Black Bean Soup (GF, DF)

Christmas was good to us this year.  C and I picked thoughtful and useful gifts for the other person and we received some really nice gifts from C’s parents including my newest most prized possession – a K10 Mini Plus Keurig for my classroom…those poor kids, haha. 🙂


A gift that took the cake though was this…

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Though, the great irony is that the nearest TJ is two hours away.

Frankly, if it wasn’t for Pinterest, we wouldn’t eat new things, so I am always on the look out for new, easy recipes.  This cookbook combines my crush on Trader Joes and my food allergy with short ingredient lists and healthy shortcuts.

A few nights ago, I made their Seafood Paella recipe with some modifications (saffron is, no joke, $10 per bottle) and last night, I made their black bean soup.  Holy cow, this was delicious.  It was the perfect blend of spices and flavors and was super filling.  I only made one modification in that I added a tablespoon of fresh cilantro while the soup was simmering.  I served mini quesadillas (complete with salsa & guac, natch) just in case, but we definitely didn’t need them to feel full.

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iPhone photo for the win!

Also, have you heard of Pop & Cook frozen spices?  I remember reading about them on some blog (sorry I can’t remember it!) and then as I was purusing the aisles at the local Wal-Mart, I saw them in the frozen vegetable section.  This?  Is the lazy (& frugal) cook’s life saver.  I’m notorious for buying fresh spices and using them in a couple of recipes, but then the rest goes to waste, which makes me really sad.  In the soup recipe above, I used three cubes as one cube is equal to one teaspoon of fresh herb.  So worth the $2 for the product!  I know you can do this on your own, but I take baby steps towards doing a lot of things DIY.

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I was in no way sponsored in this post. I just loved the product that much!

Since it’s been so bloody cold out, soup is the only thing that I’ve wanted to make for a few weeks now.  I’m going to make Le French Lentil Soup out of the same cookbook for dinner tonight, I’ll let you know how that goes.


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