Hearty Black Bean Soup

My family loves black bean soup! It’s hearty and delicious—the perfect meal to end a day. What you may not know about black beans is that it is one of the richest sources of magnesium. Magnesium is like the mom miracle mineral. It helps regulate your mood during PMS, it alleviates menstrual cramps, and it increases your sex drive. Wowsers! And you just thought it was a yummy dinner. Who knew?

1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 cups of black beans, uncooked
6 cubes chicken bouillon
2 cans fire-roasted tomatoes
2 tsp dried cumin
lots of water!

1, Rinse black beans and put in a large pot with enough water to cover the beans by a couple of inches. Allow to boil for about fifteen minutes. Add the bouillon and turn heat on low.

2. Saute the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until veggies are tender (about five minutes) and add to the beans. Cook for about an hour, watching to make sure that it doesn’t run out of water (keep adding water to give it a soupy consistency—sorry, I cook like my mama and have no idea about measurements).

3. Add the tomatoes and the cumin, and keep cooking on low until beans are tender. Salt and pepper to taste.

This is delicious served with a Caesar salad and some cheesy-garlic biscuits.

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