November 1, 2014

Guest Post: Hollyhock Bean Soup

Time for another guest post. We are honored to have the lovely Jocelyn of the Inner Interior here on Savorychicks today. We've been following Jocelyn and her great insights and reflection on mindful living for a while, and even though we have not yet met in person, she's become sort of a friend. With days getting cooler, her simple soup recipe is just what we need. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Hollyhock Bean Soup
by Jocelyn Hefner

This soup carries special meaning for me since it was just what I needed at a rather challenging time in my life. I never knew a soup could change my day the way this one did on that chilly day in Chicago but every time I make it I am reminded how sacred food can be. Hollyhock is sort of my home away from home in the backwoods of Illinois. A retreat so to speak, a place I go to spend time exploring my inner life with my mentor. This soup somehow blends in seamlessly with all the other warmth that is in abundance at Hollyhock.


Along with beans and tomatoes, ground turkey meat makes this soup extra delicious and adds in a little extra protein, too. The simplicity of the recipe is what keeps me coming back for more every single time. There are no spices, just salt and pepper.

For 4 servings you will need:

1 cup of kidney beans
1 cup of pinto beans or garbanzo beans
3 cups of diced tomatoes
olive oil
1 clove of garlic
medium onion
salt and pepper to taste
some ground turkey (optional).


I add one chopped onion to a pan with a clove of chopped garlic and let it simmer in olive oil until tender. The fun part is adding the beans and tomatoes and watching them marry with the vegetables until they are swimming in what is the first stage of creating this soulful soup. Next I add the ground turkey and allow it to cook all the way through. Cover the pot and let it simmer away for one hour. If you need to make it quicker then leave the pot on medium for 20 minutes and all will be fully cooked.

This simple recipe can be adapted to fit your needs and desires easily and I invite you to play around with it over this chilly season. When the days are crisp and clear there is nothing better than to out on some comfy clothes and wrap up on the sofa with a bowl of hot bean soup. Oh, and for added deliciousness parmesan cheese grated on top is great!


I hope you enjoy this and thank you for inviting me to share!
Jocelyn


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