Meatless Monday!

Hey, it’s Meatless Monday! You know what that means – well, it’s Monday and we’re not eating meat. Anyway, here is an easy delicious meat-free  recipe from the fabulous www.candlecafe.com.

Black Bean Soup

2 ½ cups black beans, rinsed

1 1-inch piece of kombu*

8 cups vegetable broth

1 small yellow onion, peeled and diced

1 carrot, peeled and diced

1 teaspoon fresh or dried oregano

1 teaspoon chopped fresh or dried rosemary

1 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

1. Put the black beans and the kombu in a large poi or bowl and cover by about 2 inches of cold water.  Soak the beans for at least 6 -8 hours of overnight.  Drain, discard the kombu, and set the beans aside.

2.  Put the beans, broth, onion, celery, carrot, oregano, rosemary, and thyme in a large soup pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 45 minutes, until the beans are softened.  Season to taste with sea salt and pepper.

*kombu is a sea vegetable that aids in digestion.  You can find it at your local health food store or whole foods.

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