January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Today we recognize a man who was an American clergyman, activist and leader in the civil rights movement, a man who won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial disobedience using non-violence, and a man who continued forward when times were most difficult.

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I also wanted to share with you a soup I will be making this week. Although I haven't had a chance to try it out, I've been looking for a black bean soup recipe and I am hoping this recipe hits the mark. The greatest thing about this recipe? The soup is made in a crock pot. Sweeeet!

Crock Pot Black Bean Soup 

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 Garlic cloves, chopped
2 cans black beans (or 2 cups dried beans soaked over night) 
1 32 oz Chicken Broth or Vegetable Stock, low sodium
1/4 Cup Cilantro, chopped
2 Bay Leaves
2 Tsp Kosher Salt
1 Cup Water

Heat oil in sauté pan over medium heat and sauté onions for about 4 minutes. Add chopped garlic and sauté an additional minute. Place the onion garlic mixture into the crock pot along with the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Using either a hand blender or traditional blender, puree the ingredients to your desired texture (I like to get it so a few pieces of beans are still visible so the soup is thick and still has a bit of texture). Top with a dollop of greek yogurt or sour cream.

I hope you had a nice weekend. While most of Anchorage has the day off, I'll be working. Yay!

Happy Monday!