I’ve learned over the years that when I need to take off a few pounds, beans are definitely on my grocery list.
Whether I toss them into my salad, or served them up as a chili or soup, all that fiber keeps me satisfied for hours.
A 15 bean soup is tops on my list. Hurst sells a package of beans that includes Northern, pinto, large lima, blackeye, garbanzo, baby lima, green split, kidney, cranberry, small white, pink, small red, yellow split, lentil, navy, white kidney, and black beans. Quite the list, don’t you think?
You know me, I don’t use their sodium loaded seasonings, I’d rather season to my taste. Besides, the ham hock simmering away with the beans adds such a wonderful smoky flavor, why would I want to ruin it with a stale seasoning packet.
Do yourself a favor and make plenty to freeze for lunches later in the week. Bean soups freeze beautifully, and you won’t have to worry about what’s on the lunch menu.
- 20 ounces 15 bean soup mix, soaked overnight and rinsed (I used Hurst's)
- 64 ounces low sodium vegetable broth
- 4 cups water
- ½ pound ham hock
- 3 large bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 teaspoons thyme
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 2 dash hot sauce
- 1 cup parsley
- Place ingredients in a large slow cooker, excluding hot sauce and parsley. Cook for 8 - 10 hours on low until soup is thick and creamy. Remove ham hock and shred meat. Add meat back to the soup.
- Stir in hot sauce to taste and garnish with parsley.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Beans are an excellent source of antioxidants, folic acid, potassium, dietary fiber and complex carbohydrates. Beans are also filling and a great source of protein. Folic acid is important for the formation of red blood cells. Potassium is important for our nervous system and promotes a healthy heart rhythm. Fiber is important for digestive health.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 307, Old Weight Watchers Points 6
Total Fat: 2.77g
Total Carbs: 48.27g
Dietary Fiber: 18.43g
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com. The statement made here are strictly my opinion and are not meant to replace medical advice from your physician. Please see disclaimer for further details.