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…

Lightlife Taste Tests

So I've tried several Lightlife foods. Smart Deli turkey, ham and bologna style. Lightlife hotdogs too.

The bologna style is great. Really great. I love it. Perfect smell, flavor and texture.

The hot dogs are also good. Very nice taste. Good scent. Texture, not perfect, but very nice.

The turkey and ham, I liked, but did not love. But that is just me. They had their merits. The texture was good. I just thought the flavor was lacking a little bit. IMHO the bologna style is better.

I still need to try the fake ground beef. I wanted to try the buffalo wings, but the eggs in the ingredients turned me off. I don't eat eggs.

I saw on their website they have all kinds of items I've never seen in my local stores. Sigh. Their veggie burgers look really good. And are vegan from the ingredients listed on their site.

Some of their stuff can be expensive. The ground beef is. $3.99 for that little packet seems extreme. But the deli slices and dogs are very reasonable. $2-3 per pack. And I get 4-5 sandwiches out of them. More out of the dogs. I just eat one at a time. Even when I eat two it's still 4 times.

Their bologna deli slices are great with pickle and onion. If you eat cheese they are supreme with borden american singles (which are vegetarian) or any of many vegetarian cheddar cheeses.

Their dogs are awesome with sauerkraut and some ketchup or mustard. Or cut them up and mix them into some mashed potatoes. Heaven.