Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Vegan Recipe: Black Bean Soup with Sweet Potatoes ~ and a GIVEAWAY!

serves 4-5 ~ about $2.50 per serving

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1.     a chance occurrence of events remarkable either for being simultaneous or for apparently being connected

I was having a friend over for a weekend dinner and suggested we have Black Bean and Sweet Potato soup. So, I was quite happy when Dreena Burton asked me to do a blog post about one of the recipes from her new vegan ebook and it turned out to be ... her Black Bean Soup with Sweet Potatoes! You could say it was quite a coincidence.

The soup turned out really well. The recipe is well done, the flavors are balanced, and it's seasoned just about right. I topped mine with a dollop of raw almond cheese and a squeeze of lime, but a little bit of avocado would go well, too.

This soup has an irresistible quality, the flavors are deep and earthy with some sweetness from the potatoes. Don’t let the number of ingredients intimidate you - they build layers of flavor, but this soup is not at all difficult to make!

  • 1-2 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 cups chopped onions (one large onion)
  • 1 1/2 cups combination of chopped red peppers and green peppers
  • 1 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste (generous is good)
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice (rounded)
  • 1/4 tsp (or less/more, to taste) red pepper flakes
  • 4 medium-large cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 4 1/2 - 5 cups black beans (reserve 1 cup; this is three 14 or 15 oz cans)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed (in small chunks, about 1/2”) yellow sweet potato (or can substitute      white potato)
  • Chopped cilantro for serving
  • Extra lime wedges for serving
  • Chopped avocado tossed with lemon juice and dash of salt, for serving

In a large pot over medium-high heat, add water, onions, red and green peppers, salt and pepper, cumin seeds, oregano, allspice, and red pepper flakes. Let cook for 5-7 minutes until onions and peppers start to soften. Add garlic. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and let cook another few minutes to soften garlic - if sticking/burning, add another splash of water. 

After a few minutes of cooking, add 3 1/2 cups beans (reserving one cup of beans), water, tomato paste, vinegar, lime juice, and maple syrup (start with 1/2 teaspoon). Using an immersion blender, puree soup until fairly smooth. 

Increase heat to bring to boil, add bay leaf and diced sweet potatoes, then once at boil reduce and let simmer for 20-30 minutes. Add remaining cup of black beans and extra maple syrup if desired (taste test). 

Stir through, let simmer for another few minutes, then serve, topping with cilantro if desired and with lime wedges. Also delicious to top soup with some chopped seasoned avocado or a simple guacamole.  Serves 4-5 as main course.


Dreena is the author of several popular vegan cookbooks, including The Everyday Vegan, eat drink and be vegan, Viva le Vegan!, and Let Them Eat Vegan!
She's also giving away a copy of her new ebook, Plant Powered 15, which is where this recipe appears.

The Plant-Powered 15 is a collection of fifteen whole foods vegan recipes, all oil-free and flavor-full.  Recipes include: “Mac-nificent”, “Sticky Almond Blondies”, “Umami Sun-dried Tomato and Almond Burgers”, “Creamy House Dressing”, “Wonder Spread”, “Black Bean Soup with Sweet Potatoes”, “Almond Zen Granola”… and more!

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Deadline to enter is 10:00 pm, Wednesday April 24
Winner will be announced on April 25!


  1. That recipe sounds really yummy!

  2. I was worried what a raw black bean soup would be about but now this looks smashing! Can't wait to try it! :)

  3. I follow your blog on Feedly, does that count? :)

  4. Having this for dinner tonight..thank you!

  5. And I like your facebook page! :)

  6. Following you on Pinterest! Thanks for this recipe! I will be trying it in the future!

  7. The recipe looks simple & delicious! Thanksà

  8. This looks fabulous, you're right, Dreena's recipes are so well thought out- she's such a talented woman.

  9. Shared the giveaway on twitter

  10. Somehow missed that you were on pinterest- now following you there too!

  11. Liked the raw on $10 (or less) a day facebook page.

  12. I don't own any of Dreena's books so thanks for posting a sample of her recipe here. Looks yummy!

  13. I'm following you on Pinterest!

  14. the recipe looks great, and your photos are gorgeous!

  15. If this is open overseas, I would be happy to win as I only have one vegan cookbook and it's without pictures,haha. c:

  16. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! I can't wait to try it with a freshly baked loaf of rustic Italian bread, especially in this week of superchilly sleety days. This is just the remedy! :)

  17. Posted on our FB page, The Split Plate.

  18. Follow you on Twitter @Beth Mickens

  19. Tweeted!!

  20. Can't wait to try this soup!

  21. Miss Lisa,

    I am truly excited to have found your site and your recipes, as your posting states, coincidence, divine guidance, or synchronicity! I greatly look forward to making each of these recipes.

    Much Gratitude,
    In Light Eternal and Love Unconditional
    Lori Rivera
    Illuminous World

  22. I like the Raw on $10 Facebook page. I'm Susanne Drazic on Facebook.

    From the Market to the Plate
    Putting Words Down On Paper

  23. I just read about the eBook - it sounds great!

    Carola (twoodledrum)

  24. Followed you on Pinterest.

  25. And followed you on Twitter.

  26. ...and shared the link to the giveaway ;)

  27. love Dreena's recipes. that soup sounds delicious.

  28. Nice giveaway!! Also a good way to advertise a great website! I'll be stopping by thanks ;)

  29. Awesome giveaway, Dreena's books are great!!
    And what a great recipe, will try it next week :)
    Fingers crossed here!

  30. Thanks for the giveaway.
    This web site is so inspiring.

  31. I follow you on Twitter (@faiththomas)

  32. I tweeted about the giveaway (@faiththomas)

  33. Definitely going to try this soup!

  34. That's looks so delicious! I absolutely love back beans and sweet potatoes, can never get enough of them!

  35. Follow you on twitter! @billiejeanie327

  36. I love finding new recipes and healthier alternative to my favorite meals! Winning this ebook would get me one step further on my wellness journey!

  37. That soup looks fantastic! I hope to make that recipe very soon. Healthy and delicious.
    Thank you :)

  38. What does this recipe have to do with raw. Canned beans are cooked!



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