January 3, 2013

Guest Post - Recipe for Indian Spiced Bean and Tomato Soup from Our Neck of the Woods

Hello everyone! My name is Tammy and my husband David and I blog at Our Neck
of the Woods ( where we chronicle our successes and
mistakes on our quest for self-sufficiency. After living in the city our whole lives, we
moved to our 20 acre homestead in May of 2011 and have never been happier. We
typically blog about gardening, food, chickens, guinea fowl, and anything else that
inspires and motivates us in our journey.

I am a new follower of Frugal in WV and I am so happy to be guest blogging today! I
wanted to share a delicious, hearty recipe that is perfect for the cold winter months –
Indian-spiced bean and tomato soup.

I used to be all about canned beans until my friend Heather convinced me start cooking
my own beans (much cheaper and much tastier). Since then, I've been buying up dried
beans and haven't looked back. One of my favorite ways to use cooked beans is in soups,
and this recipe by Martha Stewart has been in my rotation for a few weeks now.

The recipe starts with cooked dried beans (pinto or kidney beans work well) with the
addition of warm spices and tomatoes to elevate the beans to another spicy, tasty level.
By mashing the beans with the tomatoes at the end of cooking, the dish turns into a thick,
lovely stew that is perfect paired with pita chips.

This soup is inexpensive to make since dried beans are a steal, and if you have a bulk
spices bin at your disposal, you can buy the spices for next to nothing. It's also very good
for you with the high protein and fiber content from the beans and healing properties of
the warm spices. If you are on a low-calorie diet or simply looking for a healthy bowl of
soup with lots of flavor, this is the soup for you!

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  1. Hi Ann! Thanks so much for featuring my post. I hope your readers enjoy the recipe. Have a great day!


    1. Thanks for writing the post :) Your photos are beautiful, I'm sure my reader will love the post! Have a great day also :)

  2. This looks yummy, can't wait to try it!

  3. Well this looks and sounds delicious I will be trying this. I always buy bulk beans much better than canned. B

    1. I definitely agree. Bagged beans are normally around a dollar around here for a pound, while one can costs almost the same amount. I buy almost all of our beans dry, unless I can't find them.

  4. Wonderful, I love beans! Thanks to Tammy for leading me over here, I look forward to more. I want to add that I admire what you've written about there not being recipes printed.

    1. I love beans also, they are yummy and a great source of protein. Thanks for the comment about the recipes :) When I first posted a lot of people weren't happy about it, but I stood firm, since I strongly believe in respecting copyright.

  5. This sounds absolutely delicious! I will probably have to take a Zantac before ever eating such a dish, but it's definitley something I'd love to try!

    1. I understand about the heartburn :) Mine has been better since having my second son, not sure what the correlation is, but I'm happy that it has gotten better!

  6. It's always amazing to me that beans are so inexpensive because they do taste so good and if they're in a stew or soup, they really hit the spot! Thanks for sharing the delicious looking recipe!

    1. They are a great low priced protein. We eat them at least once a week for dinner :)

  7. Thank you for this fantastic recipe. I served it last night with bean burgers. BUT today the leftovers were all mine! Indian Spices


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