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…

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Beans are the key. Beans are the alternative to meat. Where you would otherwise stuff your meat simply replace it with beans. Keep all your other add ons. Just swap your meat for beans. It's that easy. And I swear, it really does taste good.

Black beans have a great texture and taste that substitutes well for ground beef. Use them in lasagna, 'meat' sauce or on regular sandwiches. Kidney beans are also very 'meaty'. They have a strong nutty flavor and a rich hearty bite. Instead of roast beef or turkey cold cut, just add beans to your sandwich. I adore bean sandwiches. They taste awesome and are so filling. Even though I sometimes eat meant, I still love a bean sandwich much more than most meat incarnations.

I eat beans 7 days a week and meat probably only twice a month. I love a good bean sandwich. It just hits the spot.

Rye bread, hummus, black beans, onion, cabbage, romaine. Now that's a party. Add in a slice of cheese occasionally and you've really got a home run.

A lot of people seem to be misguided. They think they have to eat either meat or fish to be healthy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Beans are packed full of protein and fiber. They also boast plenty of iron.

Don't be misled by the meat industry. There are delicious alternatives.