I am such a fan of fresh food….so this time of year, I am craving fresh fruits and vegetables, but am usually met with overripe or overpriced produce at the supermarket. I consider myself an aspiring foodie, held back only by my budget, a picky(ish) husband and a toddler who isn’t a fan of spicy or exotic foods (yet – I am holding out hope).
Enter Real Simple’s “Fake It, Don’t Make It” feature. I heart it. The FIDMI recipes are dishes that taste homemade and fresh, but are made using premade ingredients, so you can whip them up in no time. I made the Black Bean Soup last night, it took me all of 10 minutes, and with some rolls and fruit, dinner was a delicious snap. Michael loved it. Rhys too. A success, in my book. So here’s the RS recipe. Make it on a night when you’re rushed to get dinner on the table, or just plain don’t feel like cooking. Your tastebuds (and family/dinner guests) will thank you!
(a warning: pass the Beano before partaking, if you are prone to bean-y flatulence)
Black Bean Soup
1 T. olive oil
1 pt. fresh salsa
1 16oz. can refried black beans (in the Mexican food section at the grocer’s)
1 15oz. can black beans, drained
1 14.5oz can low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 c. sour cream (optional)
1/4 c. cilantro, roughly chopped (optional)
Heat oil in saucepan or large pot over medium heat. Add salsa and cook 4 minutes. Add refried beans, black beans and broth and bring to a simmer; cook til warmed through, about 5 minutes. Top with sour cream, a little extra salsa, and cilantro.
Delish. Only 150 calories per serving, and none from fat. Pass the ladle!