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Black Bean & Tomato Soup

Black Bean & Tomato Soup

I needed a quick meal the other day and my wife had mentioned seeing a recipe for a black bean soup.  She didn’t have the web address handy, so I improvised this recipe.  It turned out pretty tasty!

Soup Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Can Black Beans
  • 1 Large Can Rotel Tomatoes or Petite Dice Tomatoes (I’d go with the Rotel Tomatoes with chilies but the kids don’t all like spicy.)
  • 1/3 Medium Onion
  • 1/2 Bell Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
  • Salt  & Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 Cup Vegetable (or Chicken) Broth

Add Ins:

  • Cheese
  • Garlic Chili Sauce
  • Cooked Rice (2 cups uncooked works well with this much soup.)

Directions:

  1. If you are making rice start it now. (I love my rice cooker, saves so much time and effort.  Plus I never get burned rice 🙂 )
  2. Place all soup ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. (If you have a Vitamix, you can skip the next step by just turning it up to high and letting it heat up like any normal Vitamix soup.)BlackBeanSoupPrep
  3. Pour into soup pot and heat on med-low on stove. Stirring to keep from burning.
  4. Ladle into bowls and add any, all, or none of the suggested add-ins.  Enjoy!

Rice Congee

RiceCongeeAt the urging of our adopted daughter, I started making this yummy breakfast food after our trip to China last year.  It is a wonderful hearty rice soup that’s good hot or reheated a couple days later.  Our Chinese daughter likes it with a little Sriracha spicy sauce (I do too, it gives it a nice kick).

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup Diced Mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 Cups Diced Onion (1 Medium Onion)
  • 1 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
  • 4 Cubes Chicken Bullion (You can use vegetable bullion to make this recipe Vegan, but it wont taste the same.)
  • 1 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Tsp. Black Pepper (modify to your taste)
  • 7-8 Cups Water
  • 5 1/4 Cups Cooked Rice (Either frozen or directly from the Rice Cooker)

Directions:

  1. In a large stock pot, sauté the mushrooms and onions with some cooking spray (or water for lower calories).
  2. Add in the Minced Garlic when the onions and mushrooms are about half cooked.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot.
  4. Bring to a rolling boil for 5 min stirring occasionally.
  5. Taste and add more salt, garlic, pepper or soy sauce to your liking.  (It should taste like a chicken, onion, rice soup.)

Note: It will thicken some as it cools and especially in the fridge as the rice absorbs the liquid.

Curry Vegetable Paella

Paella PlatedI threw this dish together in about 45 min.  It was easy and everyone in my family enjoyed it.  It doesn’t require saffron rice like a normal paella.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups White Rice
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 1 Tbsp. Yellow Curry Powder
  • 1/2 Package Sliced Fresh Mushrooms
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Bell Pepper Diced (Add more if you like)
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Onion Diced (Add more if you like)
  • 1/2 Large Can Petite Diced Tomatoes Drained
  • 1 Can Corn
  • 2 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Black Pepper
  • 2 Tsp. Coriander
  • Chili Garlic Sauce To Taste

Directions:

  1. Place rice, water, and curry powder in Rice Cooker and turn on.  (This way it will be almost completely cooked by the time we get the rest done.)
  2. In a large pot, sauté onions, bell peppers, mushrooms for about 3 min.
  3. Add Tomatoes, Corn, Salt, Pepper, and Coriander to the pot and stir frequently.
  4. Cook until almost all the liquid is gone and all the veggies are done. Doesn’t take long maybe 3-5 min. Sauted Veggies
  5. Take off the heat and cover.
  6. Once the rice is done (Per your rice cooker directions) turn off the cooker.  The rice should have a nice yellow color and a good curry flavor.  Cury Rice
  7. Mix the rice with the veggies in the large pot until thoroughly distributed.
  8. Scoop into bowls and add some chili garlic sauce to make it spicy (my favorite).  Like this: Chili Garlic SauceOne of my daughters liked it better with some soy sauce (she doesn’t like spicy food).