Saturday, January 18, 2014

Easy Vegetarian Bean soup

So how's the healthy January going?  Ours has not been without hiccup's but we're still striving toward the goal.  Part of our problem has been after Christmas sales on things like gingerbread houses, gingerbread barns, caramel corn and the like.  Daddy just can't resist buying another gingerbread kit for the girls, it was only $2.99 candy and all!  And then Grandma comes and brings cookie dough cut-outs...but I digress! 

We've been obviously making more meals than I can get blogged so it may end up being more than 30 days of sharing, we'll just keep on going!  Today however I thought I'd share a really easy bean soup.

Bean soup is not my families "favorite" but they will eat in once in awhile and this recipe makes a really good and easy one if you do like bean soup.  If you have non-vegetarians you can serve cooked turkey bacon crumbled on the side for those that want to add it as "topping" to the soup.

Vegetarian Bean Soup
1lb bag of dry great northern beans
2 cups chopped (more or less)
1 cup chopped celery (more or less)
1 chopped onion
1 tsp. garlic minced 
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste
Take your dry beans the night before and place in a bowl, cover with water till about 2-3 inches higher than the beans.  Let them soak overnight.  In the morning drain the water.  Put all ingredients in a crock pot and cover with water till about an inch over the ingredients.  Simply cook till done, about 4-6 hours on high or all day on low. This is so simple, cheap and healthy!  You can mix up the spices if you want, add your favorite, thyme, savory whatever you like.  Oh and don't forget to remove the bay leaves before serving.

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