With cold season in full force, this soup is comfort food. I made it fairly spicy, but I've got you if you want to control how spicy it is, and we can even go no-spice for the kiddos.
I love beans. Yes, they're magical, I know the song. And yes, I've heard from those following a Paleo plan that they're concerned about beans causing inflammation. Yet as I looked into it, it seems clear that the many benefits far outweigh any negatives; in fact, recently in a live chat I posed the question directly to Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT, and that's exactly what she told me. Simply soaking beans makes them easier to digest, and adding a piece of kombu (a dry seaweed available in many grocery stores and online) to the cooking process helps reduce gassy after-effects. The fiber alone in legumes is a biggie when it comes to health benefits, not to mention all the protein, vitamins, and other nutrients. Here's a great article from the Harvard Medical School (click Harvard Medical School for the article), which also mentions that beans can help control blood sugar.Read More