Kidney Bean and Yam Soup

Garnet or jewel yams are beautiful and delicious in this soup. Red chili beans substitute nicely for the kidney beans.

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Soak beans overnight with 8 cups of water and the kombu.
  2. Rinse beans and place in a large pressure cooker, or large pot, with kombu or kelp and fresh water to cover beans by 1 to 2 inches.
  3. Bring to boil and skim off any foam. Secure lid and pressure-cook for 45 minutes or less depending on your pressure cooker. Boiling in a pot needs at least 60 minutes of cooking time. After beans are cooked, drain and save bean water. Dice sea vegetable.
  4. In a large 8 quart pot, sauté onions and basil in water for a few minutes until the onions are translucent.
  5. Add carrots, sweet potatoes, and any combination of bean water from the cooked beans, along with fresh water that adds up to 3 quarts.
  6. Bring to boil and then turn the heat down to simmer; cover, and cook for 30 minutes.
  7. Add beans, diced sea vegetable, salt, pepper and misos, and simmer for another 30 minutes.
  8. Remove stems from spinach, chop well, and garnish each bowl of soup with the spinach and serve.

©2013, Priscilla Timberlake & Lewis Freedman, RD, The Great Life Cookbook, 2nd Edition, http://www.thegreatlifecookbook.com

This recipe is from the authors of The Great Life Cookbook: Whole Food, Vegan, Gluten-Free Meals for Large Gatherings by Priscilla Timberlake and Lewis Freedman. As a mother of four, Priscilla frequently found herself in the kitchen. With the creation of weekly community dinners in her home, cooking for a crowd became a joy. Priscilla teaches cooking classes at her local cooperative market, and she is a wellness instructor at Cornell University. In addition to being a dad, and a nutritionist, Lewis also teaches yoga and stress management at Cornell University. As an instructor for the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate, Lewis is directly involved with the growing global movement toward embracing a whole food plant-based diet.

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