Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Souper Easy Smokey Bean and Kale Soup

Sometimes it really feels that life conspires towards us. Take this example: Last night I was presenting a speech on overcoming emotional eating at Whole Foods during their Engine 2 28-day Challenge. A participant approached the leader of the challenge as I was standing next to her. She showed her a recipe for a very simple soup that she said was amazing. It was comprised of one can of refried beans, 1 can of beans, 1 jar of salsa, some oil and, I think, sour cream. She was so excited because she could see that all you had to do was eliminate the oil and sour cream and it would be a perfectly E2 soup.

After the evening was over and I was shopping in the store I remembered that Gena from http://www.choosingraw.com/ had been talking about a product called "Liquid Smoke" on her blog that day and raving about a smoky hummus that she had made with the liquid smoke. My mind started to put two and two together . . . a smokey refried bean soup with . . . can you guess? KALE!

Like I said, sometimes life just conspires towards us. This soup is incredible. The Liquid Smoke was only $1.99! But better yet, this soup couldn't be easier. I think a child could make it!


Healthy Girl's Smokey Bean and Kale Soup
serves 6-8 people

Printable Recipe

1 jar of your favorite salsa
2 cans beans-black or pinto-drained and rinsed
2 cans fat free refried beans-black or pinto
1/2 bag frozen corn-I like Trader Joe's frozen roasted corn
1 box low sodium vegetable broth (4 cups)
1 bunch lacinato kale, sliced into ribbons and washed
1/4 tsp or more Liquid Smoke
a few tortilla chips, optional

Place salsa, beans, refried beans, frozen corn, and vegetable broth in soup pot over medium heat. Stir and bring to a simmer.

Add kale, stir and lower heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes. Taste. Add 1/4 tsp liquid smoke. Taste and add more Liquid Smoke to your taste.

Great with a few crunched up tortilla chips sprinkled over the top! O-M-Goodness!
Serve with a giant salad for a souper filling dinner. Okay, enough with the "souper" now.

10 comments:

JL goes Vegan said...

Oh, love this recipe! Love how easy it is and love the kale (natch).

Emilee Joy said...

That sounds amazing. I love bean soups and adding the kale would just make it that much better. And I LOVE liquid smoke. I use it frequently. :)

Sindy said...

I want to hear more about your speech!!

Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner said...

I've seen refried black beans at the store. Would you recommend them?

Your soup sounds INCREDIBLE! I can't wait to try it!!!!! :D

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day said...

I'm also curious about your speech!

This soup sounds delicious!

Michelle said...

Your soup looks and sounds good! I'll have to try this as soon as I get some liquid smoke. I saw that hummus recipe over at choosingraw also. I put liquid smoke on my grocery list. :o)

Jessica said...

Made a great dinner - the curried caulifower and chickpea stew from Clean Start - served it over brown rice. Excellent. 13 year old daughter liked it too! Looking forward to your talk tomorrow night at WF Chagrin!

Marilyn said...

I've been a lurker for awhile, just found your blog a few weeks ago. Do you think this would work with swiss chard? I still have lots in my garden. (I live in the desert southwest and we garden pretty much year round.)

Wendy (Healthy Girl) said...

Marilyn-Swiss chard would work perfectly! You are lucky to have it growing in your gardent!

Michelle said...

Made this on Sunday and have been having a cup with lunch all week! So easy to throw together and tasty too! Today my 3 year old chose it over mac n cheese!!!! Thanks!!!

 
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