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Quick Black Bean Soup with Avocado Lime Swirl

One of my 2017 goals is to declutter.  I am going to do one “area” of our house each day for the year!  Well, that’s the plan anyway.  😉  January’s main focus was on the kitchen.  To help make it not so overwhelming, I am just spending 10 minutes (somedays are a little less and some a little more) to do one drawer, or one shelf on the pantry, or one cabinet.  The one that is coming up (but I’m putting off) is my recipes and cookbooks.  I know that there are some that I haven’t opened in YEARS, and I also have piles of recipes that I have printed, when realistically, I probably don’t need that paper… more often than not I look up recipes on my phone or iPad.  But for some reason I want to hold on to them!

One book that I found and opened up boasted about fast fix meals, I think all of them were 30 minutes or less.  The only problem was, the reason they were quick is because the “ingredient” in many of them included a can of “cream of mushroom/broccoli/chicken/etc” soup!  I love soup, but I rarely buy them in a can because I find that more often than not, they have ingredients I want to avoid… even “natural” or organic soup!  Adding that book to my donate box!

I loved the idea of using cans to make it really easy, though.  Especially because my husband is still on crutches.  Anything to make life easier lately, I’ll take!  I’d already done a “dump and go” soup with cans in this taco soup recipe. What else could I do?

As if answering me, someone in a Facebook moms group I’m in posted requesting soup recipes.  I shared my taco soup and crockpot curry. Someone else posted about using salsa and black beans to make a black bean soup.  Bingo!

I took it and ran with it, making several versions, that all came out GREAT!

And, no chopping required. (Except for cutting open an avocado for the optional topping).

And, it’s inexpensive! (all organic from Aldi… jar of salsa $1.99, 2 cans of black beans $0.79 each, quart of broth $1.99, and some cumin which I already had).  Then for the topping it was just one avocado (I don’t usually buy organic) $0.69, a lime $0.25, and some salt.  The grand total for this meal that serves 4-6 depending on serving size… $6.50.

This recipe truly proves that eating healthy doesn’t mean spending hours in the kitchen, and doesn’t mean spending a fortune!  

It would be even cheaper if you made your own beans from dried and made your own broth from vegetable scraps (future blog posts? 🙂 ).  Although, then of course it wouldn’t be “quick.”

One other note is that I always try to buy salsa without added sugar.  Look at the label!  The Aldi brand organic salsa does have added sugar, but they have another brand (at our store) that does not. If you have a choice with the canned beans, always look for a BPA-free can, and “less salt.” And if you have an Aldi by you but have never gone, go check it out!  Organic salsa at Wegmans can be over $6 for the same size jar!

Don’t feel like you have to get the same one I did though.  I actually tried this with 4 different salsas.  One mild, one medium, one smoky, and one chipotle lime.  This recipe was good no matter what I did to change it up!

I had fun making this feel fancier with the avocado lime swirl. Just blitz in a food processor.  But, feel free to just cut up pieces of avocado to put on top to make it even quicker! Or, you could get storebought guacamole.  Again, I would just try to find one with no yucky additives or sugar.  (Sugar in guac? I haven’t seen it, but nothing surprises me with the food industry anymore! I once bought minced garlic in a jar just to get home and see that it had high fructose corn syrup in it). Check your labels!

My daughter also had fun with the extra avocado lime topping.  She kept requesting pictures on corn chips! Here is her little hand trying to eat the soup while my husband was distracting her with the chips so I could take the photo.

Eating the “caterpillar” chip.

And the soup is all gone!  One last smiley face chip…


Quick Black Bean Soup with Avocado Lime Swirl
 
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Serves: 4-6
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Delicious creamy black bean soup, with optional avocado lime swirl, proves that healthy eating doesn't have to be hard or expensive!
Ingredients
soup
  • 1 (16oz) jar of salsa
  • 2 cans of black beans (drained)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 quart vegetable broth (can replace with chicken or beef broth)
avocado lime topping
  • 1 avocado
  • juice from ½-1 lime (depending on how juicy your lime is and how much lime flavor you want)
  • ⅛-1/4 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Heat the salsa in a medium pot to reduce a little bit, for about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Add the black beans, cumin, and broth.
  3. Cook for another 10 minutes or so.
  4. Once heated through, take ½-3/4 of the soup and blend it until smooth in the blender, then pour it back into the pot.
  5. This will give you a soup that is creamy, yet still has some texture.
  6. While the soup is cooking, pit the avocado and add it to food processor, along with lime juice and salt. Process until smooth.
  7. Use a piping bag (I used a plastic bag and cut off the corner), to make a pretty swirl on top of the finished soup bowls.
  8. Garnish with additional beans, greens, or chips if desired.
  9. Enjoy!

 

Add this recipe to your meal plan for this week and let me know what you think!  I’m so excited to hear from you!

I’d also love to hear your recipes for quick or easy meals!

Leave me a comment below! 

 

 

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