Wild Mushroom Pasta

I'm a big fan of Good Eats and Alton Brown. I've learned a lot from him. So when he suggested that dried exotic mushrooms were an umani flavor bomb I took to amazon to procure some. 

When you only cook with and eat plants, sources of deep and real flavor are important. 

His advice was spot on. I got a dried exotic mushroom mix and used it in my pressure cooker to create a sauce/broth for pasta and even though I forgot to add olive oil, it still had tons of flavor. 
After the pressure cook was finished I added the oil I forgot and cooked it off for a  few minutes. I then stirred it into my precooked pasta. Let it rest 5 minutes to tighten up. It was a perfect sauce to enrobe my pasta. . 

Dried exotic mushrooms are not cheap. But if you don't eat/cook with animal products, they feel like a bargain. There's so much flavor to be had. It's worth it and then some. 

1/2 box pasta, cooked to al dente

2 ounces dried fancy mushroom mix, big pieces broken or diced
1 pint …

Vegan Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

vegan sloppy joe sandwich This recipe isn't a true sloppy joe. It doesn't use manwich. Which is vegan. I just wanted something easier and less expensive than buying manwich and buying fake ground beef. The answer - Hormel Vegetarian Chili. Which is vegan as well. And already packed with beans, vegetable protein and spicy tomato goodness.

I made some rice first and then added the chili to the rice. I also added some fresh diced onion and minced garlic.

Add warm concoction to a sandwich roll and top with kosher pickle slices and vegan cheese if you have some. Cheddar or american flavor work best. Alternatively you can sprinkle with nutritional yeast and/or hot sauce.

This sandwich tastes great hot or cold. Is easy to make. Convenient. Inexpensive. And very filling.

There's something very satisfying about eating a sandwich. Just because you don't eat meat, doesn't mean you shouldn't still enjoy the simple pleasure of a hearty and delicious sandwich.

Try this one out. I guarantee you'll love it.