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Black Bean Soup

1 16 oz bag of dry black beans (soak overnight in a big bowl of water)
1 ham bone
5 bay leaves
1 tsp. oregano
1 small onion chopped
8 quarts of water

Boil above ingredients over medium heat for one hour until meat easily pulls off bone. You can cool broth in refrigerator and skim fat off top or proceed to the next step.

2 c. chopped ham from ham bone (or leftovers)
1 Tbs mild chili powder
1 Tbs cumin
½ tsp. smoked paprika
1 clove minced garlic
¼ tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. oregano
1 small 15 oz. can packed pumpkin
1 c. chopped carrots
1 Tbs hot and spicy chili powder
1 can refried beans (optional)

Put all the above ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on low all day. If you don’t have a crock pot, you can cook over medium low heat on the stove. About a half an hour before you are going to serve it, I stick a potato masher (or a big tumbler with a flat bottom) into the soup to mash up some of the beans. It helps make the broth thicker. You can also add a can of refried beans to thicken the broth.

Nutrition information is figured with the broth being skimmed for fat and without the refried beans. Each cup has approximately 100 calories, 1.6 grams fat, 5.5 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein. It equals 1 Weight Watchers Point. Fair warning – 2 cups equals 3 points because you max out the fiber Points.


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