Black Bean Vegetable Soup Recipe

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Black Bean Vegetable Soup garnished with preserved lemons

Bean Soup An Appalachian Tradition

In case you are new to Friends Drift Inn on Monday I post a recipe focused more on vegetables than meat.

Sometimes I use eggs, cream, cheese and even a meat based stock. I am not a vegetarian.

With a background in agriculture, you may think it odd I would even consider a “Meatless Monday” concept. So let me make this clear, I do not think Meatless Monday is a new idea.

No offense to my facebook friend, and noted author Kim O’Donnell. Kim is a smart cookie and I owe her a huge debt of gratitude. (One of my first interviews was with Kim) If you have not read her books you really should. The recipes are easy, creative, and taste surprising good.

During the harvest, we in Appalachia serve many satisfying meals with little or no meat. green beans, fried tomatoes, potato cakes, and cucumber salads are taken for granted meals during summer’s bounty.

In winter, a simple bowl of beans with cornbread is “Everyman’s” dinner here in the mountains; and we don’t feel cheated. Certainly, we don’t restrict this hearty dinner to Monday! Giggles

Meatless Monday is easy on the pocketbook, and a great change of pace. Just don’t tell the girls down at the quilting bee that Meatless Monday is trendy. They will laugh and miss a stitch.

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About Joyce Pinson

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.