I wasn’t sure whether to take part in the Secret Recipe Club this month or not. What if the baby arrived early and I didn’t have time to make anything? In the end, I decided to risk it, but to make my recipe as soon as I received my assignment. This means I’m writing this in March and have no idea whether I’ll be a mother or not by the time this post goes live. It is also the reason why I chose a fairly simple recipe. I sometimes try to make something adventurous or new, but this month my priority was just to be organised and get my post ready in plenty of time. Last month I made a black bean soup using dried beans for the first time and this month I am also making a black bean soup – both in the slow cooker. But, that is where the similarities end. Apart from the beans, the flavours and textures are completely different, and of course I wanted another opportunity to use dried black beans again. The recipe comes from Julie at A Little Bit of Everything and she does indeed have a wide range of recipes on her blog, both sweet and savoury. After the success of my microwave cake a few weeks ago I was tempted to try her crock pot chocolate cake but for me, the savoury dish won this time. It made a perfect lunch two days in a row and was very healthy too.
Like Julie, I also found that the beans lost some of their colour in the water due to the slow cooking and also dyed the sweet potato and pepper a little too. All in all this didn’t bother me and I found it a lovely lunchtime soup which felt very healthy as I was eating it, as well as being pretty tasty and filling too.
Ingredients – serves 2
3 tbsp dried black beans
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 yellow pepper, roughly chopped
1 green chilli pepper, sliced
Vegetable stock – enough to cover the vegetables
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp cinnamon
How to Make Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup
1. If beginning with dried beans, soak in water overnight. In the morning rinse the beans well.
2. Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook for 8 hours.