Black Bean Soup

This recipe is an excerpt from my winter newsletter.  This issue is all about self-care for Kidney energy, which is most vulnerable during the cold winter weather.

Black Bean Soup

This tasty and comforting soup is easy to prepare and can almost satisfy as a main course!
Black beans are full of protein and are warming in nature.  In Chinese Medicine they are beneficial to the kidneys and to our reproductive functions.  A small amount of seaweed supplies the salty flavour needed to stimulate Kidney energy.  I stew my own tomatoes and soak the beans overnight but canned tomato soup and canned black beans can be substituted in order to save time.

Ingredients 
2 Onions, chopped
I Cup mushrooms, chopped
2 Cloves garlic, minced
1 Cup dried black beans, soaked overnight, rinsed, cooked  until tender- (30 mins) and drained
1-2 Liters chicken broth or vegetable broth
¾ Cup stewed tomatoes
Small piece of dried seaweed
Optional: Worcestershire sauce, Chili sauce or Curry paste, adjust to taste.
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In saucepan over medium heat, sauté onions, mushrooms andgarlic in quality oil.  Transfer to food processor and add cooked beans.  Purée mixture and return to saucepan.  Stir in broth, seaweed and tomatoes.
Simmer until some of the liquid evaporates, (about 30 mins).
Can be eaten immediately but flavours are enhanced if soup is refrigerated and eaten the next day.  Makes 4-6 servings.
Enjoy!

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