Quick and Easy Black Bean Soup

easy black bean soup

quick and easy black bean soup

It was a cold and frosty day. I wanted something filling, but not too heavy. Not sure what I was in the mood for, I headed for the pantry. A can of black beans stared at me…hmm. Soup! Yes, creamy black bean soup! So I grabbed this and that and went to the stove to create my black bean soup from scratch.

It was so simple and easy to make. I had everything I needed right in my kitchen. I’m trying to be more mindful about what I eat. So, I used low-sodium black beans to make it even more healthy.

This soup doesn’t have too many ingredients. Besides the beans, there’s vegetable broth and onions. Fresh cilantro tied it all together. Yum. A great vegetarian and vegan soup.

This protein-packed soup would go well with a nice crusty piece of bread and a salad.

Quick and Easy Black Bean Soup
Recipe type: Soup
  • 3 15oz cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil
  • 20oz Vegetable Broth
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3-5 fresh cilantro leaves, optional
  1. in a pot, saute onion over medium heat until they start to turn translucent
  2. add remaining ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes, until heated through.
  3. Let cool a little and use hand/emersion blender to make a nice smooth soup.

easy black bean soup

Chunky Avocado Salsa

Chunky Avocado Salsa

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This chunky avocado salsa recipe is a great meat-free alternative. It’s sure to please vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

Football season is among us and this would be the perfect dish to bring to a friend’s to snack on with some tortilla chips. This is a perfect Super Bowl party recipe.

When you combine the ingredients this salsa stays chunky, but also gets a little creamy from the avocado. The corn in this salsa recipe adds a nice sweet crunch.

I wasn’t in an onion-y mood when I made this, but this would be great with some diced red onion. Also, you can use a few minced garlic cloves instead of garlic powder to add a more fresh zingy garlic taste.

Serve this chunky avocado salsa with tortilla chips. The scoop kind is perfect to pick up this chunky salsa.

Chunky Avocado Salsa


Chunky Avocado Salsa
Recipe type: Dip, Appetizer
  • 3 Tomatoes, diced
  • 2 Avocados, diced
  • 1 C. Corn (I used Canned)
  • 1 C. Black beans
  • Handful of fresh cilantro (to your taste)
  • 1tsp garlic powder
  • ¼-1/2 tsp salt (depending on how salty you like it)
  • pepper, to taste
  • 21/2 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  1. In a medium bowl, add diced tomatoes and avocados and stir gently.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips. The scoop kind are great for this chunky dip.


Super Easy Bean Salad

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Super easy bean salad


This bean salad recipe is super simple, hence the name Super Easy Bean Salad!

There is no cooking required. You can change up the beans or vinegar with what you have on hand to make it your own! I usually use cut green beans, but I didn’t have any. So, I used the french style and it actually added a little something different with the variety of bean sizes.

I am a vegetarian living with carnivores, so I have to sometimes come up with food that is nutritious for everyone. Beans are a great source of protein.

I love this recipe because, not only is it inexpensive, it tastes delicious.

Super Easy Bean Salad
Recipe type: side dish, salad
  • 1 15oz can red kidney beans
  • 1 15oz can cannellini beans
  • 1 15oz can french style green beans
  • ¼ chopped red onion
  • ⅛-1/4 tsp of garlic powder
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Drain and rinse all of the beans
  2. in a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients
  3. serve right away, or put in the fridge to enjoy it cold

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