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Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Yield: 8 servings

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Vegetarian Black Bean Soup with Cilantro-Lime Cream
This recipe serves: 8  
2 cups dried black turtle beans, soaked
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1 tablespoon minced jalapeño pepper
freshly ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro stems
6 cups low-sodium canned vegetable broth
salt to taste
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
4 tablespoons non-fat sour cream

Cooking Instructions
1. Drain the beans and set aside.

2. Heat the oil in a 4-quart pot over low-medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the onion, celery, green pepper and jalapeño pepper, season lightly with black pepper and cook until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.

3. Add the bay leaf, cilantro stems, beans and broth and bring to a boil quickly over high heat.

4. Lower the heat and simmer until the beans are completely tender, about 30 to 40 minutes.

5. Remove and discard the bay leaf, puree half of the soup in a blender and then add it to the rest of the soup. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.

6. Blend the cilantro leaves, lime juice and sour cream together.

7. Serve the soup in warm bowls with a dollop of cilantro-lime cream.

NOTE: Do not add salt until the beans are fully cooked because salt will prevent them from becoming tender.

Serving Size: about 1 cup

Nutritional Information
Number of Servings: 8
Per Serving
Calories 203 Carbohydrate 34 g
Fat 2 g Fiber 12 g
Protein 13 g Saturated Fat 1 g
Sodium 250 mg    


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