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 Piri Piri Red Beans

I first learned about piri piri sauce watching Masterchef Australia. It's a spicy, vinegary African sauce normally used on chicken.

This is a my vegan recipe variation on piri piri sauce using ingredients that speak to vegans and still preserve that hot, sweet and sour flavor profile. The addition of nutritional yeast gives it umami and adds essential vitamins without using meat.

There is no cooking in this recipe. No stove top. No oven. So it's perfect for hot weather when you don't want to stand over the heat. The acids and oil and time in the fridge do all the magic to marry the ingredients and give you a beautiful sauce.

2 tbls red wine vinegar
2 tbls olive oil
2 tbls nutritional yeast
1 tbl sriracha
1 tbl hot sauce
1 tbl spicy brown mustard
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp black pepper
2 1/2 tsps salt

1 jalapeno, minced
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 medium sweet onion, diced
1 serrano, minced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 can red beans, rinsed

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl or container with a lid. Allow to chill in the fridge for a few hours.