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. 


Two Sandwiches You Need To Be Eating

Here are a couple of quick and tasty sandwiches you can make in a snap. I love sandwiches for breakfast because they're so filling and tasty. I enjoy them for lunch as well, for the same reasons. They're portable. They're easy to assemble. They offer great flavors and textures and are very inexpensive.

A really easy one is the vinaigrette sandwich. It's totally vegan and totally delicious. Start with a sesame seed bun and lightly coat both sides with balsamic vinaigrette dressing. If you use the store brand it'll be even cheaper. Store brand dressing tastes exactly the same as premium. You have to experiment. Every store brand is different.

Add rinsed black or red beans or a combo of both. Add sliced red onion and romaine lettuce and roasted garlic and roasted red peppers. All these things are optional. Add whichever you like or have on hand. Just be sure to add at least one for a satisfying variation of textures.

Top sandwich with hot sauce. You can get hot sauce totally free. Whenever you stop at a convenience store pick up a few packets. You can do the same with mayo, mustard and relish.

A second simple and great sandwich is Cajun lentils and barley with peanut butter. It might sound strange, but it tastes great. You'll need to have previously made my recipe for Cajun lentils and barley. Which is in itself very low cost and highly flavorful. It'll make lots of servings and last days. It's great cold as a sandwich base.

On your favorite bread or roll spread a thin layer of peanut butter. Top that with your prepared/chilled Cajun lentil mix. Sprinkle with roasted garlic, fake bacon bits and a layer of crisp lettuce.