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.

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…

Bagel Croutons

I'm a fan of Thomas' Bagels. I don't think that they are actually bagels or should legally be allowed to be called bagels. They are not bagels. This much is clear. They are however, pretty tasty rolls.

They also feature a lot of calories. So in my effort to keep my caloric consumption low I decided to toast one and remove the innards.

I was left with a crispy shell of bread on which to enjoy my sandwich and a handful of toasty bread chunks to save for later. I used them as croutons on a salad.

It all worked out very nicely.

Rather than waste your time with bagel thins or lite bread I recommend modifying ordinary bread products. Bagel thins are just awful. They are not good at all. However hollowing out a toasted packaged bagel yields similar calorie savings with a much better taste. And you get some nice croutons for your efforts.

The problem with lite bread is that it's just smaller bread. Stick with normal bread and make a less dense sandwich or eat less sides with it.

The perfect sandwich is as follows.... One toasted Thomas's onion bagel hollowed out inside. One Tbl roasted garlic hummus spread inside it. 1/4 Tsp hot sauce spread into the hummus. Two spoonfuls of rinsed black beans on top of that. 1 sliced clove of roasted garlic. One slice pepper jack cheese.  3 rounds raw sweet onion. One generous clump of iceberg lettuce to top it all off.

Best sandwich you'll ever experience.