Beans, Beans……..

by jerseygirl on January 7, 2009 · 26 comments

I promised you healthy recipes so here they come. I am happy to say my fridge is packed with plenty of fresh veggies and fruit. The problem is that in the winter, I want hot, creamy, comforting type foods especially with the cold rainy weather we’ve been having. No problem, though. Here are two recipes that are hearty, healthy and comforting. And they both start with a few cans of beans.
Beans are so healthy, it is ridiculous. They are packed with fiber, protein and vitamins. They are low in calories and high in antioxidants. You know what they say about beans. Beans, beans….they’re good for your heart. The more you eat, the more you…..well you know how it goes. Every time I cook with beans, I remember my two younger brothers chanting this as kids. Does anyone else remember that chant?

My first recipe today is black bean soup. I decided to roast a head of garlic and use half for the soup and the other half for hummus. Roasted garlic gives everything so much flavor and makes the house smell great. Just remember to keep some extra mints on hand because the breath won’t smell so great. Click here for my post on roasting garlic.

I made my black bean soup with chicken broth and added some lean ham. This made the soup hearty enough for dinner. I also added some red wine for extra flavor. This recipe can easily be adapted to vegetarian style by using vegetable broth and omitting the ham. I pureed the soup after adding one can of beans but feel free to make it as smooth or chunky as you’d like.

I love having hummus in the fridge because it serves as a great snack or can be eaten with other things for lunch. I chose to eat my hummus with mini pitas and veggies for lunch today. It is also good in a wrap or with tortilla chips. This healthier version gets a lot of flavor from the roasted garlic and fresh herbs.

I really feel good now that I started my healthy eating again. I can just picture the string bikini I will be wearing in June. Okay, I’m lying! That is far fetched but it is always fun to dream, right?

One more thing. My daughter started an adorable blog so please take a peek and leave a comment if you’d like. She is very excited about Nikki Nacks and is working on some great ideas for it. Have a great week!

Smoky Black Bean Soup

1 TBS olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded, cored and diced
32 ounces low sodium chicken broth
1/2 head roasted garlic
3 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup red wine
3/4 cup chopped smoked lean ham
handful fresh chopped cilantro
salt and pepper
grated cheese of your choice (I used Parmesan)

In a medium sauce pan, heat olive oil on medium and saute onions and jalapenos. Cook for 7 minutes or until onions start to brown. Add broth and garlic and mix well. Add one can of beans and bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes then process with a hand blender until smooth. Add remaining beans and ham and simmer uncovered for 35 minutes. Add cilantro and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with grated cheese. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Roasted Garlic Hummus

2 cans (15 oz) chick peas, rinsed and drained
1/2 head roasted garlic
2 TBS olive oil
2 TBS water
1/2 lemon
a handful of chives
a handful of parsley
salt and pepper to taste (I used cayenne because I like spicy)

Add beans, roasted garlic, olive oil and water to a food processor. Process until smooth. Add the juice and zest from the lemon along with the chives and parsley. Puree until everything is blended well. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Pam January 7, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Darn it. I just bought some roasted garlic hummus. I wish I would have seen this recipe before I went to the store. The soup looks comforting and tasty too – I love black beans.

The Blonde Duck January 7, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Any suggestions to replace the ham for an ham adverse husband? Maybe I’ll just sneak the ham in and not say anything…

Stacey Snacks January 7, 2009 at 6:34 pm

I’ve been good to, or trying to be.
Soups or salad for lunch, toast w/ peanut butter and grapefruit for breakfast and no eating after 8 pm.
Yeah, let’s see how long that will last. I making gingerbread tonight! ha!

Nikki January 7, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Hi Mom!

kat January 7, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Two dishes I love.

Barbara January 7, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Lisa, my husband would like to come to your house. He likes to eat beans everyday for his diabetes.

I like your canned bean idea because a pound of dried beans seems to last forever in my house.

Bunny January 7, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Bean soup is so hearty and delicious! Very nice soup. Ok here’s my childhood rhymn about beans….Beans , beans the magical fruit the more you eat the more you toot. LOL!

Sharon January 8, 2009 at 12:18 am

I’ve been on a bean kick lately! I just made bean soup last night 🙂 Yours looks quite tasty!

Bridgett January 8, 2009 at 12:52 am

Both recipes sound fantastic. I love the black bean soup and have been thinking of making it. Looks wonderful!

giz January 8, 2009 at 1:08 am

Both dishes are beautiful and I’m so appreciative to see healthier fare after brutalizing my body over the holidays. Yeah, I know – it’s a choice but not really.

That Girl January 8, 2009 at 2:13 am

Hummus is a definite fridge staple.

Jeena January 8, 2009 at 6:44 am

Lovely bean recipes I love hummus too it is a great healthy snack. Your black bean soup looks gorgeous. 🙂

Debbie January 8, 2009 at 8:02 am

Bean soup is hearty, healthy and filling…I do remember the chant. My older boys used to say it all the time…they also called it the “musical fruit.”

Christy January 8, 2009 at 9:14 am

Lisa, thanks for the hummus recipe. Hubby and I just discovered that we like it, especially with pita bread, and this would be a great, healthy addition to our fridge. Your soup looks amazing.

Happy cook January 8, 2009 at 9:14 am

Wish i had that garlic hummus.
It looks so creamy delicious.

Clumbsy Cookie January 8, 2009 at 9:42 am

You’re right, we all need some healthy eating now! I love beans soup! It’s so conforting! And that roasted garlic in there, what a great idea!

MrOrph January 8, 2009 at 10:00 am

Love the soup! The hummus recipe will get tried out this weekend.

I like to roast garlic just because!

Jamie January 8, 2009 at 10:05 am

I love black bean soup! It looks amazing!

Allie January 8, 2009 at 10:16 am

I’m all over the humus I’ll be making it this weekend!

Erica January 8, 2009 at 10:50 am

aw! totally making the hummus when I get my food processor back! Love beans! I def remember that chant 😉 This all looks fab!

Catherine Wilkinson January 8, 2009 at 10:50 am

“Beans, beans, the musical fruit…
the more you eat the more you…”

oh never mind!
I LOVE black bean soup…AND, I love it for…breakfast! Go figure.
Now, on to your daughters new blog!
How fun!

Sara January 8, 2009 at 10:52 am

I love beans – I’ve been cooking up large batches of dried beans and freezing them in smaller portions that are about equal to a can of beans. I make hummus all the time, but have never added roasted garlic before. I’ll have to give it a try!

Mary January 8, 2009 at 11:10 am

Great post! I especially like your recipe for hummus.

Leslie January 8, 2009 at 11:24 am

Soup and hummus! DELISH!
That is great that your daughter started her on blog!

Katrina January 9, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Yum to black bean soup, YUM to hummus and yum to my black bean brownies! 😉 Just made another batch and they look great. Sprinkled some Andes mint chopped chocolate on top and when it melted, smoothed out. Yum!
Oh, sidetracked.
Back to all your awesome healthy food. The veggie omelet looks delish, too!
I know it doesn’t seem like it by looking at my blog, but I really do mostly eat healthy! Thanks for all your yummy recipes!

Aggie January 11, 2009 at 10:11 am

Oh Lisa, I somehow missed this post!! I love beans, and love both of your recipes! I am going to making some black bean soup very soon!! Yum!

Can’t wait to check out your daughter’s blog! Hope you are having a good weekend!

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