As the full-time managing editor of Dressage Today, wife, mother of two children (9 and 6) and mother of two dogs, two horses and other various small pets, I must find quick and easy ways to prepare healthy meals. During the colder months, my go-to meals are hearty (but healthy) soups. The family loves them and they’re perfect after a cold morning or afternoon ride. Here’s one that’s become a Mellace (pronounced Mell-a-chee) favorite.
2 Slices bacon finely chopped (optional)
1/4 cup onion – finely chopped
1/4 cup red pepper – finely chopped
1 clove garlic – minced
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups black beans
1 cup corn kernels
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- Cook bacon in large, heavy soup pot until crisp
- Add garlic, onion and pepper and sautee for 2 minutes
- Add broth and remaining ingredients
- Bring to a boil and reduce and simmer
- Simmer for 20 minutes until flavors blend well
Quick side tip: Leftover soup is perfect for those of us on the go. Simply freeze a portion in a Tupperware container and microwave for a quick and healthy meal. Added benefit of freezing? No messy spills during transit.
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