Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

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Shingles Vacine and Treatment

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Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Black Bean Soup

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on May 24, 2011 ][ In Soup ]

Even though it is late spring, the weather has been pretty cool.  I haven’t even gotten any flowers potted because the weather has been so unpredictable and unseasonable.  The temperatures haven’t stopped my daughter Grace from swimming 4 to 6 every evening because that is what swimmers do.  Her coach did pull her out early one day because she was turning blue.  So it seemed like the perfect idea to make black bean soup last week with some leftover pork tenderloin.  You know how I like to use leftovers for another meal!

So I pulled this soup together with some pantry staples and it turned out very well.  It got high ratings on taste from the family and simplicity from me.  You could probably have this soup on the table in 20 minutes if you hustle.  I made cornbread to go with it so that took a bit longer.  Make the cornbread first and let it bake while you prepare the soup.

Black Bean Soup
3 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, sliced
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 to 2 cups chopped cooked pork
1/4 tsp. chipotle chili powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cilantro
1 tsp. cumin

Heat 2 to 3 Tbsp. olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat and saute the onions 2 minutes.  Add the celery and carrots and continue sauteing until all is lightly browned, about 5 minutes more.  Add the beans, tomatoes, broth, pork, and seasonings and heat to boiling.  Reduce heat and let simmer 10 minutes.  Add more water if the soup is too thick.  Done!

You could use leftover chicken or even some beef or just make it vegetarian.  You might also want to use a tad less chipotle powder as this was pretty spicy and hot.  Serve it over rice for another variation if you like or if you need to feed more people.  The leftovers were good for lunch the next day.

A holiday weekend is coming up and I will feature a “light” dessert on Thursday that would be perfect to serve at your cookout.

Upadated on May 24, 2011

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