Black Bean Chili Soup with Beef

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Black Bean Chili Soup with Beef

This soup is light but filling it is truly a winner.

Course Main Course, Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6
Author Deborah Chapman

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin, divided
  • 1 onion medium-large chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 3 carrot stalks peeled and sliced 1/4 inch
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes basil & garlic Marzano tomato
  • 1 15 oz can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tbsp Better than bouillon beef flavor
  • 1 1/2 +1/4 tsp kosher salt divided
  • 2/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper divided
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 6-7 fresh thyme 6-7 stems tied into a bunch

Recipe Notes

Rinse your beans well until the water is clear let drain and set aside.

In a 5-quart soup pot or stock pot add one tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat.

Once heated add the ground meat and add 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper break up the meat and constantly stir the meat so it will cook evenly and quickly, about 5 minutes or until lightly browned.   Once lightly browned using a strainer let the meat drain and set it aside.  

Using the same pot add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, onions, celery,  and cook for about 2 minutes then add the garlic cook for about 2 minutes stirring constantly and please do not let the garlic burn it will taste really nasty if it burns,  not kidding.  

Add the carrots and sauté for about 2 minutes then add the tomatoes, beans,  meat and the dry seasoning, fresh thyme, and finally the water.

On a low heat let this soup simmer for at least one hour and a half to two hours, I let mine simmer for 2 hours and it was so worth it. 

Once simmered do not forget to remove the fresh thyme from the pot and discard and add the fresh parsley as a garnish.

note: You can use beef stock instead of the better than bouillon beef flavor which takes the place of stock but it has such flavor.  I always have this in my pantry if I am out of broth or my stock it is good to have  and it comes in other flavors, chicken and vegetable.

The reason I did not use a lot of salt in this dish is because the better than bouillon beef flavor have enough salt already a little goes a long way.

Ps. use as many organic products as you can


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Tomato Soup In a Can Taken to a New Level

 

Tomato Soup in a can taken to a new level

Sometimes we need to take the shortcut and create a simple semi-homemade meal that is quick and delicious.

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Author Deborah Chapman

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz tomato basil soup I used progresso hearty
  • 12 grape tomatoes halved or whole
  • 12 shrimps large, deveined
  • 1 avocado sliced or chopped into 1/4 inch chunks
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives chopped for garnish, optional
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped, divided
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil chopped, divided
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin, divided
  • 1 tsp kosher salt divided
  • 1 tsp fresh black pepper divided
  • 1/4 tsp sugar optional
  • 1/4 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp paprika

Recipe Notes

 

Clean and devein your shrimps well, drain off any excess water using a colander.  

Season the shrimp with 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp of black pepper, 1/4 tsp paprika and 1/2  tsp of granulated garlic.   

In a medium pot on low heat add 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tbsp fresh basil,  1/4 tsp black pepper and stir for about 2 minutes then add the grape tomatoes,  can tomato soup, add the sugar, let simmer on low heat. 

In a pan add the rest of the olive oil over medium heat add the shrimp and cook on both sides for about 2  minutes each side.  Once cooked set aside in a separate dish they will continue to cook when added to the soup.  

Slice open the avocado and remove the pit and cut into 1/4 inch slices and then into 1/4 inch chunks add the lemon juice over the avocado be very careful when handling avocado use a rubber spatula to gently turn to coat with the lemon juice set aside.  The lemon will stop the avocado from turning brown.

Add the shrimp to the soup and the rest of the basil and simmer about 3 minutes on low heat.

The dish is ready to serve, once you place the soup in a bowl you can add the avocado and garnish with the fresh parsley, chives and serve immediately.  

*You can also garnish with some fresh Parmesan Cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese and get you some good crusty bread and enjoy.

*Use as many organic products as you can

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shrimp Pasta with Pesto Sauce

 

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Shrimp Pasta With Pesto Sauce

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Author Deborah Chapman

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb medium- large shrimp 12 shrimps
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided extra virgin
  • 1/2 box pasta
  • 10-12 grape tomatoes halved
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp pesto sauce
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup pasta sauce
  • 2tsp fresh parsley garnish
  • 1/2-1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Recipe Notes

Fill a medium pot with water and cover on medium heat.

Deveined and clean shrimps,  split the shrimp all the way to the tail but do not cut all the way through the tail leave about an inch from the tail.  I learned that from Auntie Fee, Rip.

Rinse your shrimp well discarding the vein and let it sit in a strainer to drain off the excess water.  In the meantime chop your garlic and parsley and set aside in a separate bowl.

Salt your pasta to the boiling water after about 3 minutes using a 10-inch pan add the oil to the pan, I used a black cast iron pan, then add the garlic and cook it for about 2 minutes add the shrimps and cook for about 2 minutes on each side (total pasta cook time is 7 minutes), the pasta should cook al dente', be sure to reserve  a cup of pasta water and set aside.  Transfer the pasta using a tong to the shrimps add the tomatoes, the shrimps will finish cooking add the pesto sauce, half of the pasta water and bring it all together using the tong gently.  

Garnish with the fresh parsley and serve immediately.

*you can add freshly grated parmesan cheese to the finished dish.

 
 

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avocado pineapple salad

 

Avocado/Pineapple Salad

This will be your go to salad all year around.

Course Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Deborah Chapman

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup fresh ripe pineapple cubed 1/4 inch
  • 12 Kalamata pitted olives sliced in half
  • 12 grape tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 purple onion chopped
  • 3-4 tsp organic cilantro chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest optional
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1/2-1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1-3 drops habanero hot sauce

Recipe Notes

In a large bowl add all the ingredients except the avocado, salt, pepper and the habanero sauce.  Mix the ingredients with spatula,  slice open the avocado vertically and remove pit place both avocado face down and cut about 1/4 inch cubes.  

Place in a separate bowl and squeeze the fresh lemon over the avocado and mix gently with a spatula add the avocado to the other ingredients and then add the salt, pepper and habanero sauce, gently mix,  being careful  not to break up the avocado cubes and refrigerate for 30 minutes so the flavors will marinate and enjoy immediately. 

This is my favorite salad I enjoy it all year round with minor changes.  

*use as many organic product as possible.

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Spicy Roasted Brussel Sprouts

 

Spicy Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Adding some red pepper flakes gives this dish that added kick.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Deborah Chapman

Ingredients

  • 1 1 lb bag brussel sprouts
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin or organic refined coconut oil melted
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black fresh pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp shallots, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar reduction optional

Recipe Notes

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. 

Wash brussel sprouts and drain off excess water,  pat dry with paper towel and cut brussel sprouts in half. 

Add brussel sprouts, shallots, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes on to a sheet pan or cookie sheet add the olive oil and mix well then spread out evenly on to the sheet pan, do not over-crowd the pan and bake for about 20 minutes or until fork tender and a little crisp but not burnt. 

Drizzle the balsamic vinegar reduction and serve immediately and enjoy

*Be sure to check and shake your brussel sprouts in the pan or stir gently with a wooden spoon every 5 minutes so they cook evenly and do not burn.

*use organic ingredients when possible


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