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Soup - Black Bean


1 lb. Black Beans, Dried
1 cup Onions, shredded
1 cup Carrots, shredded
1 cup Celery, shredded
1 cup Potatoes, shredded
2 or 3 Garlic Cloves, shredded
1 Bay Leaf, large
1 tsp. Oregano, dried
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper, powder

3 tbsp. Lemon Juice
1/2 - 1 Lemon, cut lengthwise and sliced thin
5 cups Water
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Rinse the dried Black Beans in a strainer and remove any stones.  Place in a covered electric crock pot (slow cooker).  Add 2 cups of boiling water, cover, and set crock pot on "High".  Add the Bay leaf and Oregano.  After the beans begin to swell add an additional 2 cups of boiling water.  When the beans become tender (5-6 hours), add the shredded vegetables, Cayenne Pepper, and 1 additional cup of boiling water.  Cook for another hour and taste the soup for flavor and texture.  Continue cooking if necessary.

When the soup is ready to eat, add the Lemon Juice and thinly sliced Lemons and cook for another 10-15 minutes until the Lemon slices begin to soften.

Serve and enjoy!

We have found that the combination of the Lemon and Hot Pepper is an excellent salt substitute; thus, we have not included salt in the ingredients list.  If someone desires salt, it can be added at the table.

The above recipe is in keeping with God's creation intent (Genesis 1:29-31):  'Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.  And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-- everything that has the breath of life in it-- I give every green plant for food." And it was so.   God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.' (NIV)  Let no animal suffer or die that we may live!

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