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
- If beginning with dried beans, soak in water overnight. In the morning rinse the beans well.
Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook for 8 hours.