Spicy Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

theveganfarmer.com bl bean soupEmme has been up since dark o’clock.  Which left me with plenty of time to concoct this recipe and get it cooking.  All before 8 a.m.  And since it is a dreary and drizzly day, I thought I’d add a little spice. This soup is precisely what I needed today.

What You’ll Need

olive oil

1/2 chopped onion

chopped bell pepper- about a cup

1 TBSP minced garlic

1/2 TBSP cumin

1 C dry black beans

1/2 TBSP Chipotle chili powder

3 TBSP roasted cherry tomatoes in oil- I used cherry tomatoes from our garden we roasted and canned.

3 C water

salt and pepper to taste

Saute the onion and pepper 5-6 minutes, until soft.  Add the garlic and cumin and cook for another minute.  Transfer to your slow cooker.  Add the beans, water, tomatoes, and Chipotle powder.  Cook on low 3-5 hours.  Once it’s done, add salt and pepper to taste, ladle into bowls, and top with Daiya cheddar cheese.  Serve with cornbread and enjoy!



Chipotle Corn Chowder

corn chowder1I love corn chowder. Love, love, love.  It’s one of my favorite summer soups.  I also love spicy food.  Combine the two and I’m in heaven.  This soup came together rather quickly on the stove, but I’m sure you could throw it all in a crockpot for 4-5 hours and get the same results.

What You’ll Need

corn chowder2

1 TSP olive oil

1 small onion, diced

3 small red potatoes, diced

1 can corn kernels

1 can creamed corn

3 C veggie broth – we used our own stock

1/2 TSP chipotle powder



Heat the oil in a pan and saute the onion- 5 minutes or so. Add all the ingredients to a pot and cover.  Cook on low to medium heat for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Puree half the soup, then pour it back into the pot.  Ladle the soup into bowls, add a chunk of bread and enjoy!

How Random Ingredients Became Tomato Soup

Sometimes I look around my kitchen and think, “I have nothing to eat.”  This is never true.  We always have a surplus of food.  We have loads of goods we canned ourselves lining our pantry shelves.  We usually have more produce than we can consume before it goes bad. What I really mean is, “I’m feeling lazy and really, REALLY wish someone were here to cook for me.”  But since the only other person around was a two year old, I got off my booty and started pulling jars off shelves and checking for produce near it’s end.  Here is what I came up with-

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