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Cocoa-Infused Black Bean Soup


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We have mentioned before how much we like our grocery store, Natural Grocers.  They sell really quality products and always have tons of great meal ideas in there store.  This meal came from their magazine they were giving away Delicious Living.  In the February 2011 issue they have a section on cooking with cocoa.  This instantly drew our attention and when we saw the black bean soup we knew we had to make it.  It just sounded way too good. 

Cocoa-Infused Black Bean Soup
Adapted from February 2011 Delicious Living
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 red onion, diced
3 bay leaves
1/2 t. salt
2 stalks celery, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 c. tomato puree
1 t. chili powder
1/4-1/2 t. cayenne pepper
4 c. low sodium vegetable broth
1 25 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 T. Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 t. black pepper
1/4 t. paprika
1 c. cilantro, coarsely chopped 

1) Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add onion, bay leaves and salt.  Cook for about 4-5 minutes until the onion begin to soften.  Add the celery, carrots, and bell pepper.  Continue cooking for another 7-8 minutes.  Add the chili powder and cayenne pepper and stir to coat.  Cook for about 30 seconds to 1 minute until fragrant.  Add the vegetable broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

2) Stir in beans, cocoa powder, pepper and paprika.  Simmer for 5 more minutes.  Stir in the cilantro and serve. 


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