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Black Bean and Rice Soup

Updated on December 13, 2017
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Exploring food facts, folklore, and fabulous recipes... one ingredient at a time.

We have been blessed with a beautiful day. It seems our long wait for spring-like weather has finally been rewarded. There's so much to do in my yard, I can't spend a great deal of time in the kitchen. And I'd much rather work in my garden than buy groceries (yes, I'm a disorganized mess today).

How to handle the dinner dilemma?

I need something that utilizes the things I already have in my pantry, is quick to fix or will be content to simmer on my stove. And tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo (all this week I've craving Mexican food) so I'd like to create something spicy. Oh, and did I mention that my husband is coming down with a cold and so would probably like to have soup?

I have canned tomatoes and canned black beans--those could become the base for a soup. I know that there is some precooked brown rice in the freezer. A bit of that added at the end of cooking would make the soup a bit more hearty and satisfying and would also provide a nutritional boost. There's a bit of fresh cilantro in my frig that I could use.... OK, I think I have a plan.

Black Bean and Rice Soup

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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 1 hour 15 min
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 15-oz can petite diced tomatoes, (do not drain)
  • 2 cans black beans, (do not drain)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tsp. chili powder, (or more if you want more heat)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups medium-grain white rice, cooked
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, optional
  1. Place the canned tomatoes, ONE can of the beans, the onion, and the spices (chili powder, oregano, cumin) in a large saucepan with a lid. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn the heat to low, cover, and simmer about 1 hour or until the tomatoes and beans are very soft.
  2. Stir in the 2nd can of beans and the cooked rice. Simmer about 15 minutes more. Just before serving, stir in the lime juice and cilantro.

The Benefits of Beans

  1. Heart-healthy -- they lower cholesterol
  2. Low in fat -- only 2 or 3 percent fat (compare that to the fat in a burger and fries!)
  3. Full of protein
  4. They balance blood sugars (meaning more energy and less crankiness)
  5. Cut cancer risk - all of that wonderful fiber and antioxidants!
  6. Prevent constipation (that fiber again)
  7. They fill you up -- beans digest slowly and keep you feeling fuller longer
  8. Convenience -- you can find them fresh in the produce section, canned, or frozen
  9. They are CHEAP
  10. Full of nutrients -- a nutritional powerhouse
  11. Versatility -- beans can be used in appetizers, salads, main dishes, side dishes, and I've even seen Iron Chef use them in desserts (bean ice cream anyone?)

© 2013 Linda Lum

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      Linda Lum 5 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Janshares - Thank you for your feedback. I agree--food is more than something that we eat. Food tells a story; it goes back to our roots. The foods we remember from our childhood stay with us and tie together the past, present, and future.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 5 years ago from Washington, DC

      I like the way you personalize the recipe hub. I like to do the same, by making the recipe hub informative and/or personal. I think it makes it more interesting and keeps the reader engaged for more than just ingredients. The recipe sounds yummy. I will try this one. Voted up and useful.

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