Contributed by Tiffany McGregor
I’ll never forget the first time I had a bowl of black bean soup. I was a teenager and it was our first time as a family dining at a new Mexican restaurant. My father convinced me that trying the soup was a “must.” I was fascinated by the inky, silky soup that was set before me and it was like nothing I had ever seen or tasted before. Earthy, warm, and luscious- the soup was both mysterious and comforting at the same time. Having a prep time that’s less than 25 minutes and with a cost of less than $2 a serving, this super-simple and super-affordable recipe makes this somewhat of a staple in our house. Cooking it always reminds me of this memory with my family, which is an added incentive, of course.
You’ll need: stove top, blender, Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed stock pot, wooden spoon, sharp knife, cutting board, measuring spoons, measuring cup, can opener, dish towel.
Prep time: 25 minutes
Contributed by Jess Zappasodi
Do you have a slow cooker or a Crockpot? Does your mom? Well, if either of the answers to those questions are yes, then you are in luck. This slow cooker chili is so simple and takes about a half an hour, which is basically just one episode of the Office. For those of you willing to try this, I suggest turning on the episode where Pam and Jim get married and start chopping onions!
You'll Need: A slow cooker, a medium bowl, a cutting board and a knife.
Contributed by Maureen Williams
(Based on recipe by Smitten Kitchen)
Serves: 4 – 6
Prep time: 20 minutes
You’ll need: Large pot, sharp knife, cutting board, ladle or other large spoon, burner or hot pot, blender