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It will probably never cease to amaze me that people think preparing homemade, healthy food is more expensive than eating junk. Yeah, sure, if you’re buying things from the hot case at Whole Foods, it probably is more expensive, but there are so many wholesome, inexpensive ingredients you can throw in the crock pot and enjoy for multiple meals! This pinto bean kale and veggie soup is exactly that type of recipe.
The ingredients cost a total of about $3. Three dollars! And it makes six generous servings, so that makes it about 50 cents a serving. It’s filling, but it doesn’t sit “heavy” in your stomach like a greasy fast food meal, and it has a good amount of vegan/vegetarian friendly protein. It also has all the vitamins and minerals ever. Okay, so that’s obviously not true, but per serving it does have more potassium than banana, 3/4 of your vitamin A needs, 45% of your iron, and a goodly quantity of Vitamin C and calcium. It is also amazingly easy to make – the only tricky part is remembering to pre-soak the pinto beans overnight.
The basic plan is to rinse a 1 pound bag of pinto beans and let it soak overnight. In the morning, throw all the ingredients (less the kale) in a crock pot and cook for about 10 hours. Right before serving, mash or blend some of the soup then add the kale and let it cook for a final 15-20 minutes. That’s it! To make prepping the veggies super easy, simply wash and roughly chop them, then pulse them in a food processor a few times. We have a tiny food processor, so I chop each vegetable separately. You can prep the veggies the night before and then throw everything in the slow cooker in the morning. At dinner time, you’ll not only have a tasty bowl of soup, you’ll also have leftovers!
Today is also Day 1 of my Daily Gratitude Challenge! Stop by my video post to see my response to the day’s journaling prompt and leave your thoughts on today’s post or the video for your chance to win that handmade pen. =)
Do you have any go-to slow cooker meals that are inexpensive and wholesome? And how about your answer to the first journaling prompt??
Natasha Núñez is a former classroom teacher with a Masters of the Arts in Teaching. She also is a registered yoga teacher & holds a certificate in natural skincare formulation from the School of Natural Skincare. She shares her passion for education, positive parenting, free printables, and recipes for DIY bath & home products. Learn more about Natasha and where she’s been featured.