The weekend is here, finally!!
I figured that I should use my slow cooker to make some sort of soup dish one more time before the weather starts to warm up. While I can still use it in the summer to make other things, I probably won’t be wanting soup for much longer.
I decided to make black bean soup. I had a bag of dried black beans and the last time I tried to make them (not in the slow cooker), I didn’t have very much success. I soaked them overnight and then cooked them for what seemed like forever, and they still were just too hard and gross. I figured I would have much better luck if the beans were cooking in the slow cooker all day.
I made up a random recipe because I wanted to make it a little spicy and wasn’t sure what to expect but it came out really well!
Black Bean Soup with a kick
1 16 ounce bag dried black beans
6 cups water or chicken broth (or half and half)
1 small can green salsa (or you could use a can of green chilies for an extra kick)
1 large onion
1 pepper, any color will do
2 cloves garlic
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Juice of 1 lime
4 t cumin
2 t chili powder
1 t salt (or omit extra salt if using broth)
To make you will need to saute the onions and pepper on low heat until they are cooked thoroughly (about 10-15 minutes). Put the onion/pepper mixture and all other ingredients into crockpot and stir to mix. Turn on low for 6 hours. You can either leave the soup like this, or you can remove half and blend it in a blender, or use a handheld blender and blend for a few minutes. This step is to thicken up the soup. The reason I say half is so the soup still has some substance to it. If you would prefer to have all smoothness/creaminess then blend the whole thing. I personally didn’t want to blend the whole thing because then it seems less hearty to me.
I wanted to make this during the day while I was at work but knew that I would have very little prep time in the morning unless I wanted to get up earlier–which I did not. So, at night, I poured the dried beans and all of the spices and chopped garlic into the crockpot. I cooked the onions and pepper and once they were cooked I put them in a tupperware container along with the chicken broth, lime juice, lemon juice and green salsa. Then in the morning, I just dumped the contents of the tupperware in and turned the crockpot on. Doesn’t look pretty but it made things much easier!
I thought this soup was really flavorful and reallyyy filling. I ate a pretty small portion (maybe a cup or a cup and half?) and felt stuffed. It is really nutritious, and very good! If you like black beans you will love it.
Note: This pic was before I decided to blend the soup, so it looks thicker than the above pics after it is blended. Sorry forgot to take a final photo.
I was supposed to run 7 miles today but it is raining, windy and cold in Chicago So instead I went to the gym and did 4.5. I am not good at the treadmill, I just get so bored!! Now I’m off to get ready for a night out…do you have any fun weekend plans??