09 April, 2013


Spring is slow this year. Warm sunny days turn into cool evenings. It's raining today and apparently there is snow in the forecast. On days like today I feel like staying in bed but I have so much on my plate right now: studies, work, finalizing details of my 3-week trip... I get up early, rush through my day, and in the evening warm myself up with a bowl of soup.

what you need 

  • olive oil
  • 1 small onion finely cubed
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes  (replace with 4-5 fresh cubed tomatoes)
  • 2 cups tomato juice (could be replaced by 2-3 tbsp tomato paste)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2-3 medium sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 can black beans 
  • 1 sweet red pepper, cut in strips
  • salt, pepper to taste

what to do

  •  In a large pot heat olive oil and cook onions and garlic until tender
  • Add sweet potatoes, tomatoes, tomato juice, vegetable broth, sugar, and spices.  Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes (or until potatoes are tender)
  • Add black beans and cook for another 10 minutes
  • Add pepper, cook for 5 more minutes, taste and adjust for seasoning
  • Serve with tortilla chips, guacamole, fresh cilantro, sliced green onions, shredded cheese, or a dollop of sour cream

What is your favorite recipe to keep you warm in Spring?

Looking for more Spring recipes?  Here are some of my favorites:

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