Basic Black Bean Soup

This is my favorite "short cut" soup. I don't usually post recipes that rely on a packaged or pre-made product, but I know a lot of you are looking to cook more, but spend less time in the kitchen, so this soup is for you!

In this recipe, I use a carton of black bean soup from Trader Joe's. This "soup" is more like a thick bean based broth which results in a soup that tastes like it cooked for hours (although in reality this recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes!).

Note: Not all packages soups are created equal! Look for ones with minimal ingredients (and items you know!), no added sugars, and low sodium.

Basic Black Bean Soup // vegan, gluten free, soy free


- 1/2 onion, diced
- 2 Roma tomatoes (or a handful of baby tomatoes)
- 1 tbsp coconut or olive oil
- 1 can black beans, rinsed
- 1 carton Trader Joe's Latin Style black bean soup
- 4 cups greens (spinach, baby kale, chard)


1. Add oil to soup pot over medium high heat. Saute onion in pot until translucent (about 5 minutes)
2. Add tomatoes and cook for a few minutes.
3. Add black beans, black bean soup and heat on medium until warm.
4. Stir in greens and heat until wilted.

Optional: Top with diced avocado, red onion, and crumbled tortilla chips (yeah, just do it!). You can also serve over pre-cooked rice or quinoa for a heartier meal. Yum!

What are your favorite Trader Joe's products for super easy meals? Let me know in the comments below!

The Perfect Adaptable Burger

Are you looking for a new cookbook? You've got to to check out my friend and mentor, Robyn Youkilis's new book: Go with Your Gut: The Insider's Guide to Banishing the Bloat.

Half high level coaching guide and half cookbook, Go with Your Gut includes over 75 beautifully photographed recipes that are adaptable for everyone from paleo to vegan, including this awesome recipe for burgers!

Who doesn't love a good burger? This recipe is my new go-to with 4 easy protein variations. These burgers made with SALMON we're served at Robyn's book launch party and let me tell you - they were INCREDIBLE. So go grab the few simple ingredients and make these burgers today!

BURGER (Fish, Turkey, Chicken, Black Bean) from Go with Your Gut by Robyn Youkilis


- 1 pound ground meat/fish or 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed

- 1 egg white, beaten

- 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

- 1 tbsp garlic powder

- 1 tbsp minced onion flakes

- 1/4 cup tamari or coconut aminos

- 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil


1. If using beans, grind them in a food processor until crumbly. If using fish you can ask your fishmonger to grind for you or grind at home using same process as beans. If you don't have a food processor you can chop beans or fish finely with a knife.

2. Mix ground protein in a large bowl with the remaining ingredients and shape into 4 large patties or 6 mini patties.

3. Add the oil to your skillet and cook the burgers over medium heat until golden brown on the bottom, 3 to 6 minutes depending on protein. Flip the burgers over.

2. Reduce the heat to low and cook for another 5 minutes, until brown or crisp. Serve immediately with traditional burger toppings or on top of a salad or in a lettuce wrap.

Notes: You can also bake these in the oven at 350*F until cooked through to your liking. The bean burgers can be a bit crumbly when serving, but they're still delicious!

YUM! For more recipes like this one (including a I-can't-believe-this-is-healthy chocolate cake and good-gut gummies), grab your copy of Go with Your Gut today!

Meatless Monday: Easy Rice + Beans

Hello and happy Monday!  Today I have a SUPER EASY, super satisfying meatless meal to share with you all in honor of Meatless Monday.   While I do love to cook, most nights I want something quick, healthy, and tasty.  This dish is one of my favorite, easy weeknight meals.

Rice and beans is a staple dish in many parts of the world, and for a good reason!  This combo is cheap but also very nutritious - there's tons of protein and fiber which help you stay full and energized. 

Not only is this meal easy to throw together and super nutritious, but it also makes great leftovers.  I made it yesterday and plan to have it for lunch for the next few days.  Not a huge fan of eating the same thing more than once?  Not to fear!  I've also given you some suggestions on how to serve this dish a few different ways.

Easy Rice + Beans (Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Soy Free)

- 2 cans black beans, rinsed

- 4 cups cooked brown rice (I used 2 packs of the Trader Joe's precooked frozen rice)

- 1/4 large white onion (about 1 cup), chopped

- 1 red bell pepper, diced

- 3/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped 

- 1 tsp cumin

- cayenne

- salt & pepper

- olive oil



Sauté onion in a little olive oil over medium heat until translucent (about 5 minutes). Sprinkle with salt, pepper, cumin and cayenne (if desired). 

Add black beans and rice to the pot, cover, and reduce the heat to medium-low.  Remove the stem and seeds from the red bell pepper and dice.  Wash, dry, and roughly chop the cilantro.  Add red pepper and cilantro to the pot and mix until combined.  That's it!  You are done!

Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.  I added some hatch green chile salsa for an extra kick. I also added avocado, because I add avocado to pretty much everything these days

This makes 4 hearty servings (or 5-6 smaller servings).  You can eat as is (bowl style!) or mixed in with some sautéed greens, wrapped in a tortilla, or warmed up with a fried egg (huevos rancheros style).


The thing I love most about this whole dish is that it comes together in less than 30 minutes (if you have the rice pre-cooked or buy the pre-cooked version from TJs).  A meal that's quick, healthy, and tastes great - what's not to love?

Do you participate in Meatless Mondays?  What's your favorite easy, meatless meal?