All the Way from Mexico, Black Bean Soup

GulfHola Baby! This was supposed to be coming to you last week from Cabo on the Tropic of Cancer! For a bit of geography click on this link and learn all about our tropics, latitudes, longitudes, and the likes. Exercise for the brain y’all. But the night before we were to travel, a little publicized Tropical Storm named Lydia hit the Baha Peninsula, washing out roads, closing the airport, knocking out electricity, and much more. I was ready to throw in the towel and just stay home; but not my fast thinking sister-in-law HHH. Within thirty minutes, she had us re-booked to the east coast of Mexico with stellar accommodations at The Iberostar.  PoolI was determined to do some testing of Mexican/Southwestern recipes with the Cabo Chef at Diamante. so I just switched gears and here I am sharing new knowledge with you good people from Playa del Carmen instead! Mucho to come! Yummy, Bold Flavors! Just attempting to put some well being into each and every day.

Soup Black Bean Soup I

3 Tbs olive oil
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
1 Tbs ground cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 14 oz cans black beans, drained and divided
3 cups chicken broth
Juice of whole lime
1/4 t salt
1/2 t black pepper

For Garnish:
Avocado, cut into small pieces
Cilantro, chopped
Sour Cream
Lime slices

Heat oil over medium high heat in soup pot.
Add onion.
Sauté until translucent, about 4 minutes.
Add cumin, garlic, 2 cans of drained beans, and broth.
Cover and cook on low 30 minutes.
While soup is cooking, heat remaining 1 can beans in separate pot for 20 minutes, until tender.
Remove soup pot from heat.
Carefully blend with immersion blender until smooth and totally blended.*
Add lime juice, salt and pepper.

To serve:
Ladle soup into bowl.
Spoon separate beans in center.
Top with dollop of sour cream, avocado pieces, cilantro, and lime.**

*You may also use a blender to blend soup in batches. Cover top with wet paper towel instead of blender top. This allows steam to escape.

**I squeeze a bit more lime juice in to each bowl after it is served and garnish side of bowl with additional lime slice.Palm Trees

Black Bean and Vegetable Soup

Hello delicious! I’ve embarked on a quest to get just a tad healthier as my big sixtieth is staring me squarely in the face. So I’ve been hoarding vegetarian cooking journals as of late. Tried this over the weekend and it was a smashing hit with both td and me. Most of you know that I adore soups of almost any variety, so I love finding new ones to stir around! Added bonus…it’s luxury on a budget. Nice earthy aroma and taste too. It may be a secret, but I’m sharing it!soup black bean vegetable I

3 stalks celery, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 Tbs olive oil
1 t dried oregano
1 t dried cumin
1/2 t red pepper flakes
1/2 t celery seeds
3 cloves minced garlic
15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 bay leaf
20 oz diced tomatoes

Heat olive oil over medium high in soup pot.
Add celery, carrots, and onion.
Cook 5 minutes, turning heat to medium low after first minute.
Add oregano, cumin, red pepper flakes, celery seeds, and garlic.
Cook 1 minute, stirring.
Add black beans, bay leaf, and tomatoes.
Add 4 cups water.
Bring to full simmer.
Turn heat to low and cook 45 minutes, stirring every few minutes.

Thank you Melissa d’Arabian for including this in the October issue of Food Network Magazine.Soup Black Bean Vegetable