Face plant (or Black Bean Soup)
To me, there’s nothing better than a bowl of soup. Or four bowls of soup. I could eat it at every meal — including breakfast. I would rather pay a little extra and get soup with my sandwich instead of fries. I would maybe have it for dessert. I am a loud soup eater too. I slurp, I suck the broth off my spoon, and I am completely unapologetic about it. That’s just the way I am, and I will likely be giving you a few soup recipes somewhere along the line.
Lucky for me, Marc appreciates this particular affinity and doesn’t object to me cooking it as a comfort food in just about any weather. In fact, he celebrates it and eats it, too. Lately, I have been in need of a little good old fashioned comfort, and I knew that the best way to get that would be to face plant into a giant bowl of black bean soup.
We’re on Weight Watchers, and there are a dearth of Weight Watchers’ friendly, low-point soup recipes. This black bean soup is my personal favorite. I have added a few things here and there (most notably a couple of cans of fire roasted tomatoes, which I think are absolutely necessary), but you should definitely try it for yourself. You’ll want to do a face plant into a bowl. Or four.
Slow Cooker Hearty Black Bean Soup
- 1/4 lb. chorizo
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 medium garlic clove, minced
- 1 small red pepper, chopped (I don’t always include this. Depends on my mood)
- 2 15-oz. cans of fire roasted tomatoes
- 2 tbsp. dry sherry
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 15-oz. cans of black beans
- 1 15-oz. can of fat-free chicken broth
- Juice of one medium lime
- Handful of fresh chopped cilantro
Cut chorizo and brown. Add onion, garlic and pepper and saute for 5 minutes. Transfer to crock pot. Add all other ingredients, except for lime, cilantro, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
Remove lid, add lime, cilantro, salt and pepper. Simmer uncovered until warmed through. Yields about 8 1-cup servings.
Each serving is worth 2 Weight Watchers Points!
Inspired by the official recipe at weightwatchers.com.