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Weekday meals can be challenging… You’ve worked (I’m assuming), you’re tired (at least I am) and cooking something requiring too much effort is not happening. I love to cook and eating healthy meals is important to me. Therefore, I have a few simple healthy weekday meals I thought I could share on the blog! I actually ate this tonight for dinner and I can assure you it was filling and yummy! Enjoy :)

Ingredients -

2 cans black beans (or bonus points if they come in a cardboard carton, nobody likes bpa except for maybe the bpa makers)
2 cups of veggie stock – I use organic Trader Joe’s
2 plum tomatoes diced
1 large/2 medium cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
cilantro
five dashes of Worcestershire sauce
sour cream
avocado
brown rice

Method -

So, first things first heat a heavy bottom pot on medium heat and coat the bottom with your 2 tablespoons of olive oil. While this warms mince your garlic. Add garlic to warm pan but just heat for a minute — you never want to brown your garlic, that means it will turn bitter and yuck. Add your two cans of black beans and your two cups of veggie stock. Ok it should be looking like soup!

Grab some cilantro leaves and roughly chop – throw those suckers in your soup. Carefully dice your plum tomatoes and add those as well. The soup is now becoming more colorful and subsequently more appealing (I hope). Add some dashes of Worcestershire sauce if you have on hand and like that flavor. Clearly I do. Cover this and just let it do it’s thing while you do whatever it is you like to do to relax. I sat on my sofa and stared into space… I was tired today.

Depending on how hungry you are is how long you are going to leave this on the stove. I let it simmer away for about 15-20 minutes because I was pretty hungry. A solid 30 would be nice for the flavors to come together but it will be good after 15 I promise. Once you ladle the soup into a bowl add some brown rice — ok you have choices here. You can: prepare brown rice on Sunday and keep it in the fridge, make quick boil in bag rice or in my infinite laziness (I already told you I stared off into space so I’m thinking this will come as no surprise) just used Trader Joe’s microwavable brown rice. It’s organic and good and I’m ok with it. I then add some diced avocado, sprinkled some more cilantro on top and some sour cream. I also added some hot sauce because why not. And that’s a wrap! Quick, easy and moderately healthy! This will actually be better the next day so split the remainder into glass tupperware and bring to work to avoid the dreaded sad desk lunch.

I hope you enjoy this soup as much as I do!

peace, love and don’t burn the freaking garlic –
Amanda