg. Tasted delicious. Fell apart all over the plate. But fabulous flavors and textures. Especially good with cheddar cheese. But beware, this veggie burger comes standard with a pile of cheese and bbq sauce. Provolone cheese is one of the default add ons. To make it truly veg be sure to eschew the provolone. Provolone is rarely, if ever, vegetarian. BBQ sauce, that's a personal preference, but this big soft veggie burger didn't need any additional flavor. I loved it just the way it was.

Cheeburger
Also a tasty veggie burger. The best part about cheeburger is you can decorate yours with any of a huge array of toppings for no additional charge. The roasted red peppers and artichoke hearts are really good on their veggie burger. Pickles and garlic are pretty tasty as well. But let your imagination and taste buds run wild. There are so very many choices and combos to create.

Applebee's
This veggie burger was my least favorite. It tasted like something I could buy in my grocer's freezer. And when I read the wallop of fat they cram into that small veggie burger I was truly amazed. How do they manage to get 21 grams of fat into that little vegetarian burger and stil have virtually no taste to it. I mean, it didn't taste bad, it just tasted meh. And the toppings are your typical lettuce, onion and tomato. No fun. And don't think about adding a slice of their american cheese. American cheese is almost never vegetarian.

All in all, I thought the Hoolihan's veggie burger has the best taste and bang for your buck. They're all roughly the same price, but the Hoolihan's veggie burger was bigger, tastier and more satifying. It was a gooey, messy, flavorful affair.

The Cheeburger version was also very good. A bit smaller, but the variety of toppings included certainly make for a plethora of flavor experiences that will not get old. It's fun to try different combos of toppings. I belive you can add as many as you like. And there are so very many to add.

While I appreciate that Applebee's offers a vegetarian alternative to their standard cow burgers, they could do much better. If i go out to a restaurant I expect a little something more than the morning star farms patty I can cook at home.