I followed through with making dinner tonight (one of my DO items for 2017, but getting an early start). My daughter and I went to Trader Joe’s to pick up some premade burger patties for my husband to put on the smoker and I always taste test (and usually buy whatever it is). Tonight, we seemingly hit the holy grail! My daughter’s favorite soup is the black bean soup at Panera and they were serving their Latin Style Black Bean Soup with their precooked pork carnitas. So, we bought the supplies for both the hamburgers and the soup and came home. BTW, for hamburger patties (4), hamburger buns (8), pork carnitas and black bean soup, along with a bag of fuji apples – and a second bag to boot because there were a few bruised apples in it, so the cashier said he would have to damage it out anyways and we could just take them, SCORE! – it was only $26. Not bad for two meals plus (we have a ton of leftovers from tonight). I let my daughter decide which meal for tonight and she chose the soup. I thought it was a little watery when we tasted it (I like thick black bean soup), so I added a can of black beans and a can of corn (both drained of liquid), heated up the carnitas in the microwave for three minutes and shredded it into the soup and heated it all up again in the microwave. Total prep time, probably 10 minutes! I took three of the hamburger buns (since we only have four patties for tomorrow) and made those into garlic bread and served them with the soup. It was all very yummy, super easy and pretty cheap.
I do feel like if I went to Trader Joe’s every day just to do the taste test, I would be a better cook. They always have super easy recipes and all the fixins right there. Sometimes they are serving something I would never eat, but most of the time, it is tasty and somewhat healthy.
If you are interested in a few other recipes for the Black Bean Soup, you might want to try the following. I probably will!