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. 

Thank…

Yay Lays

Hooray for Lays! Their salt and vinegar flavor chips no longer contain milk. Very nice.

Way to go lays. Working that vegan mojo.

Now if only rice a roni would jump on the freight train. Does fried rice flavor really require milk? I think not.

It's nice their spanish rice flavor is milk, animal and egg free, but I am certain they can do better. I'm confident flavors other than spanish rice can successfully be made without dairy products.

Evenso, I really like the rice a roni brand because they do offer several vegetarian flavors. And that is much appreciated.

Many of the international foods I encounter are vegan. There's just a conspiracy going on here in the US. Milk is in all kinda foods it really doesn't belong in. The dairy industry has no business in my rice.

This is also a nice reminder that ingredients and recipes change. Foods which once were vegan or vegetarian can suddenly change and not be. And vice versa foods that once were unacceptable can alter themselves and become good. Always read package labels, visit websites and if neccessary contact manufactuers be certain what's in your food.