Vegans May Need Lysine Supplements

I started taking a lysine supplement to prevent cold sores and accidentally discovered that it's something really important for a vegan diet. 

While plants are a source of lysine and some even have a lot, on a strict vegan diet you may end up not getting enough, like I did. Especially if you're very physically active. 

There were no overt symptoms. Just general tiredness and fatigue. A lysine supplement really made a difference in my overall alertness and physical ability. I stopped sleeping so long and stopped waking up tired. 

If you're sure your vegan diet is healthy and well rounded and don't understand what's missing, lysine may be the answer. It's an essential amino acid found in many animal products. So taking a supplement isn't generally dangerous. You can take in a lot without any negative impact. So it's definitely worth a shot if you're experiencing unexplained fatigue.

Chipotle Soup with Dumplings

A sweet and spicy broth laced with smokey chipotle. Crispy and tender sauted pasta. Meaty beans. The broth is comprised of such a rich array of veg that it has a depth that makes it truly slurp worthy. I dare you to make this broth and tell me it isn't incredible.

1/2 pint white mushrooms, sliced
1 cubanelle pepper, diced
1/2 cup celery, sliced
1/2 cup carrots, chunked
2 shallots, sliced small
1 jalapeno, deseeded and diced
1 serrano, sliced into rings
1/2 a habernero, slivered
5 cloves garlic, sliced
2 chipotles and 1 tbl adobo sauce

1 tbl olive oil
1/4 cup beer
1/3 cup vodka
1/2 cup water
1 tbl spicy mustard
1 can red beans, plus the can liquid

1 handful fresh basil, chopped small
1 tsp dill
2 tsps each salt and pepper

All the veg gets sauted in the oil, salt and pepper until the mushrooms begin to darken. Add beer, mustard. Cook 3 more minutes. Add vodka, beans. Cook 5 more minutes. Add water, remaining spices. Cook until broth is dark, rich and flavorful.



For the dumplings
Make vegan pasta dough. Shape into small, lightly curved rectangles, about 1/8 inch thick. Boil in salted water for 5 minutes. Saute in hot oil on both sides until nciely browned. Stir into broth mixture.