Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Carib bean Soup

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 This soup is a great way to get one last taste of summer before it's too cold.  This soup is unique in the sense that it has a slight taste of the Caribbean and is also half blended to create a thick broth to enjoy the beans within. Whenever I tell people that I often puree half of my soup, they look at me like I'm kind of odd, even if they taste it and think it's delicious.  With this particular soup it is a specific point to make it a bit thicker (if you're making a homemade vegan bread bowl as we have) so that it doesn't just leak out.

1 medium white onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 stalks celery
6 cups vegetable broth
1/4 cup sherry, dry
1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup green bell peppers, diced
1 3/4 cup dried black beans (or 3.5 cups prepared)
1/2 tsp fresh crushed black pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp basil
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
salt to taste


Throw the minced garlic, peppers, onions, and soy sauce in a medium-sized pot allowing them to simmer for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the sherry, celery, and spices, stirring them in slowly, allowing everything to thoroughly mix (about 3-5 minutes again).

Add the beans and vegetable broth.  Bring to a boil for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, pour half of the soup (broth & vegetables) into a blender.  Pulse repeatedly for 3-5 minutes (unless you have a really good blender... which we do not), it should look pretty much like a watery dark hummus.  Pour this back into the pot with the rest of the soup, and allow to simmer for a half hour or until you reach desired consistency. 


Caloric Info
Servings 8
Calories135.8
Total Fat: 0.5 grams
Sat Fat: 0.1 grams
Polyunsat. Fat 0.2 grams
Monosat. Fat: 0.0 grams
Cholesterol: 0 grams
Sodium: 476.8 mg
Potassium: 397.5 mg
Carbs: 24.0 grams
Dietary Fiber: 7.4 grams
Sugar: 1.8 grams
Protein: 7.3 grams