Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope your day is full of thanks, love, and joy! I want to send a BIG thank you to you all for being such faithful readers! You fill my life with such joy and happiness and this blog would not be a success without you! I have some BIG news for you all! Starting tomorrow I am going to be doing 12 days of daily giveaways!!!
For the next 12 days along with a free recipe, you will be notified of products that will be given away to lucky readers. So stay tuned each day for the big announcements!
With Thanksgiving today. I am anticipating needing to shed a few more pounds than I already need to. One thing I noticed when I do a lot of exercise, is that I am extra hungry all the time. It really stinks because here I am trying to lose weight and my body is starving for more food. Through some advice and reading, I realized that it is my body starving for more protein. Since I am not a big meat eater, my body is telling me to give it some more food, when I really need to amp up my protein intake. Healthy protein is easy for me. I love black beans. Packed with protein and high flavor, they are always my go-to. I make several types of black bean soups and dishes, but so far this is my favorite. Super easy to make and spicy. Spicy foods also boost your metabolism, so I am all over spicy foods right now! I make this ahead and keep it in the fridge in jars or tupperware. A quick couple minutes in the microwave and I curb my appetite. Sometimes I just eat a little coffee mug full in between meals to keep my stomach happy.
Easy Spicy Gluten-Free Black Bean Soup
adapted from Epicurious
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth (vegetable if vegan)