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.

Ingredients
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 Savings Plan

I've been conducting this experiment of sorts.About the cost of eating veg versus the cost of eating meat. I've been keeping track of weekly food expenditures for myself and my mother. Eliminating shared foods like loaves of bread and bags of rolls. The data I've gathered so far, after only 4 weeks is pretty interesting. It's a pervasive belief that eating veg is more costly, but real life paints an entirely diffferent truth.

I haven't documented the actual foods purchases. I should have. And will in the future. But suffice it to say that she eats meat and I don't.

I've maintined a spreadsheet of weekly spending on food. The results of which are quite eye opening.


DateMomMe
7/29/201316.8424.74
8/12/201326.2811.98
8/05/201325.3214.82
8/19/201332.949.63




101.3861.17

My first week includes the cost of cola. I am a Pepsi fan and she is not. And while I don't drink too much of it at some point there's a need to replensih resouces. So my total reflects the purchase of 4 twelve can packs of diet pepesi on sale for $3 each. Where a purchase of at least 4 was required to obtain the sale price. So $12 of the 24 was overpriced beverage. Other than that, you can clearly see the meat eater's grocery bill is substantially more. 

My documentation lacks specific food choices. Which I plan to rectify.

I mostly buy romaine, broccoli and beans. Cheese sometimes. When it's on sale.

She's more interested in pre-cooked chicken, frozen chicken, crab cakes and yogurt.

My food purchases for the week are usually canned beans, cheese, lettuce, garlic, broccoli and corn. It's summer... so I try to grab what is local and fresh and cheap.

Her food purchases are generally yogurt, almond milk, cereal and store cooked rotisserie chicken or frozen processsed chicken. 

In the future I shall endeavor to document the specifics more thoroughtly.

But I think it's obvious veg is easier on both the environmnent and the budget.