recipe: black bean soup

My parents, both of which are avid chefs, woke up 32 days ago and decided to become vegans. Seriously.

I just assumed they lost their minds but when they made it through sitting shiva without diving into the pastry trays or smearing cream cheese on a bagel (I on the other hand ate everything in sight and may or may not have self medicated with dark chocolate covered potato chips) it was clear they were committed.

Their plant based diet has inspired a new world of cooking and holy broccoli, they aren’t messing around. Not only is every dish delicious (I’m talking Real Food Daily delightful) but many of the recipes are embarrassingly simple and inexpensive. Take this black bean soup they “threw together in a pinch” – ready in 6 minutes, approximately $10, low-ish in cals AND mouth watering good.

Watch out Mark Bittman!

How to: Black Bean Soup

You will need (all bought at Trader Joe’s except the sherry):
1 or 2 tablespoons of olive oil
16 oz. container of fresh salsa
1 16 oz. can of organic refried beans
1 or 2 (depending on how hearty you like it) 16 oz. cans of organic black beans, rinsed well and drained
1 cup of water (more or less) or vegetable stock
Optional: 1 or 2 tablespoons of sherry
Optional: sour cream for garnish

1. Heat olive oil into a large pot. Pour your fresh salsa into the olive oil, stir. Add refried and black beans into the salsa mixture and stir until the lumps are removed.

2. Add as much water ( or vegetable stock) as needed to get the texture you want. Warm slowly (so the beans don’t stick to the pot).

Optional: add the sherry just before serving.
Also optional: Add a dollop of sour cream to the bowls just before serving.
Note: I think this is sufficiently salty as is but feel free to add salt if you think it needs it.

Photo: herbivoracious


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  1. That does look good and I love beans. I may try it, but I’m a horrible cook…meaning I’m horribly at getting the energy to cook. What can I say I was raised horribly when it came to terms of feeding myself, but it’s okay me and Healthy Choice meals have a special bond now.

  2. wow. this looks amazing. keep these recipes coming! i’ve been dying to make black bean soup but just haven’t gotten around to it yet. this looks so simple.

  3. That looks amazing! I gave up meat (except fish) a few months ago, and I’ve been looking for more recipes involving black beans. Thanks for posting this, I’ll definitely try it!

    Love your blog-


  4. Were they vegetarians before; or is this a totally new thing? Good for them! As chefs, they have the power to change their diet, so why the heck not?

    Looks amazing.

  5. This looks delicious. My husband is vegan and we are raising our two kids vegans so I cook a lot based on that diet. I am just vegetarian – I love cheese way too much to give it up. Please share with us other vegan recipes of your parents’ diet.


  6. I just became vegan! can’t wait to see if you post some more great (and affordable) vegan dishes! Real Food Daily is delicious but a bit pricey for how often i’d like to eat there! p.s. love your blog

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