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 Potato Cheese Slices (No Kidding)

I was trying to come up with a way to add faux cheese slices to my lightlife vegan bologna sandwiches. This will probably sound ridiculous to anyone who isn't vegan, but it really does mimic the texture and flavor of an unmelted slice of  american cheese.

Waxy red potatoes are essential. Other potatoes would go too soft and crumbly.

I've always thought that turmeric not only has the color of cheese, but it also has a similar flavor. I combined that with salt and paprika to create my vegan potato cheese slices. The oil adds that essential fatty element to really seal the deal.

2 red potatoes, sliced thinly
olive oil
turmeric and paprika
1 tsp salt

Slice the potatoes into thin circles. Brush each slice with oil on both sides. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet lubed with cooking spray. Season with salt. Sprinkle lightly with turmeric and paprika. Brush each slice to evenly coat with the spices.

Broil on high on the third rack from the top for 10 minutes or until nicely darkened. Turn off broiler. Leave potatoes in the oven for 10 more minutes.

I did not turn the potatoes to brown the other side. I felt the texture would be creamier that way.