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. 


Spicy Lemon Dill Sauce

In the throes of my new blender obsession I toyed with yet another saucy concoction. This time I purchased some fresh dill and a lemon in addition to my usual arsenal of garlic and onion.

The sauce is pictured here atop a bed of fresh chopped kale and spanish onion. That is then topped with extra runny, garlic mashed potatoes with jalapeno, corn and green peas. Over that are some black beans. The dill sauce is the crowning touch.

It's food like this that really reinforces my love for vegetarian eating. There are just so many tastes and textures to experience.

Here's how I made the dill sauce...

4 handfuls fresh dill
5 cloves garlic
1/4 cup sliced sweet onion
Zest and juice from one lemon
1/4 cup dill pickle juice
1 small jalapeno
1/4 cup kale
1/4 cup water
1 tbl olive oil
1 tbl plain cream cheese
Fresh ground black pepper, Ground cumin and Paprika to taste

Buzz it all up until pretty smooth. Let chill in fridge for at least 2 hours before using.

Use on everything. Salad, sandwiches, baked potatoes, soup, rice, beans, and more.