Energy Foods Recipe! Black Bean Soup makes you feel better – FAST.

Feel better and have more energy - FAST!

Over the years I’ve developed a couple “foundation” energy foods recipes. They’re called that because 1) I can eat them anytime or season and they will increase my energy and help me feel better – immediately. 2) The recipes are super easy to make and use just about anything from your panty or fridge and 3) They are extremely economical and can be eaten, in a variety of ways, all week long if need be. And sometimes they need to be!

BTW – Energy foods are economical. I’ve cut my food bill in half since I stopped buying pre-packed, sugar and preservative laden, cereals, crackers, breads and other “fast-food” prepared meals and fancy sauces. I’ve also lost ten pounds and my husband dropped forty pounds! Anyway … back to my easy Black Bean Soup recipe!

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Pantry Ingredients:
1 Can Black Beans
1 Can Pinto Bean
1 Can of Lentils
Baby Portabella Mushrooms (I buy these “dry” – great time saver!)   
Seaweed (ditto above)
Italian Seasoning. (Emeril’s Italian – preservative Free)
Garlic Salt
Sea Salt/Kelp Mix * (I mix Sea Salt & Kelp 50/50 and keep a bowl of it handy by the stove.)
1 Can of Spinach
1 Can of Green Beans
1 Can of Lentils
Dry Sherry
Refrigerator or Freezer Ingredients:
Chopped Garlic

Fresh Ingredients:
Potatoes Baked with Skins or Sweet Potatoes Skinned
Red Onion
Daikon (Specialty Grocer if you can)
Organic Chicken, Sausages, Turkey or Meat

Mestemacher Bread (Sugar and Preservative-free bread)

Black Bean Soup Directions

Step 1:  You will want to use a large sauce pan that has a tight fitting lid. This is a one-pot meal!

Sauté the below together for two to three minutes, or until the onion is clear.

2 Stalks Celery Chopped
4 Cloves Garlic Minced
½ Red Onion
Let dry mushrooms “revive” by soaking in a bowl or glass of water. Just a few minutes will do.
(Of course, you can always use fresh mushrooms.)

Step 2: Add to the pot and sauté until light brown
5 Baby Portabella Mushrooms chopped

Step 3:  Add to the pot, raise to a boil then lower to a simmer for 90 minutes.

2 to 3 carrots chopped into small/medium size pieces
1 Can of Black Beans with the water from the can
1 Can of Pinto Beans with the water from the can
2 Rounded TBSPs of Dry Seaweed
2 TBSP Dry Sherry

Step 4:  Add final spicing and allow to simmer for 30 more minutes

2 TPSP Italian Seasoning. (Emeril’s)
½ tsp Garlic Salt
1 tsp Sea Salt/Kelp Mix * (see below)
1 tsp. Tumeric

Step 5:  Serve it while it’s hot!

There are many serving options which is why I call this is an energy boost “foundation” recipe!

* Pour in bowl and eat “as it” with a slice of toasted Machmeiker bread and a serving of Goat Cheese
* Have a small bowl with a grilled gourmet cheese sandwich. (M bread plus Goat Cheese and basil)
* Pour it over a baked potato and sprinkle the top with parsley
* Pour it on top of a bowl of brown rice
* Add in a couple sausages or chicken on or off the bone
* Have it as a “starter,” just a small bowl, for any meal.
* Add in extra fresh or canned veggies according to your own personal preference. For example, I love spinach and add LOTS of spinach into mine. My husband hates spinach so I leave his alone!

The final ingredient to any delicious meal is a loved one. If you are not living with a companion, please make this an occasion to invite a girlfriend or guy friend to break bread with you!  Or, take it to them. Make it an hour and a half visit – even someone suffering from fatigue would enjoy that. Yum.

For more information about how to boost your energy please read this recent article: How to Boost Energy Naturally  You can feel better faster with these energy foods, drinks and supplements.

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