Speaking of plant-based on the cheap: Here’s an idea, check your local thrift store for a crockpot (they run about $5.00-$10.00) instead of buying an expensive cooking device. I have two. One for meals and one for big-batch bean cooking. I like the “set it and forget it” aspect of slow-cooking and the way it fills the house with such wonderful aromas!
This soup didn’t even require any vegetable chopping! Can it get any easier?
I fired up the crockpot and added a few ingredients and let it cook on low for four hours. Dinner. Done.
Spicy Black Bean Soup
4 cups cooked black beans
3 cups vegetable broth
16 ounces of your favorite tomato salsa
2 teaspoons ground cumin
Place all ingredients in crockpot and cook, covered, on low for 4 hours. Feel free to add a cup or so of frozen corn or other vegetables near the end of the cook time. Make it your own!