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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It Tastes Like Chicken Salad (Vegan)

Another new taste sensation... Today I tried for the very first time Smart Strips Chick'n. I was very skeptical. Was never a big fan of chicken to begin with.

As per the package directions, I added a little olive oil to a small fry pan and let it get hot. When the oil was hot I added the smart strips. It sizzled and seared. One packet just slightly overfilled a small pan.

I let it brown and stirred. Trying my darndest to brown it thoroughly. I cooked it for about 5 minutes total. Then dished it into a heat safe storage container.

Tasted a couple chick'n strips fresh from the pan totally plain. Was again astonished to discover just how much it tasted like the real deal. I apologize for saying this, but it did in fact, taste like chicken. Actually it was better than real chicken. No ew or ick. More tender. Better texture. It's a little bit salty. I like salty, but even I noticed it. Maybe that's necessary. It wasn't so salty that it was bad, but it's the first time I've noticed a saltiness to the lightlife brand products. Perhaps that's just the nature of a flavor as simple as chicken.

I let my chick'n cool a few minutes and then added a heap of strips to a tossed salad with balsamic vinegar and black pepper as dressing. I usually add salt to my salad, but didn't this time given the saltiness of the chick'n strips.

The package says it has 2 servings, but I would say it's more like 4. It doesn't really take a lot of soy protein to fill you up if you pair it with some vegetables and starch.

The meatless chicken was perfect in my salad. Really a great combo. So obviously it must taste pretty good if I'm happy to eat it in something as simple as a salad. There's no place for it to hide in there.