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. 


Broiled Caramelized Vegetable Medley with Rosemary

A post or two ago I detailed how caramelized shallots and mushrooms are the flavor bomb you need to add to your repertoire.

This is a similar idea. Broiled cauliflower, potatoes. mushrooms and red onion.

You haven't really eaten cauliflower until you've eaten it caramelized. It transforms into a completely different taste experience. It becomes nutty, earthy, sweet and a little bit meaty.

In a large bowl coat the potatoes and cauliflower in olive oil, rosemary, salt and black pepper.

Turn onto a large baking sheet lubed with cooking spray.

You can use the same bowl to toss your mushrooms, onions and garlic in oil, salt and black pepper.

Turn them onto a separate, equally lubed, baking sheet.

Broil the potatoes and cauliflower on high until nicely browned. Broil on the second rack from the top of the oven. Check after 15 minutes. Turn the pieces and the pan to get even browning.

Broil the mushroom mixture the same way. Keep a close eye on it. Everything will brown pretty quickly.

Add both mixtures back to the original bowl. Stir to combine.