I am happy to say a dear friend of mine is back from summer vacation!
My crock pot!
Oh, how I’ve missed you!
I love how you can throw a bunch of ingredients in it, turn it on and forget about it! Nothing is better than walking into the house after a long day and having a warm meal ready and waiting for you!
A few weeks ago I saw a crock pot recipe floating around Pinterest for black bean soup with quinoa and I have been craving it ever since! I didn’t have all the ingredients, so winged it a little….ok, a lot! The original recipe called for dried chipotle peppers and coriander powder, which I didn’t have. This soup was wonderful without, but I bet both ingredients would taste great! I cut back on the amount of bell pepper because I don’t like cooked peppers all that much! I also added carrots to up the veggie content. I loved how the cinnamon stick created a rich flavor…it really spiced it up!
Crock Pot Black Bean and Quinoa Soup
1 pound of dried black beans, rinsed and picked over
2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
1 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes
2 carrots, chopped
1/2 red onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 dried cinnamon stick
1-2 teaspoons chili powder (depending on your “hot” tolerance!)
1 teaspoon cumin
4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
3 cups water
sea salt and pepper to taste
-Throw all the ingredients in the crock pot.
-Cook on low for 6-8 hours on or high for 4-5 hours (until beans are tender).
-Top with cilantro and sliced avocado.
Could it be any easier???