Thursday, March 14, 2013

Bean and Bacon Soup


 
Growing up I didn't like much. I did however love beans. I still do. They are so good for you! They help lower cholesterol and fight heart disease Red beans are as beneficial as other foods known for their antioxidant properties such as as green tea, wine and berries. Besides, they load the body with protein and dietary fiber which helps to curb your appetite for fatty foods. I try to keep some type of bean soup in my fridge at all times for snacks or a last minute meal when pressed for time. 


So today I re-created a childhood favorite. Bean with Bacon soup. This soup sticks to our ribs and keeps you satisfied for hours on end. The big plus is the kids love it! 


Bean with Bacon Soup
adapted from Bill of Flair
1/2 pound bacon diced
2 large sweet onions sliced
2 cloves garlic minced
2 cups of cooked red kidney beans, (any cooked bean will work)
1 thyme sprig
1/2 tsp tarragon
1 bay leaf
8 cups of low sodium chicken broth

Saute the bacon until it just starts to crisp. Add the onions and sweat them for five minutes. 
Add the remaining ingredients and slowly cook over a low heat for one hour.
Remove bay leaf and Thyme sprig. Serve!

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