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…

Microwave Madness

I don't microwave anything. The sole exception being Chinese takeout. Which I try not to indulge in very often.

A while back I read some things on the internet about how bad microwaving is for food and nutrients. And while those statements are dubious at best. There's no conclusive evidence regarding microwave heating diminishing the vitamin and minerals in food. What I learned from it is that food tastes better no reheated in that way.

My family think I'm crazy eating all my leftovers cold from the fridge. And in turn, I think they're crazy zapping everything into taste oblivion.

There's a down side. I tend to enjoy my food way too much.

When I was younger there was no such thing as the microwave. If you wanted to reheat your leftovers you had to turn on the oven and wait. It wasn't until my early teens that the microwave oven became popular and affordable to the average person.

When it did most of America fell in love with the convenience. I think convenience has and always will be our downfall. We sacrifice so much for it.

Convenience foods created the obesity epidemic. And so many of our health issues. Full of salt and chemicals and fats. Mostly unnuatural fats. Convenience foods destroyed our health and our appreciation of real food.

Nowadays I do eat convenience foods in moderation. 90% fresh or frozen veggies and beans. 10% of the easy stuff. I don't use the microwave at all. I've really learned to love food cold from the chill chest. So much more flavor than when it's been nuked. Only trouble is it tastes too good.

It's an aquired taste. One time won't do the trick. But it's worth the effort.

The downside is you might start to enjoy your food a little too much.