Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

This week’s mouth watering slow cooker recipe has been adapted from 125 best Vegetarian Slow Cooker recipes by Judith Finlayson. I also found an almost identical recipe here with bacon added, for all of you bacon lovers. This Black Bean Soup is a hearty and delicious soup that is quick to prep and is good for the budget. It’s also gluten free, dairy free (without optional dairy toppings added), and could even be vegan depending on broth type used. This recipe comes from Week one of my 3 week menu plan (that could save your marriage).

Black Bean Soup

Serves 4-6 as a main course

Ingredients:

1 tbsp coconut oil
2 onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
2 Tbsp cumin seeds
1 Tbsp dried oregano leaves
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 small can tomato paste
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained (each 14 to 19 oz), or 2 cups dried black beans, cooked and drained
1 freshly squeezed lime (approx 1/3 cup)
Finely chopped cilantro
Sour cream (optional)
Cheddar cheese (optional)
Nacho chips (optional)

I normally skip the step where you precook things a little in a skillet before adding them to the slow cooker, but with this soup I make an exception since I really wanted to boost the flavor of the cumin seeds which make this soup so mouth watering.

1. Saute veggies in a skillet for about 5 minutes, when they are softened add the seasonings and cook for 1 more minute. Transfer to slow cooker, and add the tomato paste, chicken or vegetable stock, and black beans. Stir to combine.

Sauteed veggies

2. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, or on high for 4 to 6 hours.

Soup, before pureeing

3. Before serving, puree to desired consistency (I use an immersion blender) and stir in lime juice.

4. Garnish with your choice of toppings. Enjoy!

black bean soup

We like to eat this soup with nacho chips for dipping, and it’s also very yummy on nachos the next day! The lime juice stirred in at the end gives this soup great depth of flavor.

Karen

Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. Psalm 25:4&5

The Three Week Menu Plan (that could save your marriage)

I was encouraged by all of the feedback that I have gotten regarding my post Suppertime Stress – a Solution. I had the hunch that this was a struggle for some other moms out there, and now my suspicions have been confirmed. I have been asked repeatedly to share my menu and my recipes from all you weary moms out there, and so I will be happy to do so. And just to clear the air, my marriage didn’t need saving. But more on that later.

Today I will share my 3 week menu plan, and then I will share the recipes in several mid week posts throughout the next few weeks. Without further ado, here is the menu plan (that could save your marriage):

Monday to Thursday utilize the slow cooker, so that on those busy school nights supper is ready right on time with no last minute stress.

3 week menu plan

There it is! I should mention that all of these recipes are gluten free and dairy free (with some optional dairy toppings). It’s been amazing having a go-to menu plan. I never have to try to come up with something at the last minute anymore which has been so stress free. I also now feel like I have the freedom to try something new if I want to change it up a little, and I’ll most likely end up adding a fourth week for all those other yummy meals that haven’t made the menu yet.

But how can this meal plan save my marriage, you ask? Well, that may be an outlandish claim BUT even so, following this menu plan has led to more harmonious, peaceful, well running days for our family as we go about doing all of the things that we do. There are fewer harsh words spoken; there is calmness where there was often calamity. Could that be enough to save your marriage? Well, it could be… What I do know is that it’s simple, and simple is good.

Go ahead, try it!

Karen

Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25 4 & 5