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 Pudding

Today I made vegan pudding with almond milk. I used a pre-made pudding mix and of course almond milk. It's important to use the kind you have to cook. The instant kind doesn't work with almond milk. Believe I know. I've tried. You wind up with consistency right in the middle between pudding and sauce. It tastes quite good, but never fully thickens.

The cook top kind of pudding mix works find with vegan milks. Just follow the directions and you'll have a respectable and very delicious pudding in no time at all.

I think vegan pudding is better than the standard kind. Almond milk is already sweeter than regular. And it's a clean sweetness.

Those little boxes don't make much pudding though. They claim four servings, but c'mon. 2, 2 1/2 at the most.

I usually consume less than or equal to the recommended serving size on packages. Hummus, salad, dressing, peanut butter, potatos chips. I never eat a full serving. Bread, cheese, cereal, I eat just about a serving. Chocolate less than. Cookies just at. So when I say the pudding is less than 4 servings you can be sure it's true. It's 3 small servings. 2 normal at best. Still yummy though.