Homemade soup is a great option for those trying to lose weight. It is a great way to eat lean meat and vegetables. The following soup recipes are low in sodium, high in fiber and a filling meal without excessive calories. Plus, they can be made in a Crockpot, so you can come home to a warm meal. (Hint: if Santa didn’t bring you an immersion blender for Christmas, pick one up. It is a great kitchen tool for making blended soups.)

To prepare for this recipe, you’ll need to soak the beans overnight in a large pot. Make sure the beans are just covered with water before letting sit 6-8 hours, then drain.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound black beans, prepared (see above)
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 package cooked and drained turkey bacon, diced
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 ham hock – ask your butcher for a ham bone if this isn’t available in the deli
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • Low-fat sour cream, scallions for topping

Preparation:
Put beans in stockpot or Dutch oven and cover with water; simmer beans until just tender. Drain. Put all ingredients, except top- pings, in Crockpot on low for 9 hours. Top with sour cream and scallions.

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