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. 


Big Bad Beans

One of the main things that's wrong with the world today is how we perceive beans. They are thought of as a side dish or a poor substitute for missing meat. The fact is they ought to be the star of your dishes.

Even vegetarians and vegans are guilty of this crime. Trying endlessly to transmogrify beans into some sort of pseudo meat alternative. With bean burgers and soy faux meat products.

I say let the beans shine. Don't try to make them into something they're not. Don't waste time trying to morph them into a substitute for dead cow or murdered chicken.

Beans deserve better.

They are so healthy and delicious on their own. We should be savoring them rather than trying to alter them to resemble something they are not.

I dare you to swap out beans in any place you would normally use meat and not be amazed at how much better it is.

Make yourself a bean sandwich. A bean patty. A bean loaf. A bean salad. The bean plays second fiddle to no one. Embrace the bean and it will embrace you.

My favorite meal by far is a black bean sandwich. I can't think of anything I'd rather eat. Rye bread. Hummus (which is made from beans and seeds). Onion. Lettuce. Cheese. It doesn't get better than that.

Pasta Alfredo with beans. Romaine salad with beans. Saffron rice with beans. Ramen with beans. Tofu Chinese food. Mac and cheese and beans. No doubt about it. Beans rock. They kick ass wherever they go.

But the bean sandwich kicks the most ass by far.