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. 


Vegan Meatballs

I took some time to make some vegan meatballs the other day. Black beans and rolled oats combine to form a very satiating protein. They're cute to look at too.

1 can black beans, drained
1-2 cups Uncooked rolled oats
1 tbl olive oil
1 tbl vegan mayo
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
zest and juice from 1 lime
1 tbl nutritional yeast
2 tsps sriracha
2 tsps spicy mustard
3 cloves garlic
1/2 inch fresh ginger
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper

Puree all ingredients in a food processor until a thick mixture is formed. Add oats in small batches until the consistency is right. It should be slightly moist, but mostly firm. Easy to mold into balls.

Do not shape right away. Allow to chill in the fridge  for at least 1 hour.

Then roll into 3 inch balls. Arrange evenly on a greased baking sheet. Set aside again... this time in the freezer.

Preheat oven to 450 F.

Bake until crusty on the outside. About 15-20 minutes. They'll still be tender inside. Let rest 15 minutes after removing from oven. This step is important so they can firm up some inside.