Souper Friday–Black Bean Soup with Cilantro Rice

One of the secretaries called in yesterday, so it was a busy work day – which I love.  I think back to my early career as a legal secretary, and probably 75% of my day was spent doing electronic dictation.  The attorneys would leave their Dictaphone tapes on my ledge all lined up.  They could be dictating pleadings, wills, real estate transactions, memos, etc.  Not one attorney knew how to type.  In fact, one attorney I worked for didn’t like email when we first got it, and would make me print out his emails, he would hand write the response and have me type the response for him.

Fast forward to 2013.  All the attorneys obviously can type, and with voice recognition software, the days of dictation are long gone.  So when I have a busy day at work, I am a happy camper. Open-mouthed smile

Breakfast was the cheddar cheese side of my Green Monster quiche – so good!  Tony still says it looks like ass, but he won’t taste it.  My boss LOVED it – and the fact that she can get 1/4 of the quiche for 4 points makes her very happy.

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So for my souper Friday at work, I decided I would make black bean soup with sausage over cilantro rice.  My inspiration came from Iowa Girl Eats.  My changes are in red.  I doubled the recipe for a group.

Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 small onion, minced
2 garlic cloves
salt and pepper
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin (I used 1 tablespoon cumin)
2 cans seasoned black beans, drained but not rinsed (I used Trader Joe’s Cuban-style beans) (I used 3 cans of seasoned black beans and one can of mild chili beans)
1-1/2 cups water (2 cups water)
1 cup chicken broth (4 cups chicken broth)
4-5 dashes green Tabasco sauce

I added 8 ounces of cooked smoked sausage
Toppers: sliced avocado, salsa, sour cream shredded cheddar cheese and chopped cilantro

For the Cilantro-Lime Rice:
1 cup long grain white rice
2 cups water
1 Tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
juice of 1/2 lime
3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onion, season with salt and pepper, then saute until soft, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 30 more seconds, stirring constantly. Add chili powder and cumin then saute for 30 more seconds.
  2. Add drained beans, water, and chicken broth, bring soup to a boil, then lower heat slightly and simmer for 15 minutes. Scoop 2 ladle-fulls of soup into a blender or food processor then blend until almost smooth. Alternatively use a hand-held immersion blender to process 1/3 of the beans in the soup pot. Add blended soup back into the pot then add hot sauce and stir to combine.
  3. For the Chipotle-Lime Rice: While soup is simmering, bring water, oil, and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Add rice, place a lid on top, then turn heat down to medium-low and simmer until rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir to fluff then add lime juice and chopped cilantro.
  4. To serve, scoop cooked rice into bottom of bowls then top with hot soup. Top with sliced avocado, salsa, sour cream, etc.

I actually use my rice maker to make rice.  After the rice was done I tossed the cooked rice with the lime and cilantro and one small pat of butter. 

I had the rice separate from the soup that was heating up in the crock pot at work – my suggestion was to have them ladle the cilantro rice in the bottom of the bowl, nuke that for 30 seconds, then ladle the soup over the rice, then top with the cheese and cilantro.

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On the side I offered my toasted marble rye bread – promise that recipe is coming soon!  It was a huge hit.  While this soup is brothier (not a word?!) than Iowa Girl Eats, the rice soaked up some of the broth and everyone gave this a thumbs up.  I did have an array of hot sauces on the side for people who wanted to kick it up – several dashes of buffalo Tabasco was my hot sauce choice and a great one I might add!

Tony was on dinner duty last night – I am confident he offered to make dinner last night so that we couldn’t have party pizza Friday!  I bought a boneless ham on the discount rack the other night when I bought the pork.  This pork cost $3.99.  While it is fully cooked you do need to bake it – so Tony threw the ham and potatoes in the oven and cooked them both at 350 for one hour.

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The bottom got all caramelized – notice the bacon to the left!  Pork on pork!  The pork was really juicy and not too salty.

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I am going to have to have a couple green monsters this weekend to make up for the lack of veggies at dinner, but it was nice to come home and have dinner taken care of.  Thanks Tony!

Glad you all appreciated Tony’s love story yesterday about the Jack in the Box tacos.  You know what my fast food kryptonite is??

Long John Silvers!

Chicken planks to be more specific.  I would even ask for more of the crispy batter pieces to be added to my little box of goodness.  The chicken planks with hush puppies was a twice a week purchase back in the day.

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I am happy (and sad!) that the closest LJS is more than 30 miles away, and while I do love them, with the price of gas today, it’s not worth the road trip. Open-mouthed smile

Question of the Day:  If you could have any fast food dish, not worrying about nutrition, what would it be?

I have to say that while I love McDonald’s quarter pounder, I only eat it when I haven’t had any “movement” for a while.  I literally need to find a toilet within a half hour after eating one!  You’re welcome for the visual on that one. Smile with tongue out

Tony and I are going to run a couple errands.  We are supposed to go out to dinner with our neighbors tomorrow night, but I just got an alert on my phone that we may be having an ice storm tomorrow, so we’ll see!

Have a great weekend!

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17 thoughts on “Souper Friday–Black Bean Soup with Cilantro Rice

  1. You even leaved diced onions out of soup?? You really hate onions ;). Josh isn’t a fan- but as long as they’re diced real small, he doesn’t even notice them. Yah Tony on a fab dinner. Ummm…I don’t like fast food much except french fries- chickfila to be exact!

    • Nope, not even in soup. It used to drive Tony and I nuts when we complained about onions to our mothers growing up, they would say “you can’t even taste them” to which we argued “then why put them in at all??!!”

  2. I haven’t gotten a long john silvers chicken plank in forever – I loved those too and there is still that one on Harlem ave! Your souper friday turned out great!

  3. I shall be waiting with bated breath for your marbled rye bread recipe. I am thinking I shall have to make some artisan bread today, seems like a good idea for today. Bread always smells good in the oven.

    My favorite fast food place would have to be “Tom’s Drive-in” He is only in the Fox Cities ~ but we don’t go there much anymore….cheaper to eat at home. I do go to McDonalds once a month, sometimes once every two months for a McMuffin and hash browns…….on the $1 menu “Hey Big Spender”!!!!

    Have a great weekend. That black bean soup sure looks great!!!

    • Made the Artisan bread yesterday….delicious and so easy. I added ground flax seed and then when brushing with the melted butter, sprinkled parsley flakes and sea salt. EXCELLENT bread!! Will be looking forward to the marbles rye.

  4. It’s funny how many people have to go after McDonald’s. I’ve never had that problem with them. However, give me a good poutine with a pepsi and you better have a washroom close by 🙂

  5. Oh that cilantro lime rice sounds like knock off from Chipotle.

    I am not a big fan of fast food but there is a little whole in the wall drive in called Tastee Inn in Nebraska that has the best little loose meat sandwiches and onion chips with dip! When we go there to visit relatives I always indulge in a meal from there!

  6. Hmmm…I don’t know that I have a fast food item I love. And I don’t mean that in some sort of superior, I’m so healthy sort of way, because I love a burger and fries just as much as the next person. But I find fast food to all be so meh. I did used to LOVE the chicken caesar pitas they had at Wendy’s. I was so pissed when they got rid of them.

    PS – I made the 5 minute artisan bread tonight!

  7. “I have to say that while I love McDonald’s quarter pounder, I only eat it when I haven’t had any “movement” for a while. I literally need to find a toilet within a half hour after eating one! You’re welcome for the visual on that one.” made me LOL! Too funny, I don’t know if there’s any food that does that to me. OH YES, there is! There’s a certain sugar substitute (pretty sure it’s maltitol) that I really can not have too much of or it is a shizz storm up in here. LOL! I was going to link to a story about maltitol kicking in in the middle of a run and I had to seriously squat in a bush, but all I could find that was similar was another story about my nastiness during running and I thought you might get a kick out of it (on my old myspace blog): http://www.myspace.com/vraklis/blog/380298362

    Your chili sounds SO good! And I totally trust your judgement on chili.

    • OMG, V – I have to tell you that before I knew what maltitol was all about, I was thrilled when I saw that Fannie Mae had sugar free chocolate after being diagnosed with diabetes. I bought a small box, and I told myself I was only going to eat one piece a day – but after that first bite I was like “this doesn’t taste sugar free at all!”

      Fast forward after eating 4 pieces, my tummy started rumbling. I spent the next four hours in our office bathroom, even missed my regular train going home – I learned my lesson on that one for sure!

  8. Oh my gosh. The Quarter Pounder thing is funny! That’s me and Taco Bell. I think I’d choose McDonald’s. I don’t know what it is, maybe childhood nostalgia, but even though I know it’s terrible for me I love McDonald’s.

    That soup looks really good. I could eat soup every day.

  9. Haha, I totally laughed out loud when I read your comment about after eating that burger. LOL! If I could have anything…goodness, I have no idea. I guess straying a bit from my vegan diet, I would have to say In n’ Out french fries and a Neapolitan shake. SO GOOD.

  10. hmmm, there is a fast food place in the west called arctic circle that i could go nuts at. i would literally eat ten of their burgers if i could get away with it! i hope you’re having a good weekend!

  11. I just love Chicken planks at Long John Silver’s. Sadly we don’t live near one and it has been probably close to 20 years since I’ve had them. I also miss a chicken place in Wyoming called Peaches. Don’t know if they are even still around, but, they were better than KFC! Love to read your food blog and get inspired. Thanks!

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