Smokey Black Bean Bisque from Chef Del’s “Better Than Vegan” AND Cookbook Giveaway!

Imagine being vegan and weighing nearly 500 lbs.  Seems impossible doesn’t it? Most people associate vegan with healthy.  For many that is the case, but the opposite is also true.  Potato chips? Vegan.  French fries?  Vegan.  Soda? Vegan. Vegetable oils? Vegan. See where I’m going with this?  Vegan (the absence of animal foods) is only healthy when the diet is comprised of whole, low-fat, plant foods.  Vegan junk food is how you get sick and in Del’s case, to 475 pounds!  This is the meaning of the title of Del’s new cookbook, Better Than Vegan.  Being vegan isn’t enough if you want to achieve optimal health and weight…you must be Better Than Vegan!  Del has managed to drop nearly all of his extra weight but doing just that!

RECIPE REVIEW:

Del’s recipes are easy to follow and execute, and of course they’re delicious! To give you an idea of how tasty and easy his recipes are, I made the Smokey Black Bean Bisque (recipe below) and it was phenomenal! Truly.  I’m not generally a non-chunky soup fan but the flavor of this soup was fantastic, and even though it’s not chunky, its still nice and thick.  Del instructs you to toast and grind the cumin seeds and I’m sure this really contributed to the rich flavor – so don’t skimp and use bottled, ground cumin if you can help it.  He also calls for fresh oregano which I didn’t have and couldn’t find at the store, so I used dried.  If you do that remember to cut the amount in half.  So, instead of 2 tsp fresh, you would use 1 tsp dry.  I soaked and cooked my own black beans ahead of time, but canned would be fine – just remember to rinse them.  I did not garnish with cilantro because I despise it and think it tastes like perfume.  Bleh! For leftovers the next night I roasted delicata squash, filled it with wild rice and kale, and topped it with the bisque – YUM!

Chef Del’s Smokey Black Bean Bisque from “Better Than Vegan”

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I made this amazing soup from Chef Del Sroufe's Better Than Vegan as part of the blog tour for his book. It's absolutely delicious!! Try it and buy the book, unless you win the giveaway! In addition to serving this as a soup, Del also recommends it as a topping for baked potatoes, or as a gravy for veggies and rice.
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Smokey Black Bean Bisque
Votes: 3
Rating: 5
You:
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I made this amazing soup from Chef Del Sroufe's Better Than Vegan as part of the blog tour for his book. It's absolutely delicious!! Try it and buy the book, unless you win the giveaway! In addition to serving this as a soup, Del also recommends it as a topping for baked potatoes, or as a gravy for veggies and rice.
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Servings
4
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  1. Saute the yellow onion in a stockpot over medium heat for 8 minutes. Add water 1-2 TBS at a time to keep the onion from sticking.
  2. Add the garlic, cumin and oregano and cook for another minute.
  3. Add the chipotles, black beans and vegetable stock, and bring to a boil over high heat. Decrease heat to medium and cook the soup, covered, for 20 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and puree the soup in batches in a blender. Return pureed soup to a pot and keep warm. Serve with garnished lime wedges, cilantro and red onion.
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