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Crockpot Rice and Bean Soup

Beans are good for you and your kids!

  • Beans are a great source of fiber.  Beans have about 15 grams of fiber for one cup! Kids need fiber to fight constipation! 
  • Beans are a great source of protein!  Kids need protein for growing muscles!  Beans have about 15 grams of protein per cup.  A good rule of thumb to know how much protein your kids need is, 0.45-0.55 grams per pound of body weight for kids age 1- 14 years old.  So, a 40 pound child, only needs about 20 grams of protein for the entire day- a little more than 1 cup of beans!  This soup will get them to their recommended amount in no time!

Bean and veggie soups are the perfect slow cooker meals!  You can start your beans from dry (rather than canned), which is cheaper and void of added salts.  Then, you can add a variety of veggies and the soup comes out perfect every time!  We save our Crockpot dinners for those days when I know I'll be gone all afternoon.   When my kids activities run back to back, I have meetings, or three carpools, we usually have to put something in the slow cooker.  It's the perfect way to eat a healthy, hot meal, despite a lack of time.  

I usually keep several of these mixed bean soup packages in the pantry because they are cheap, shelf stable, good for you, and totally delicious!  I've never used the seasoning packet it comes with, but I love the variety of beans it provides.

Our crockpot creation tonight was simple:

  • Dried beans
  • Chicken broth
  • Veggies: Onions, celery and carrots.
  • Seasonings: Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  • Grains: Rice!  I like to add rice, barley, pasta, or other grains to our soups to give it a little more hardiness.

The hardest part- chopping the veggies.

The easiest part- dumping it all in and leaving!

 Here is our final recipe!   Also, don't forget to check out our menu plan for this week!

Crockpot Rice and Bean Soup


Instructions

  • 1 1/4 cup mixed beans (buy the packaged kind, or mix your own- any dried beans will do!
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown rice
  • 1 TBL tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • Salt to taste (about 1/2 tsp)
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1 can tomatoes (diced)

Chop carrots, celery, and onion. Dump the rest in a slow cooker and cook on high for 4-6 hours.

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Comments

Bethany
03/04/2013 7:47pm
Do the beans need to be presoaked?
03/04/2013 7:54pm
I don't presoak them! They always seem to be fine for us!
03/07/2013 7:39pm
I just love crock pot meals. So easy!
Cindy
03/18/2013 10:28am
Do the beans need to be soaked and cooked before putting them in the crockpot?
03/18/2013 11:01am
No! We just put them in dry- you can rinse them if you like. but no need to soak.
Cindy
03/18/2013 11:06am
Great! Thanks so much! I'm going to make it today. :-)
Jeannette
06/06/2013 2:03am
This looks great! What's funny is earlier this month I bought a prepackaged bean mix and I've been waiting to use it because I didn't have a recipe. So this comes just at the perfect time!
06/08/2013 6:29am
Perfect! I love those mixed bags!
08/12/2013 9:12pm
We loved this soup. This soup is more fiber and nutrients including magnesium which is an unexpected delight in a traditional beans and crockpot rice soup. It is very easy to make it. Thanks for sharing this blog article. http://www.leanonlife.com/
Carol
03/26/2014 4:04pm
Do I cook the rice first or just throw everything In?
03/26/2014 4:28pm
the rice is not cooked.. Just throw it all in!
Erin
03/27/2014 3:58pm
Presoaking your beans causes sprouting which packs them with nutrients. If you want to get the most out of your beans, always presoak them. :)
Josie Mefferd
03/29/2014 12:23pm
What kind of beans do you perfer to make with this?
03/31/2014 7:46am
Definitely that variety bag of 15 different beans I have pictured! My favorite!

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