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. 


Vegan Burgers Done Right

I've already eaten and written about the original flavor lightlife veggie burgers. Now I've also tried their veggie veggie burger. A totally different experience taste-wise. Their original burgers really strive for and for my money achieve a literal hamburger substitute. But one look at the veggie flavor tells you it will be a different kinda burger.

Personally I really like vegetable style veggie burgers. No, they don't remind you of or recall any flavors of meat, maybe that's exactly why I like them. Meat isn't so very great.

Lightlife's veggie burger has a lot of great things going for it. Big pieces of vegetables like carrot, corn and peppers. Whole flax seeds. That really impressed me. The chunks of veg added flavor, texture and crunch. The flax seeds were the perfect addition that many veggie burgers lack. They seemed to complement and enhance all the other flavors that were going on in there.

I cooked mine in a hot non-stick frying pan. Didn't add any oil. Seared each side pretty thoroughly. The first one I had hot with some cheese. I have a cheese weakness that I really need to overcome. But as much as I love cheese I don't think it was the right choice in this case. This burger is more delicate and the cheese kinda overtook it. It was really good, but I just felt I had cheated myself on tasting the wonderful flavors of the patty.

The second one (which I had cooked the day before and stored in the fridge) I had cold without cheese. Just plain on some wheat bread with a few slices of dill pickle. This time I really got to taste the veggie burger. The flax seeds really made the burger. Without them it might've just been another ordinary vegetarian patty. They just added this rich dimension to the combination. The big chunks of vegetables also really shined much better less dressed up. A thoroughly delicious true veggie burger that you should know is also 100% vegan.

Don't waste your money on those frozen and bland veggie patties. Try a Lightlife burger and discover how good vegan food is meant to taste.