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Mexican Black Bean Soup with Tofu Sour Cream

I love this soup!!! It's delicately spicy, loaded with flavor, a great source of protein and the creamy 'sour cream' is the perfect topping!

Ingredients
Extra virgin olive oil
2-3 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
1 red onion, diced
grated zest of 1 lemon
1 dried jalapeno chili, soaked until tender, diced
sea salt
1-2 stalks celery, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 1/2 cups canned diced tomatoes
1 cup black turtle beans, rinsed very well
1 bay leaf
4 cups spring or filter water

Tofu Sour Cream:
1 cup silken or soft tofu
sea salt
juice of 1 fresh lemon
2-3 sprigs, fresh cilantro, finely minced

Directions 
Place about 3 tablespoons oil, garlic, onion, lemon zest and chili in a medium soup pot over medium heat.

When the onion begins to sizzle, add a pinch of salt and saute for 2-3 minutes. Stir in celery and carrot, a pinch of salt and saute for 1-2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes. Add beans, bay leaf and water, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook until beans are soft, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. When the beans are soft, season the soup to taste with salt. Remove bay leaf and discard. While the soup cooks, make the tofu sour cream. In a food processor, puree tofu until smooth. Add salt and lemon juice to taste, to simulate the flavor of sour cream.

To serve, ladle soup into individual bowls with a generous dollop of tofu sour cream and a sprinkle of cilantro.

Makes 4-5 servings.  


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