Cajun Fusion Bean Soup

This is my take on classic New Orleans flavors in a simple, nutritious and very delicious bean soup. The main difference between Cajun and Creole flavors is Creole uses tomatoes. You can Creole this recipe by adding tomatoes. Preferably roasted.

5 Cups low sodium veggie broth
1 Can rinsed and drained black beans (put aside, will be added last)
1 Can rinsed and drained northern beans (put aside, will be added last)
2 Cups raw spinach chopped (include the stems, put aside, will be added last)
1 Cup cooked Barley
1 Cup carrots cut into small cubes
1 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast (optional)

Okra would be a great addition to this recipe. I didn’t have any on hand. My Cajun seasoning makes a great New Orleans style blend for any dish.

CJ Cajun Seasoning 
1 tsp Old Bay seasoning 
1 Tbsp smoked paprika 
1 tsp onion powder 
1 tsp oregano 
1 tsp thyme 
½ tsp cayenne pepper (or less to reduce the heat) 
1 tsp garlic powder 
¼ tsp black pepper

Combine all the ingredients (leaving out only the beans and spinach) bring to a simmer.

Simmer for about 10 mins. Then add the beans and spinach.

Simmer 5 more mins and it will be ready to serve.

Makes 4 servings

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