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…

Low Calorie Deconstructed Apple Pie

I don't generally do desserts. It's easier to just have a piece of chocolate or buy a cookie. I do however, love apple pie. Unfortunately I can't eat too much of it. It's not really that good for you. And good apple pie is very hard to find. Mrs. Smith's just isn't what it used to be.

Anyway, I had the idea to just make the inside part, minus the crust. But I would also use way less sugar and fat.

I got a big bag of gala apples and a few limes. I began by creating acidulated water with one of the limes. Then I started to peel and slice my apples. Tossing the slices into the water so they wouldn't turn brown.

When I'd done 5 apples, I stopped and heated a 12 inch skillet. Add to that 1/3 cup water, 1/3 of my apples and a pinch of salt. Cook apples until tender. Then add cinnamon and 1 tsp butter. Cook 2-3 minutes more until liquid thickens. Remove from pan.

Return pan to heat and add another 1/3 cup water, 1/3 of apples and a pinch of salt. This time when I add the cinnamon and butter I also add a few dashes of hot sauce.

To my third batch of apples I add 1 tsp sugar.

Store them altogether. Stir to combine. Let sit overnight.

Stir again.

Crush ginger snaps or apple snaps or crispy oatmeal cookies into crumbs.

Spoon apples into a bowl. Top with crumbs. Stir and enjoy.