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. 


Flavor Triad

Here are some of my personal tips for big flavor with low calories. When eating vegetarian or vegan flavor becomes very important. You need that satisfaction it can offer. Even if you eat meat, I think you'll find something new and amazing to add to your culinary repetoire.

Ditch the mayo and use hummus instead. Hummus is mayo on steroids. This luscious pureee packs so much rich flavor you will be convinced its full of fat and calories. But the fact is it's healthy and low fat. Best of all it comes on an assortment of flavors to delight and mesmerize. Roasted garlic, olive, spinach and artichoke and spicy chipotle to name a few. I've tasted many hummuses. Sabra is head and shoulders above the rest. Tribe is also very good. Shoprite brand is delicious too. Athenos is the only kind I've experienced that is simply not good. You can even use hummus to replace cheese. It's that delicious. It also makes a nice salad topper when diluted with some vinegar.

Embrace hot sauce Hot sauce is fat free and extremely low in calories. Instead of heavy dressing use it on your salad instead. A little bit of hot sauce and some white vinegar are a very nice coating for greens and veggies.

Get to know nutritional yeast. This flakey vegetarian supplement packs quite a flavor profile. It has a nutty, cheesy quality that makes it quite versatile. Sprinkle it as you would grated cheese on rice mixes, chilis and salads. Douse it with vinegar or vinaigrette to form an awesome dressing. Nutrional yeast, as the name suggests, packs a powerful wallop of proteins, aminos, vitamins and minerals.

This is the magnificent trio. Hummus, hot sauce and nutritional yeast. Mix and match these three flavor power houses to replace fatty ingredients and still experience all the flavor and richnesss you crave.