Friday, August 20, 2010
Black Bean Soup
The main ingredient - black beans.
Let me give you some benefits of black beans from The World's Healthiest Foods:
-Lots of fiber
-Lots of protein
-Lots of antioxidants
-Lots of iron
-They help to lower cholesterol
Fast and Delicious Black Bean Soup
I modified the recipe -- no bell pepper (because I can't always find organic bell peppers, and bell peppers are on the Dirty Dozen list of fruits/vegetables), ground turkey instead of ham, no salt, and no cheese or sour cream on top (but only because I forgot to add them). Also, I didn't bother to puree one of the cans of black beans. I've done that before and it just seemed like an unnecessary extra step.
Put the following in a pot and heat for about 5 minutes:
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-1 medium onion, chopped (I used quite a bit less)
-2 large carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
-3 cloves of garlic, minced
Next, add the following:
-2 15-oz cans of black beans
-1 14-oz can chicken broth
-2 cups cooked ground turkey
-1/4 teaspoon cumin
-ground black pepper to taste
Bring it all to a boil, and then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes. Garnish, if you like, with some shredded cheese and/or sour cream.
This is wonderful with some corn bread on the side! (I didn't feel like making any so I had some toasted homemade bread).