Stewed tomato soup with black beans and bell peppers

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 teaspoon Olive oil
¼ cup Finely chopped red onion
4 Garlic cloves; finely chopped
¼ teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
½ cup Red; green, and yellow bell peppers, chopped
1 teaspoon Cre-ole chile spice blend; see recipe, or Mexican-seasoning blend
2 cups Cooked black beans; rinsed
2 cups Mexican stewed tomatoes
1 cup Low-salt vegetable or chicken broth
½ cup Carrot juice
2 tablespoons Apple juice
2 tablespoons Chopped fresh cilantro; leaves only
1 ounce Lowfat cheddar cheese
Malt vinegar; as condiment

This black bean soup has evolved over the years into a tomato soup with black beans. It's fast; It uses canned ingredients. It's comfort food when served with cornbread, also made from a mix. The only unusual ingredients are the juices: carrot and apple. You could omit them but they calm the tomato's acidity. Serves 4 when served with cornbread. Also good as a topper for baked potatoes.

1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan. Soften onion with garlic and black pepper. Add the chopped bell peppers, the Mexican spice blend and the rinsed and drained black beans. Stir well to combine and add the stewed tomatoes (Mexican style). Simmer, crushing the larger peices of tomato and adding chicken broth to thin. Cook until the flavors are combined; about 15 to 20 minutes or as long as it takes to bake the corn bread.

2. Just before serving, add the chopped fresh cilantro leaves and stir until aromatic. Serve in wide bowls, garnish with a few cheddar cheese shavings; sprinkle soup with malt vinegar. PER BOWL: 183 cals, 2½ g fat (12%cff)

Tested by Pat and Bob Hanneman 12/98 from

CARROT JUICE SUBSTITUTE: Cook 1 carrot with apple juice in the microwave then mash it, adding apple juice to taste. JIFFY CORN MUFFIN MIX: plus ⅓ cup lowfat buttermilk, 1 medium egg, and up to 4 tablespoons skim milk; 400F preheated oven, 15-mins in an 8x8-inch pan; centered rack). VARIATION: Add an ounce or two of leftover cooked meat, shredded and warmed with the onion.

Recipe by: Pat Hanneman, Riverside (1998 Dec) Posted to EAT-LF Digest by Pat Hanneman <kitpath@...> on Dec 31, 1998, converted by MM_Buster v2.0l.

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