Wednesday, December 15, 2004

a healthier black bean soup 

courtesy of lurker Allison:

2 tbs of olive oil or small amount of soup stock

2 stalks of celery, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cups soup stock

1 can of V8 juice, or 1 cup of tomato juice, or 1/2 can of crushed tomatoes

1 can of black beans, rinsed

1 tsp of ground cumin

salt and pepper to taste

makes 6-8 bowls of soup
-heat olive oil in a heavy soup pot at medium heat (if you want to make this NO FAT use a small amount of soup stock instead) add chopped celery and onion, cook until soft. add soup stock, V8 or tomato juice (if you use crushed tomatoes you mayneed to add water)

add black beans (rinse them before adding) bring to a boil, turn the heat down to simmer and add cumin, blend the soup smooth with a hand blender add salt and pepper to taste*** depending on the stock you use you may not need any salt - TASTE FIRST

OPTIONS - if you want a garlicky soup add some fresh garlic to the onions and celery.if you prefer to see your veggies don't blend the soup and add some corn - it looks really pretty

We often have this soup with chicken quesadillas and fresh salsa, even the kids like it..