Sunday Soups by Food Fitness Faith


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Sundays are my sabbath day of rest, or so I wish! Somehow, i always manage to get distracted by emails, blog posts, the papers on my desk and the bills to pay. Next thing I know, I’ve been working on things all afternoon. 


Such is life in the 21st century I guess. But still, there’s so much wisdom in the Biblical commandment to take a day of rest each week. And what better way to rest from work, than to have homemade soup ready to thaw (if frozen) and heat up for Sunday dinner?


The cookbook I’m working on will include quite a large number of recipes for soups, stews and similar one-dish meals. Although they are not always qucik to cook, they can be quick to throw together and require very little attention while working on other things like school work, laundry, bill paying, etc. 


Bean soups are also very economical, and even if you add meat, poultry or seafood in a soup, it is typically stretched out with beans, rice and vegetables. So, either way, soups tend to be cheaper per serving that many other main dishes.


In the past, I’ve made a number of soups using a bag of dried beans that have been soaked overnight. But, I realized that our target audience for The Cookbook will more likely want a quick version using canned beans. So, that’s been (and continues to be) a project of mine—converting some of my recipes into a quicker and smaller version. 


I also want to get the original version written down correctly so I can offer both types, just in case. Soup is one of those dishes where I typically add a little of this and a little of that, never paying much attention to the actual amounts, and using what I happen to have in my pantry and refrigerator. So, I must admit, I don’t even have a perfected original recipe yet!


It’s definitely cheaper to use dried beans, and it’s really not that difficult if you’re hanging around the house. Of course, there’s also the option of using a slow cooker, but I’m not going to worry about that just now!


My latest soup experiment involved Mexican style 7-bean soup. How could I cut this one down and still have something similar? I did’t want to end up with too much soup, because our target audience will probably not own a large soup pot, nor will they want THAT much soup for one to two people!


I finally decided to use two cans of chili beans that are a combination of red kidney beans, black beans and pinto beans (although I’ll try one can of chili beans and one can of white beans or lentils in my next attempt). I also like to throw in some diced green chilies, although you could use spicier ones like jalepenos or poblanos in either a fresh or canned form. 


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Using canned beans changes the amount of liquid one needs as well as the length of time to cook. So, I had to experiment with that as well. Since I was making a smaller amount, the amount of vegetables needed to be reduced too. 


I realized I did not have a fresh bell pepper, but that’s why I like to keep some frozen bell peppers in my freezer. I bought these, but I want to try chopping a bunch and freezing them myself. 


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I wanted to keep the recipe as simple as possible, but still full of flavor. So, how many spices would I really need, and in what combination and amount? That’s the tricky part!


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Let me tell you—we are eating a lot of soup these days with all of the variations I’m trying!


The one good thing? I don’t have to cook on Sundays! We are thawing out my soups for SUNDAY SOUP DAY, and I’m loving it! Now, if I can just stop working on my blog and take my Sabbath rest. I’m still working on that!


I’m not quite ready to share my recipe for the above Mexican Bean Soup, even though it was delicious. I want it to be just a little bit better first. 


Be sure to sign up for the RSS feed for my website or just check it out from time to time to see if and when I share this recipe and others. How?


Go to the tab for RECIPES, choose COOKBOOK to see photos of a sampling of recipes we’re working on. I’ll add more photos from time to time. Also, I will “hide” recipes periodically under some of the photos, so it’s a bit of a treasure hunt for now. Click on the pictures to find out where the recipes are hidden. More to come. 


HINT: You can find the recipe for Potato Salmon Soup under that picture. Go search for it and others!


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