My name is Lisa Tsakos, Registered Holistic Nutritional Consultant, corporate speaker and author. This blog provides professional advice from a nutrition and weight loss expert (me!) about corporate and family health. Here you'll find recipes and articles that address work-related challenges like eating on-the-go and maximizing your productivity with the right foods. You'll also find out about how you can help your children develop strong immune systems and healthy bodies. As a nutrition instructor, I often found myself thinking, "When I have kids, this is how I will feed them." With two toddlers, I have the opportunity to practice what I have been preaching and to try out my theories. So far, they seem to be working! Follow me on my journey and also on Twitter @NuVitalityHW.

2 Feb 2013

Black Bean Soup Recipe

Black beans are my very favourite bean, and this is my favourite black bean soup recipe. The lemon is the pièce de résistance (must be my Greek background). The best part: it's super-fiber-rich - about 14 grams per 1 mere cup! 

1 tsp. olive oil
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
2 cups vegetable broth
1 can black beans or 2 cups dried black beans
juice of 1 lemon
pinch of nori
pinch of sea salt
freshly ground pepper

1.  If you're using dried beans, soak them overnight and cook.

2.  In a large saucepan, heat olive oil.

3.  Chop all vegetables. Sautée garlic and onions in saucepan until soft. Add remaining vegetables and ½ cup of vegetable broth. Cook vegetables until soft.

4.  Add the remaining broth and beans. Bring to a boil. When boiling, reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for another 10 minutes.

5.  In a blender, purée the soup in thirds. When puréed, pour back into saucepan. Stir in lemon juice, nori, sea salt and pepper and mix well.

Serve hot.

Makes 4 main dishes and 6 side dishes.

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