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Spicy Vegetarian Black Bean Soup – Geek Turned Athlete

Spicy Vegetarian Black Bean Soup


Well, thank you again for letting me vent and for all of your nice comments yesterday.  I usually don’t freak out like that on a regular basis, but it was the straw that broke the camel’s back.  Seriously!  Anyway, I’m over it now.  All is good.

I tried out my 3 miles yesterday before my spin class, and the ankle is holding up.  I think that I’m definitely ready for my 10 miler tomorrow.  It is supposed to be 16 miles, but I’m not going to wreck my ankle to accommodate my schedule and have to take more time off.  I had a wonderful power/abs yoga session today which completely kicked my butt!  My abs are so out of shape, and the million planks and side planks that we did killed me!  I also felt it in my shoulders!  The off season is officially over for me!  I need to make sure that I stay consistent with my workouts.  After all, that was one of my goals for this year!

Anyway, when I got home from yoga, I was starving!  Which brings me to Foodie Friday!!!  This is seriously the easiest soup you will ever make!  It literally took me 20 minutes to make for lunch today.  It can be vegan if you just don’t add the sour cream on top.

Spicy Vegetarian Black Bean Soup



  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1-2 celery stalks, diced (it depends on how much you like celery, okay?)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans of black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup of favorite salsa (I like mine hot, and please don’t put Pace in this!  Choose a really good authentic salsa!)
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 2 limes cut into 6 wedges each
  • 3-5 tbsp cilantro, chopped (for garnish)


Sauté onion and celery over medium heat in olive oil in a pot for 3 minutes or until translucent.  Add tomatoes, black beans, salsa, salt, pepper, and vegetable broth to the pot, and simmer covered for 10 minutes.  Serve over raw spinach for extra greens, and top with low fat sour cream, squeeze of a wedge of lime, and cilantro.  I told you it was easy!!!  Enjoy!

I’ve got a party to go to Saturday night at an authentic Greek restaurant (there aren’t very many here in Germany, and I’m obsessed with Greek food), and there is a wine festival going on this weekend that I might have to take a train to.  I’m not sure what day I’m going, but I’m really excited.  I LOVE the wine festivals here.  They are so much less formal than the states!  Here are a couple of ones that I’ve been to!

Any plans for this weekend?

{ 13 comments… add one }

  • Heather (Where's the Beach) January 22, 2010, 6:41 pm

    Oh yummy soup. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! I like spicy too. The wine festival sounds like so much fun. Hope you enjoy it!

  • Nicole January 22, 2010, 6:58 pm

    Your soup looks delicious!! I will be trying that one. We have great wineries in Northern California where I live. That festival looks like fun!!!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite January 22, 2010, 8:02 pm

    That soup looks so good! Love the picture!

    Have a great time this weekend :)

  • Good Taste. Healthy Me January 22, 2010, 9:22 pm

    Yum! This looks delicious. My bf HATES beans though…but I may be able to incorporate some ground turkey or something. ::thinking cap on::

  • Mike January 22, 2010, 10:05 pm

    Impressed you ran 3 BEFORE your spin class. You are a seriously hardcore chick.

    • Nicole January 22, 2010, 10:10 pm

      Oh, whatever! You are the one training for IM!! :)

  • Abby January 23, 2010, 1:56 am

    That soup looks divine! I’m going to try it!!!!

  • marni January 24, 2010, 12:18 am

    Looks yummy and super healthy!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 24, 2010, 8:14 pm

    This soup looks so good! I’ll have to give it a try!

  • Marisa January 26, 2010, 10:53 am

    I’m drooling over your soup right now! I’m stuck at work and making plans for dinner – this looks like dinner tonight!!! stupid black road conditions!

  • Leana January 27, 2010, 7:53 am

    That looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing. Sadly in Canada I think our salsa choices are Pace, Tostitos or Newman’s Own. Pretty sad!! I bet some kale in there would taste really good though!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama January 28, 2010, 9:04 pm

    Yum! What a great looking recipe! I am bookmarking it! =)

  • Ben February 4, 2010, 12:51 am

    Great soup! My wife made it for dinner tonight. Thanks for sharing!


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