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Immune System Black Bean Soup

Whenever someone tells me they feel under the weather, I immediately tell them I would like to cook something for them that seems like it could help.  Rob has a cold/cough that has been hanging on for weeks, has been stressed, etc. so I decided perhaps black bean soup would help.  Nutritious beans, tons of garlic, hearty comfort food, potatoes, some cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and a lot of potential ways to incorporate it into a larger meal, or keep it simple as a light lunch or snack.

Simple Black Bean Soup

2 cans black beans, 1 drained/rinsed and the other not

1 28 oz. can tomatoes (diced or whole, whichever you prefer)

1-2 andouille style chicken sausage

1 small potato, small dice

1 large yellow onion, chopped

1/2 large red onion, chopped

1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped

5 cloves of minced garlic

1 cup stock (or more if you like)

2 bay leaves

1-2 tbsp dried mexican oregano

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp cumin

a generous splash of worcestershire sauce

cayenne pepper to taste

salt and pepper to taste

lemon and or lime juice

1.  Saute onions and diced potatoes

2.  Add in garlic, cook with onions until fragrant.

3. Add in bell pepper, mushrooms

4. Pour in cans of beans, tomatoes, stock, and seasonings. Toss in chopped up chicken sausage, if you like.  Let simmer for 30 min-1 hour.

Serve with crusty bread, over a potato, with quesadillas or nachos, topped with yogurt or sour cream, sharp cheddar, chopped cilantro and scallions…you know the drill.

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