Dijon Horseradish Sauce

I was just looking to create a sauce for roasted potatoes and broccoli to jazz them up a bit. Some kind of potato salad twist type thing.

I landed on a mustard based sauce since I had a fresh bottle of dijon. You know what they say, use what you have. That advice applies now more than ever, under current circumstances.

This is super easy to put together. Whisk together a few ingredients and you're all set. Keep those potatoes moist and delicious. A lighter, fresher variation on classic potato salad. And, of course, vegan.

2 tbls dijon mustard
2 tbls apple cider vinegar
2 tbls hot sauce
1 tbl horseradish
2 tsps salt
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsps turmeric
2 tbls olive oil

Whisk together all ingredients except olive oil.

Drizzle in the oil while whisking until a nice emulsion is formed.

I created this for roasted potatoes and broccoli, but this sauce has endless possibilities. It's tangy, spicy and a little bit creamy. Go nuts with it!

Best Vegan Italian Tomato and Mushroom Soup

My method for really good mushroom soup is to get the mushrooms very dark before you add anything else to the pot. Then deglaze the mushrooms with the wine.

Treating the mushrooms in this way gives them a depth that permeates the soup.

So these first few steps laid out below are very important to achieving the deep flavor that makes this soup so satisfying and craveable.

1 pint sliced white mushrooms, chopped small
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1 can garbanzos, rinsed
1 can small red bean, rinsed
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 poblano, diced
2 tbls sriracha
1/4 dry white wine
5 cups water
2 1/2 tbls olive oil

1 tbl salt
2 tsps black pepper
2 tsps turmeric
2 tsps paprika
1 tsp crushed pepper flakes
2 tsps italian seasoning (oregano, rosemary, basil)

Why buy a pint of sliced mushrooms only to chop them smaller? There are a lot more sliced mushrooms in a pint than there are whole mushrooms in a pint. You could also use 2 pints of whole mushrooms.

Add your mushrooms to a cold stock pot and add 2 tsps of the salt. Bring the pot up to medium high heat and allow the mushrooms to cook down over the dry heat. They will release some liquid into the pot. This is good.

After the mushrooms have been cooking for a few minutes and are making a lot of noise add in the olive oil. Stir to coat the mushrooms in the oil and continue sauteing until nicely browned, about 5-7 minutes. Deglaze with the wine and cook off the wine for 2 minutes.

Now that our mushrooms have received the proper pampering, we can begin layering in the other ingredients.

Add tomatoes, poblano, jalapeno and garlic and cook down for 5 minutes.

Add water, sriracha, spices, remaining salt.

Let simmer for 15 minutes.

Add both beans.

Continue to simmer for at 10 more minutes.