Notes from Windward: #68


Combining Two Favorite Dishes

into one great lunch


     It being my turn to cook, I had searched cookbooks for inspiration. I found a recipe for turkey tortilla soup but by converting it into a vegetarian meal I didn't think it would be very filling. I had also found a black bean chili recipe so I decided to combine the two recipes into one menu item. I also made a black bean salsa for a garnish and what Walt likes to call my "corn" bread, which is wheat-free and does not contain corn but has a cornbread texture.

     This meal got rave reviews from around the table so I though I would share it with you and at the same time record for use this fall.

     Here is the Black Bean Tortilla Soup recipe that I came up with by modifying and combining the tortilla soup recipe with the black bean chilli recipe.

Note: I prepared black beans in a crock pot the night before with onions and started a pot of brown rice when I started the soup.

Black Bean Tortilla Soup (Vegetarian)

  • 2 T olive oil (I used Coconut Oil)
  • 2 T garlic, minced
  • 1 Cup red onion, minced
Sauté over medium-high heat, then add
     3 Handfuls corn tortilla chips, broken

And continue Sautéing about three minutes

Add the following and bring to a boil

  • 1 can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 t ground cumin
  • 1 t ground coriander
  • 1 t dried oregano leaves
  • 1 ea dried red chili pepper, minced
After soup boils, remove from heat

Puree soup in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Return soup to pot and add

  • 1 can corn (15 oz), drained
  • 1 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 c heavy cream (I used goat's milk)
Stir together and bring to a boil

Reduce heat to a simmer until it begins to thicken, about 5 minutes

Serve with black bean salsa, sour cream, or favorite cheese

     My "Corn" Bread is the Simple Quick Bread recipe off the back of a Bob's Red Mill package of Tapioca Flour with a little extra sugar and freshly squeezed orange juice instead of concentrate. It contains rice flour and tapioca flour instead of wheat.

     Hope you enjoy this recipe!

Notes From Windward - Index - Vol. 68