Black Bean Soupppp!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Hello there, how are you this Friday? Don't forget to enter the cuisinart giveaway. It ends this Monday.

Hello, I have been living like it's vacation mode and not school mode. 5 weeks of school and I already lost my motivation! not good. But I need to keep pushing harder because 5 weeks of class is going to fly by pretty fast, and up to this point I can't afford to bomb!

Breakfast was the same...yet different. Not only have I been lazy about school, but also with breakfast. Last night I was lazy to chop bananas. Pathetic, I know...but I didn't want to wash any silverware, so I added Jello Sugar Free Chocolate-Pudding Mix to my overnight oats and even stuck the spoon in there overnight!....because I was too lazy to wash that too, ha.

- 1/3 old fashioned oats
-1 Tbsn Chia Seeds
-8 oz Almond milk
-1 Tbsn SF chocolate-pudding mix

It was...well...very pudding like AND delicious. I was slightly suprised that I didn't need to add stevia to it, the sweetness was subtle.
The consistency was much smoother and thicker with the pudding mix, and I LIKE it. I will definately repeat it tomorrow with CHEESECAKE pudding mix!

* Please turn your head counter-clockwise

A Green Shake for breakfast as well.

-1 cup of frozen spinach
-1 cup of Almond Milk
-1 scoop of ALIVE! powder in Vanilla

My breakfast required very little chewing.

New Coffee: Godiva Chocolate Truffle....

You may be thinking to yourself  how this coffee sounds like such a treat, but that wasn't the case for me. I think Godiva needs to stick to making chocolate and not coffee! I did not like it for some reason, the taste threw me off.

I loved how dark and aromatic their grounds were, but it was not the case after it brewed. I'm weird. For now, I just need to stick to the Target Brand: Archers Farm in S'mores. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Since we have a coffee-maker in the office, perhaps my co-workers might enjoy it. That works.

Black Bean Soup---

This morning I woke up to Black Beans that have been slow cooked for an eight hour period on low.
It smelled fantastic, similar to bbq'd baked beans.

Last night I added:

-2 cups of veggie stock
-2 cups of water
-Generous sprinkling of Mesquite seasoning (the reason behind the mouth watering aroma)
-Ground pepper
-Cayenne Pepper

Slow cook for 8 hours

Then I chopped some more veggies and cooked them over a stove top

-Cherry tomatos
-Red onions
-Red, Orange, Yellow, Green sweet bell peppers
-Serrano Peppers (chooped along with the seeds!)
-White sweet corn (not pictured)
-Okra (not pictured)

I sauteed them in olive oil and added ground pepper, sea salt, and mesquite seasoning.

This seasoning smells soooo amazing if you love bbq! If I became a vegetarian and I sprinkled this in my food, my brain would be tricked to believing I was eating BBQ ribs!

cook it until the veggies are sweaty and soft.

Then I dump em' back in the slow cooker and let it slow cook for another hour.

For lunch I pureed my soup in a blender aaaand it was fantastic (sorry no picture). I was suprised at how much it filled me up It was really spicy with a kick, and the corn/black bean mellowed everything out. I will definately make this again and change up the variety of veggies next time.

Let me introduce you to a new member of the family...


I nearly bawled laughing when my sister announced we have a new dog, and in walks a little chihuahua in her slutty dress...(I'm not sure what breed she is)

I think she is a little timid, she hasn't even barked or eat yet :o(
Right now is is sitting on my lap and getting used to me.

Do you have any favorite soup combinations or recipes?
- I would like to start making soup more, especially with the slow cooker!


Anonymous April 17, 2010 at 1:00 PM  

The black bean soup looks great! I don't have soup nearly enough - usually it leaves me feeling like I'm not full enough, but with this weather today I could certainly go for some!
The breakfast looks awesome, too. The Jello was so clever! And I reallly need to make a Target run to get that coffee. Too bad it's such a haul to the closest Target!

Ana April 19, 2010 at 7:07 AM  

Awww Lilly is adorable!!! She is such a lucky gal to become a part of your fam ;) Your black bean soup looks delicious, I have always wanted to use my slow cooker this is such a great recipe!
Thanks for the heads up on the Godiva coffee lol!

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