Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

My cousin gave me this Black Bean soup mix for Christmas along with some other Fair Trade items. I used the rest up already, but this mix has been in the pantry for awhile and today just seemed like the day to cook it! I love black beans, so I think I was secretly "saving" it, but I have a bad habit of keeping treasured items until they're dried up, expired, or otherwise unusuable. Which totally negates the point of saving something to use for a special occasion, if you can't ever use it!

I separated the beans, pulling out the shriveled ones and any skin remnants. Then, I dumped them in the slow cooker with:

1 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
~3 cloves of garlic, minced
4 carrots, chopped
included spice pack containing oregano, basil, and cumin
extra spices (garlic and onion powders, pepper, and 2 bay leaves)
2 vegetable bouillon cubes
1/2 cup of tomato sauce/paste
8 cups water
1 package of Johnsonville brats, frozen

I gave it a stir, and put the cooker on low for two hours, but it wasn't really progressing, so then cooked it on high for 6 hours. The picture isn't very appetizing, but I can assure you that it was a really great bowl of hot food to warm the chilly, rainy, windy Chicago weather we're still having!

I also want to spread the news that this week's BSI is almonds! Karen at To be the Whole Package is hosting, so click on over to submit! I think I might use almond butter. Mmm

On the way home today I stopped by a little bakery Johnny and I just noticed two weeks ago. It's only about a mile from our house and next door to the Chinese take-out we always use, so it's funny we never saw it before. I wanted to check things out, and it was really cheap and all home-made with unique items, custom cakes, and all the regulars. I'll definitely be going back, and might even ask for an application!

These day-old bagels were only .25¢ each, I think!

These were called St. Joseph's cakes. Almost like a crueller with bavarian cream inside and a little strawberry and powdered sugar on top. It reminded me of a true ricotta cannoli - more mild, not something you'd describe as "sweet." Very nice, and exactly how I like my desserts because I'm the girl that scrapes off all the icing before eating the cake! They were $1.50 each and maybe about 4" across.

In total, my bill was only $3.60, including tax, for these two desserts and two bagels!


Nowheymama said...

I would like to be eating one of those for breakfast RIGHT NOW.

Mara @ What's For Dinner? said...


Sweetie Pie said...

Oooh! That soup looks yummy! I had black beans for dinner this evening too. It must be in the air. Your muffins from the previous post looked yummy too!!

Anonymous said...

Your soup looks delicious - black bean is one of my favorites - never have done it in the slow cooker before though!

And love the bakery finds!!

Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

I'm with Biz, I've never tried it in the crock pot, but love the recipe! I'm sure it tasted great!

test it comm said...

That is one hearty looking soup! I like using black beans in soups like this.