Vegan Caramelized Mushroom and Tofu Puree

Since I started back up running outside again, I've been a little obsessed with tofu purees. 

They offer a tasty way to incorporate vegan protein into your diet with a limitless set of flavor possibilities. 

Watching the UK versions of Masterchef, I've seen them dot their plates with countless mushroom purees. It's about time I actually made one. 

I really focused on umani here. Mushrooms, soy sauce, nutritional yeast all have lots of it. 

The amazing thing you'll discover about tofu purees if you decide to try some is that when you eat them it feels like you're eating something rich and creamy and luxurious when in reality it's lean and nutritious. That's the magic of tofu!

1 pint button mushrooms
1/4 cup pinot grigio
2 tbls olive oil
1/2 package silken firm tofu
2 tbls sunflower seeds
3 cloves garlic
1 serrano
2 tbls nutritional yeast
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cayenne
2 tsps soy sauce
2 tbls soy milk
2 tsps salt

Use a  large cast iron skillet to caramelize the mushrooms. Start …

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.