Mixed Beans Soup - My Healthy Diet

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I tell you a secret..(ehm..ehm..) I have been wanting to lose some weight. You know, for some people, spring is a good time to start dieting, so that when the summer comes, they will have good shape for swimming suits and tank tops. No no..not that I want to show off on bikini or tank tops during summer, here is the story... I went shopping for some new clothes and felt that no clothes were good enough on my body, flab here and there..(sobbed sobbed). Thus I decided to go on healthy diet and a bit of exercise (taking the kids to walk around the neighbourhood, I guess it's enough, don't you think?).
For Indonesian, it is normal to consume rice as our staple food. And I read that it is a big no no to consume white carb when you are dieting. So I switched my diet to lotta grains, beans, fruits and vegetables. And here is one of my healthy diet, mixed beans soup.

Mix Beans Soup

200g of 15 beans for soup (store bought), soaked overnight
2 sausages (any kind, to your preference), cut
2 celery stalk, cut
1 clove onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 tsp of dried oregano
1/2 tsp of dried thyme
1 tsp of cayenne pepper powder
1 tomato, chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp of chicken broth powder
water (or you may use chicken broth instead and skip the powder)

Mix Beans for soup

Saute the chopped onion and garlic with olive oil until fragrant. Add water or chicken broth and continue to cook until boiling. Add the soaked beans and cook for an hour over medium low heat or until the beans tender. Add celery, bay leaves, dried oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper and chicken broth powder (if using it). Add salt and sugar to taste. At last add sausages and tomato, simmer for another 2minutes.

Caution: expect for more gassing when consuming this, as most beans produce flatulence.


Alice said...

i need to lose weight too! the soup looks yummy - thks :)

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BabyBeluga said...

I often make this soup in Winter. It's healthy, in-expensive, very easy to prepare (I use slow cooker) and most importantly, everybody in my family loves it. I usually bake cornbread to go with it.

Melissa said...

I make a bean soup (I just made it up, if you're interested, the recipe is on my blog), but I like the added sausage in yours! I'll have to give it a try.

Jessica said...

how much water do you use?

Lidia Sianturi said...

@Melissa: thank you and will check it out
@Jessica: approx 1.5 to 2L..depend on how watery you want your soup to be.

Carol said...

That soup does look very delicious. Not to mention very healthy too. trying it out. Thanks.

marry glory said...

nice words in the post, i like it

thx for share

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