Thursday, February 18, 2010

Black Bean Soup

I found this recipe on an article by MSN titled "Cheap and Low Calorie Dinners" and it lives up to it - you honestly can't get cheaper (it serves 6-8 good sized servings), all the ingredients are low cal, low or zero fat and all that good fiber and nutrition you get just from the black beans? You gotta be kiddin' me!

Black Bean Soup
1 tablespoon(s) canola oil (I used EVOO - habit)
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon(s) chili powder
1 teaspoon(s) ground cumin
3 can(s) (15-ounce) black beans, rinsed
3 cup(s) water
1/2 cup(s) prepared salsa (like Pace)
1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
1 tablespoon(s) lime juice
4 tablespoon(s) reduced-fat sour cream (optional)
2 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add chili powder and cumin and cook, stirring, 1 minute more. Add beans, water, salsa, and salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in lime juice.

Transfer half the soup to a blender and puree (use caution when pureeing hot liquids). Stir the puree back into the saucepan. Serve garnished with sour cream and cilantro, if desired.

*My kids are skinny little bugs so I served this soup to them with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and tortilla chips.

My husband ate it without any additions and slurped it up.

Hope you love it!

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