TOMATO BLACK BEAN SOUP: Low Fat, High Health, Big Flavor

I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of expressing my love for soup. It’s so easy – you just need take some leftover veggies and a food processor to make something healthy and delicious!

This soup is from a cookbook recipe, so while I can’t take the credit, I CAN tell you it was absolutely tasty and bursting with bright flavors. This makes a great year-round meal.

This one comes to us from what I truly believe is one of the best cookbooks to come out in the last year – Kim Barnouin’s Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook. I’m a bit of a cookbook junkie, and people often ask me what would be a good book especially if they aren’t already familiar with vegan cooking. THIS book should be on your list. It’s beautiful, full of gorgeous color photos, and the recipes are simple enough that you don’t need to feel like a culinary student to make something amazing.

Skinny Bitch Black Bean and Tomato Soup (p. 99)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Tbsp oil (olive, grapeseed, etc.)
  • 1 small white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • two 15 oz. cans of black beans
  • 1 large 28 oz. can of stewed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup corn, fresh or frozen
  • 3 cups vegetable broth (*I recommend using “Better Than Bullion” brand, mix with water)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce *** Find a veg-friendly kind, you can use Wizard’s brand or search online for other recommendations!
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • *** If you want it spicy, add some cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp chopped green onions ¬†(garnish)
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro (garnish)

Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and saute 3-4 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and red bell pepper, and saute about 30 seconds. Add the chili pepper and cumin, and stir until combined.

Add the black beans, tomatoes, corn, broth, water, oregano, red pepper flakes and worcestershire sauce. Stir and simmer about 15 minutes.

(NOTE: When I first typed this I wrote “ass the black beans”. I won’t begin to try and explain what that could mean, so be thankful I changed it to ‘add’ or we’d all be very messy.)

Transfer half of the soup to a food processor or blender. DON’T BLEND YET. Let soup sit in there about 10 minutes to cool off. Then blend until creamy.

Add the blended half of the soup back to the pot with the unblended soup. Add lime juice and salt.

Garnish with green onions and cilantro. You can also use crushed tortilla chips, lime wedges, red pepper strips or avocado!

This makes about six servings, and check this out: one serving only has 180 calories and 9 grams of fiber! So eat it up.

(Skinny) Bitchin’ about a New Cookbook!

If someone told you a book about veganism, slaughterhouses and insults would become a bestselling book, would you believe them? Likely not. But that’s just what happened when Rory Friedman and Kim Bournouin titled their book Skinny Bitch: A No Nonsense Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous!

Very sneaky. Under the guise of a regular ol’ diet book, Skinny Bitch shot to the top of the bestseller list almost immediately. While it is packed full of weight loss advice, nutrition info and some recipes, it also includes details about slaughterhouses and gross conditions of animals raised for food. It’s an interesting approach, though likely a little shocking for people who didn’t see it coming.

My over 60 year old boss (at my bookstore job) read it and went vegan overnight. Incredible!

Rory and Kim have since put out many more books (about being pregnant and vegan, for example) but recently Kim released a hardcover, full-color cookbook. Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook is full of fresh, easy and delicious recipes that all use whole foods.

Some of the best and most unique recipes include: vegan blue cheese dressing (WOW!), vegan chicken marsala, and coconut banana french toast. Are you salivating?

The other night for dinner I made the Peanut Pasta Salad with Fried Tembeh bits – essentially an asian inspired warm noodle dish with fresh broccoli, carrots and the BEST peanut sauce I’ve ever made! I know not everyone likes peanut butter – I’ve yet to ¬†understand how that is humanly possible – but if you do like peanut butter and peanut sauces, this will blow your mind.

Skinny Bitch Peanut Sauce

  • 3 Tbsp peanut butter (preferably natural)
  • 1/4 cup water (if the water is hot, it’s easier to mix)
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 Tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons french minced/grated ginger

Mix everything together, then put use it on noodle dishes such as this one, leafy greens, or anything else edible. It would likely make cardboard taste delicious.

Tonight, I’m going to make the Curried Chickpea Cakes. Whoa, I know. Want to come over?