Black Bean SoupBlack Bean Soup
From Vegan Recipe Book: How Mary and Frank and Friends Eat

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Black Bean Soup
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 or crushed
2 Bay Leaves, large
1 tsp. Oregano, dried
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper, powder, OR Pepper Sauce, to taste
3 tbsp. Lemon Juice
1/2 - 1 Lemon, cut lengthwise and sliced thin
5 cups Water

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Black bean soup is a deliciously spicy vegan recipe that we make is our slow cooker so the unattended cooking time can take as long as you like, but the preparation time in only about 15 minutes. The recipe make enough black bean soup to serve at least four adults as a main meal with a salad.

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 leaves 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.

Sometimes we just put the black beans, bay leaves, and oregano in the slow cooker with all the water (unheated) in the evening, and let it simmer over night on low or medium heat, and then add the other ingredients (except the lemon and lemon juice) in the morning, and let it simmer until we are ready to eat it.

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

Serve and enjoy!

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Vegan FlagThe 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!