Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Leftovers

Looking for a great way to use that leftover Easter ham. Here is a unique soup that tastes great and is good for you. Beans are a great source of protein; naturally low fat; and high in heart-healthy fiber.

Caribbean Black Bean Soup

1 tablespoon canola oil
1/4 pound chorizo sausage (or spicy sausage), chopped
1/3 pound cooked ham, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (1 pound) sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 large red bell pepper, diced
2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
1 small hot green chile pepper, diced
1 1/2 cups water
2 (16 ounce) cans County Market black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat, and cook the sausage and ham 2 to 3 minutes. Place the onion in the pot, and cook until tender. Stir in garlic, and cook until tender, then mix in the sweet potatoes, bell pepper, tomatoes with juice, chile pepper, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 15 minutes, until sweet potatoes are tender.
Stir the beans into the pot, and cook uncovered until heated through. Mix in the cilantro and season with salt

Hope Danielson
Health and Wellness Advisor
Niemann Foods

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