Monday, January 17, 2011

Baby, It's Cold Outside

I am really...frugal, I guess you could say, when it comes to my electricity bill.  I try to last as long as I can without turning on the heat.  So long that I have to wear sweatshirts and I jump into bed and ball up because that is the only way to get warm.  By the time I wake up, I'm nice and toasty...but some people would call me crazy!  For the past 3 weeks...I have had my heat on.  It's been cold!  Sometimes when it's cold, you just want to become a bear and hibernate.  Go to work, come straight home and curl up on the couch under blankets with a hot cup of tea or coffee and watch a movie!  YES!!!'s still really important to keep active and have healthy meals.  This week for Eat. Live. Be. we are talking about how to stay moviated.  How do I keep myself in an exercise mode?  Well, first off, I make exercise part of my routine.  I just do it!  Next, I put my exercise clothes in the car so that I don't have an excuse!  If I get home and it's cold, I do NOT want to get back out.  But if I go to the gym straight from work, then I just get it done...and I warm up for a cold ride back home! 

Now, I must say that one of my favorite parts of winter is soup!  In and of itself it is a good way to stay warms from the inside out.  It is also a good way to pile in nutrients into a single bowl.  Tonight, I made a delicious black bean soup.

 It was marketed as being a thicker soup but (and several of the reviews commented on this) it ended up being the typical thickness of a soup.  That does not bother me, but if you want a thicker soup, I would either add an extra can of beans or use less stock.  It was "souper" good...and I'm looking forward to eating it tomorrow night on call!

Black Bean Soup from AllRecipes
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 carrots, chopped
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
4 cups vegetable stock
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (8.75 ounce) can whole kernel corn
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes

In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion, garlic, and carrots, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until onion is softened.

Add chili powder and cumin; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add stock, 1 can of the beans, corn, and pepper; bring to boil.

Meanwhile, in food processor or blender, puree together tomatoes and remaining can of beans; add to pot. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until carrots are tender.  Enjoy!

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Rivki Locker said...

I love black beans. Next to chickpeas they are my favorite bean. There's something so dramatic about black bean soup. And it is SO satisfying in the winter. Yum.

Cate O'Malley said...

After just paying the heating bill of $314, I hear you on the frugality of keeping it colder. That soup looks like a great way to warm up!

VegeCooking Club said...

Love black bean soup! I haven't made it in ages but you have inspired me. I came across your blog through Joannes and I can't wait to read more!

The JR said...

We bundle up when we come home and do our chores. Then we stay that way.

The front of the house is electric and I hate running up that bill.

After we eat we go to the bedroom and run our propane heater. So we tend to watch TV and spend a lot of time in our room in the winter.

Joanne said...

I definitely lose motivation to exercise as soon as I step foot inside my house so definitely better to just have your exercise clothes/gear ready to go! This soup looks deliciously hearty!

Allison said...

I have not had black bean soup in a long time. Thanks for the inspiration. Will need to get this on my menu soon. Soup is souper.