Vegetarian Black Bean Soup
Combine beans and water in a large pot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans.Advertisement
Transfer the beans to a 4-quart slow cooker. Stir in onion, jalapeno, garlic, broth, cumin, chili powder and salt.
Cover and cook on Low for 9 to 10 hours or on High for 4 1/2 to 5 hours. Use a potato masher to coarsely mash the beans. Top each serving with cilantro and serve with lime slices or wedges for squeezing. If desired, top each serving with sour cream.
Tips: Chile peppers, like jalapeños, contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.
2 1/2 starch, 1/2 lean protein