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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Curried Bean Soup

Here's my problem.  If I don't have a plan for eating when I get home, there is a good chance my brain is going to say, oh well eat something quick.  Fortunately for me, in the last year+ I no longer have "bad" food in my refrigerator or cabinets. So I may end up eating an apple or a banana, or celery stick where a year ago I would have pulled out Cheese and Crackers.  Anyway,  making soups I have found is a great way to have something always available and you can make it in large batches for freezing. 

Curried Bean Soup (chicken optional) - I like Bob's Red Mill Grains. They are readily available at our local grocery stores and even our Local Farm Stand carries them.  I like the mixes that they sell at the store, such as this particular Soup Mix. So far I buy the Black Bean Soup Mix, Soup Mix, Flaxseed, Chia, Red Lentil, Whole Wheat Flour (GF), Rolled Oats(GF, *Gluten Free).

This recipe is sooooo simple.
1 1/2 bag of Bob's Red Mill Soup mix
8 cups of veggy broth
1 onion chopped
2 celery chopped
1 large carrot chopped
(In my opinion you can add what ever veggies you want)
1 Tsp Curry Powder
1 Tsp Minced Garlic
(Salt/Pepper to taste)

Saute veggy's for about 7 minutes. at same time you can start the broth and add the soup mix. Just before you add the veggies to the soup mix, add the curry and garlic and cook for another 30 seconds or so, don't burn it.  Add this to the broth and beans and bring to a boil then simmer for at least 2 hours (if you soak the beans the night before - which I always forget to do, the cooking time is less - but you'll know when it's done when the beans are soft.

This taste great and it's even better the next day.  Serve it with a salad and your good!

*Gluten Free.  There is a lot of talk about Gluten Free these days.  What's it all about?  I came across a couple of videos on the topic I want to share:  The first one Dr. Peter Glidden  on the subject about Gluten explains (in a more technical way) why Gluten (found in Wheat, Barley, Rye and Oats and most processed foods) is bad for a good percentage of the population.   If you are curious about it watch Dr. Peter Gliddens lecture below.

Another good one is Dr. Mark Hyman who in this video gives a more user friendly talk on the subject of Gluten and how it could be hurting you.

No Gluten here! Every Day I Juice - Super C (1 Beet, 1 Red Bell Pepper, 3-4 carrots, 1 orange), and Mean Green (Cucumber, Celery, Kale (or spinach),1 Granny Smith Apple, 1" fresh ginger, 1/2 lemon).


  1. I really enjoy reading your Blog Debbie :) Your inspiring to take the bigger steps that I have been wanting to but I fall back into the "want", the taste of Carbs, ect and well convenience.. I have to make a bigger step...and I will...

    1. Hi Heidi, don't beat yourself up. I slip all the time, but with TIME it does get easier to reach for the healthy stuff. Example, the other night we had plans that at the last minute got canceled. So I wasn't really prepared, but my refrigerator was full of good stuff, so I Steamed some Broccoli,cooked a Sweet Potato, and made a fresh Salsa with Tomato,green onion, peach and spices. It was amazing and filled me up. It's just making sure you have food in your refrigerator. Then it becomes easy. Good luck. Click on my Facebook link, I wrote an update to the Night Calmer drink I was experimenting with. Was pretty good.