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…

Vegetarian Chili Mac and Cheese

I have a great fondness for Hormel canned vegetarian chili. Not only is it actually vegan, it tastes really good. I like to enhance it a bit, but they are all very simple additions. But what's even better than just the enhanced chili is when I combine it with some Annie's vegetarian boxed macaroni and cheese. They are a truly delicious culinary coupling if ever there was one.

Annie's Mac and Cheese box is available in most major supermarkets and competitively priced against that other famous not vegetarian brand. If you can't find it there I got a dozen boxes on Amazon for $1.17 per box. Not bad at all.

I just make that according to the direction. I like to blanch some frozen broccoli/cauliflower mix in with the cooking pasta for about 30 seconds. Then drain. Make cheese mix and then I add some frozen peas. Mix a little more, cover and let sit for 2 minutes.

How I prepare the Hormel canned vegetarian chili is detailed here.

I also had some left over Roasted Potatoes that I threw into the mix as well. They were a very nice textural addition and I can never have too many potatoes.

Chili and cheese and roasted potatoes - It doesn't get any better than that.