Winter Black Bean & Sweet Potato Soup

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, winter is associated with the water element. his element relates to the kidneys and urinary bladder. Winter is the time to protect and nourish the kidneys and yin aspect of ourselves. Cultivating, nourishing and balancing of the yin aspect at this time of year leads to an overall sense of inner calm, self-acceptance and a more carefree nature. Eating black beans and a warm hearty soup will help to fortify your kidney energy.

Serves: 6

Cooking time: 50min Prep time: 15 minutes

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
3 fresh medium tomatoes chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
6 cups chicken/veg stock
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
Optional: 1 cup corn kernels (frozen, fresh, from a jar….)

sour cream or yoghurt
lime wedges

Heat red wine and olive oil on med-low in pressure cooker*.
Saute onion and garlic until soft.
Add coriander, cumin, sweet potatoes and tomatoes.
Saute for another 5 minutes.
Add soup stock and black beans. Cover.
Cook on low heat for 30 – 40min.
Blend soup (I blend half so it is creamy but still with some chunks).
Add in corn kernels and cilantro leaves.
Cook for another 10 minutes.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve hot with sour cream and lime if desired.

* I like using a pressure cooker for two reasons:
1. Pressure cooking keeps in all of energy of the food
2. Pressure cooking is much faster.
If you don't have a pressure cooker go out and buy one. :)

In the meantime you can also use a crockpot (cook the soup slowly all day), or use a heavy soup pot.

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