Black Bean Soup
200 grams black beans that
have been soaked overnight,
drained and rinsed
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, rough chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
10 to 20 leaves fresh coriander
1 1/2 cup chicken, vegetable or bone marrow broth
Greek yoghurt, to taste
Step 1: Put the soaked beans in a saucepan with the onion and garlic and cover with water. Bring the bean mixture and water to a boil then lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally until beans are cooked, adding water as necessary. The beans are done when they are very tender and the mixture is thick. Remove from heat and allow it to cool.
Step 2: Place black beans mixture into a blender with the cumin, lime juice and salt and puree, adding a small stream of the broth until everything gets moving. Process the mixture until smooth. If the mixture is too thick add additional broth until you have a creamy soup consistency. Add olive oil and coriander and process again. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Step 3: When putting into the Little Mashies Pouch mix a little of the Greek yoghurt in to the soup prior to spooning it into the pouch. When served in the pouch the soup should not be served hot (warm is ok). It is delicious cool or at room temperature but for serving in a bowl, re-heat soup gently on the stove and serve with a dollop of Greek yoghurt on top.
Step 4: Store in the refrigerator, covered, for up to one week.
You can make this soup with canned black beans as well. To adjust the recipe, first sauté the onion and garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil or butter until they are soft. Add the canned black beans (about 2 cans) and then warm up the whole mixture with a bit of water, stirring to combine and melt the flavors. At this point you can proceed with step two in the same way as the above recipe omitting the salt as black beans in cans are often pre salted.
Black beans are very good source of protein, iron, folate, zinc and manganese for the whole family, including your little ones. To make beans baby-friendly, soak them for a few hours or overnight, drain, rinse and cook until very soft.
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