Chunky Vegetable Black Bean Soup

I know I have been on quite the soup kick lately.  This Chunky Vegetable Black Bean Soup will probably be my last one for a while.  I just can’t help it.  Soups are very healthy, filling and budget friendly! Also super easy.

Chunky Vegetable Black Bean Soup

This soup is packed with vegetables and the beans add protein, making this a complete meal.  It will definitely keep you full for quite a while.  This also makes a lot, so feel free to freeze some too.

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Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup

My husband LOVES spicy food and he created this Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup.  I am a huge wimp when it comes to all things spicy, so this recipe is all his.

He loved the way it came out too!  It’s also a super cinch to make.  If you love spicy recipes, you should definitely check out his homemade sriracha recipe and also his green curry with chickpeas.

slow cooker tortilla soup

I know traditionally, tortilla soup is made from toasted tortilla strips, but we had some tortilla chips leftover from a party, so we decided to use those.  If you like the strips better, you can use those instead.  Either way is fine.

This recipe literally takes a few minutes to throw everything in the pot, then you just walk away and let it cook.  The house will smell so good too! Next time, we will be sure to try it with my vegan sour cream on top.  Yum!!

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Chunky Vegetable Soup

Fall is coming and I am going to start posting more soup recipes.  Starting with this Chunky Vegetable Soup.  I made this in the slow cooker and it couldn’t have been easier!

I used the slow cooker instead of the pressure cooker because this makes a big batch.  I didn’t think I could fit the whole thing in my pressure cooker.

I love using the slow cooker because the soup can cook even while you are not home.  In fact, when we made this, we left the house for most of the day and came home to a delicious smell.  It was making my mouth water.

 

chunky vegetable soup

 

As it’s written, this healthy soup recipe is vegan, gluten free, paleo and oil free.  If you wanted to make it more hearty, I think adding kidney beans or brown lentils may be nice additions.

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Pumpkin Pecan Pudding Bread

This Pumpkin Pecan Pudding Bread should be part of your next dessert plan! If you are a member of my Facebook group, you probably saw this amazing recipe from Life Made Sweeter the other day. If you are not a member, you can request to join here.

A reader of mine shared it asking if I could make it vegan and gluten free. I love a challenge, so I got to work right away.  What you see below is my version.

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My picture may not look as beautiful as the original author, but I promise it’s delicious. This recipe is divine!

It’s warm, gooey and packed with the flavors of fall thanks to the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.  The best part?  You can easily make this in the slow cooker!

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Slow Cooker Apple Butter.  I had about 8 apples to use up in the fridge, so I decided to attempt some slow cooker apple butter. I was so glad I did.  Not only was it super easy to make, but it let me use up all those bruised apples!

I added a little bit of sweetener to my apples because I wanted to make sure this was very different than my slow cooker applesauce.

I thought the small amount of sugar would help give it a thicker texture once cooked down.  I really do think it helped, but next time I am going to try it with no sugar at all and see how it turns out.

 

slow cooker apple butter

 

I know some of you are probably wondering if you can make this in the Instant Pot.  I did find this recipe online if you want to try it.

This wonderful apple butter will make your house smell amazing as it cooks!  It’s perfect to use as a spread or even as a dip. The possibilities are endless.

I plan on using this apple butter in an upcoming recipe too!

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3 Bean Vegetable Soup

It’s been freezing here in Dallas.  The perfect time to make this 3 Bean Vegetable Soup.  This soup is easy to make, and budget friendly too!  I made mine in the Instant Pot, so it only took 30 minutes.  Seriously!  It’s the best gadget ever.  I know not everyone has an instant pot, so I will write directions to make this is in the slow cooker as well.  If you enjoy soups and slow cooker recipes, you may want to check out this roundup of healthy slow cooker recipes as well.

3 Bean Vegetable Soup - My Whole Food Life

This recipe is vegan and gluten free.  It also freezes well, so feel free to do that.  I like to freeze in serving sized containers, so I can just grab one when I need it.

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