We know that the kitchen can be the most chaotic room in your home. For moms, it’s where we’re juggling dinner, homework help time and kids’ sports practices. It’s also our refuge, a place to have some “me” time with friends or just catch up on some reading. But these days, even if you are lucky enough to have an evening free from cooking duties for one night of the week, it may not be enough! You want meal ideas that will work with busy schedules so you don’t have to give up all of your precious free time making dinner every day. That’s why I created this five-bean soup mix recipe – because I know how hard life is as a mom!
prep: 15 mins cook: 2 hrs 30 mins total: 2 hrs 45 mins Servings: 24 Yield: 4 batches of 6 bowls
½ teaspoon granulated garlic
1 cup dry lima beans
¼ cup vegetable oil (Optional)
4 quarts water
¼ cup mixed vegetable flakes
1 ½ cups white kidney beans
1 ½ cups dried pinto beans
2 teaspoons salt
4 (14.5 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes
1 cup dry garbanzo beans
3 cubes beef bouillon
½ cup dried minced onion
1 cup dry kidney beans
¼ cup bacon bits
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon powder
To make bean mix: Measure pinto, navy, kidney, lima, and garbanzo beans, and combine in a large airtight container or bag.
To make seasoning mix: Combine onion, paprika, salt, mustard powder, garlic, chicken bouillon powder, beef broth, parsley, bacon bits, and vegetable flakes in plastic bag and shake to mix. Place bag in bean container. Store at room temperature.
To make one batch (6 bowls) soup, start 2 1/2 hours before. Rinse 1 1/2 cups bean mix in sieve under running water. Place beans in a three-quart saucepan. Add 5 cups water, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1/4 cup seasoning mix. (You can add 1 can tomatoes and juice at this time, or you can add the juice and reserve the tomatoes to add near the end of the simmering time.) Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 2 to 2 1/2 hours until beans are tender.
Per Serving: 211 calories; protein 11.9g; carbohydrates 34.2g; fat 3.7g; cholesterol 1mg; sodium 538.8mg.