Sunday, May 12, 2013

Quick & Easy Black Bean Soup

Don't have a lot of time but would love to have some throw together meals in the fridge for the upcoming week? You'll love this one.

It's easy to keep ingredients on hand to throw this together at a moment's notice, and fast to prepare with little to no chopping, because sometimes, you just need a break. Am I right?

Today, Mother's Day was just one of those days. Hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day!

This recipe is adapted from The Fast Black Bean Soup recipe in Dr. Fuhrman's book, Eat for Health. Can you tell I love this book? It's also on his website:

Here we are using some frozen veggies, black beans and even a low salt black bean soup for the base. Carrot juice and tomatoes round out the collection of flavors. If you are worried about the frozen veggies, know that while fresh is always best, little nutrients are lost in the freezing process and in some cases it might be easier to find organic produce this way.

Plus this is for those times when you need something ready to go with little fuss and the taste is worth it. This makes about 5 healthy servings.


2 15-ounce cans of black beans, no or low salt, and strained and well rinsed (to remove salt)
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
2 cups frozen corn
2 cups frozen broccoli florets
2 cups carrot juice
1 15-ounce can prepared black bean soup, low to no salt.
1 cup water
1 cup fresh tomato, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro
1/8 teaspoon chili powder

Optional toppings:

1 avocado, chopped or mashed
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds

Note: you will probably have some left over veggies so just defrost them and add them to your salads, a wrap or a pita for a little more variety.

Quick and Easy Black Bean Soup


Combine beans, all the frozen vegetables, carrot juice, water, soup, cilantro and chili powder in a soup pot. Bring to boil and then reduce to simmer on low for 30 minutes.

Stir in chopped fresh tomato and heat through for a few minutes.
Serve topped with avocado, green onions and pumpkin seeds if using.

This soup pairs very well with a fresh green salad. A simple, and healthy lunch or dinner ready to go.

So there you have it. Fast, easy and healthy to boot.


Until next time… 

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