In my house soup recipes just happen. The recipe for this (vegan gluten free) black bean soup is usually made from a combination of whatever I have on hand, my mood, or the season. Since butternut squash is in season , it was my orange vegetable of choice; other times I may use carrots or yams.
I find my crock pot is ideal for making soup. I just throw everything into the crock in the morning, go about my day, and come home to a health giving pot of soup. It really is that easy and there is something nourishing available when you otherwise might start to snack while making dinner. Black Beans and orange vegetables are perfect soup for the crock; the flavors blend beautifully.
You can freeze this soup, too. So, eat some freeze some. I love it when I find a meal in the freezer.
When I thought about this soup, I thought in advance. I soaked a bag of black beans before I went to bed and rinsed them in the morning. ( no big deal right?) After rinsing, I then added the soaked and rinsed beans to the crock with 1/2 a butternut squash ( cubed) , some peeled and slice yams, chopped tomatoes, fresh garlic, sliced onion, and all kinds of herbs ( parsley, cilantro, basil) and lots of celery. I think the celery is what really makes it. Keep reading to find out why I call it a black bean salsa soup.
I let it cook all day ( 4 hours on high, 4 hours on low) or just do 6 hours on high.. 9 hours on low until the beans and veggies are soft.
I know that it looks like a lot of butternut squash, but I promise you the soup is not sweet! The squash is covering everything else.
Soup is perfect in the fall. You can eat the soup with some brown rice and a salad and call it a day! Butternut squash is plentiful at farms in our area right now, so I like to find lots of ways to use this health giving vegetable that is full of antioxidants and vitamins.
This soup is delicious but very mild. If you want a little kick add 2 T of chipotle spice while cooking or add a Tablespoon of fire roasted salsa (mild) that I get at Trader Joe's (-which has no salt and is fabulous; see below )- to your bowl upon eating.. I always add the salsa and thus I call my soup.Black Bean Salsa Soup..
|Finished Soup; good but mild before addition of salsa|
|I use a Tablespoon or so of Trader Joe's Fire Roasted Salt Free Salsa ( mild) from the little bowl|
to add to my soup bowl for a little kick
1 bag dry black beans , soaked overnight and drained
2 cups cubed butternut squash ( peeled)
1 medium yam, peeled and cubed
4 stalks celery, sliced ( I like organic)
2 large tomatoes, blanched and skin removed and chopped ( or canned chopped tomatoes)
1 medium onion , chopped
4 cloves garlic sliced thick ( or more to taste)
1/2 cup parsley, chopped ( organic)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro , chopped ( organic)
1/2 cup fresh basil , chopped (optional)
1 Tablespoon cumin
2 Tablespoons Trader Joe's salt free seasoning called " 21 Salute"
Throw everything into your crock pot . Cover the contents with water ( about 10-14 cups) or broth or a combination of both. Turn the crock pot onto high and cook for 4 hours. Turn down to low and allow to cook an additional 4 hours. If you are not home, just put on low for 9 hours or put on high for 6 hours.
CROCK POT FALAFEL- crazy idea but it works
Tip of the Day:
Do you know how many nutrients your little ones ate today?
If they are eating (GF) crackers, bread, pasta- probably not enough vitamins and antioxidants..
Try making a muffin tin filled with a variety of fresh fruit, cut up veggies, and healthy dips!
Let them pick from the colorful fresh food tray. Found this idea and photo on a blog called Bfit Bfree
Will be shared on the following blog carnivals