Do you follow any lucky New Year’s traditions? Well, navy bean soup may become my new lucky food. I like to eat black-eyed peas and rice. It’s a southern thang! Typically, I prepare a full southern black-eyed pea dish called Hoppin John. However, David doesn’t like them, so this year, I just popped open a can, heated it up, and ate it with rice. I mean, I ain’t gonna miss out on a little extra luck, right?
Well, fat lotta good that did me! Or, I could blame David since he opted to eat a non-luck bringing dish. We woke up the day after New Year with a 22-degree temp and a busted heater. The cold woke us up well before our alarm clock because the house had reached meat-hanging temperatures. The cats snuggled, stealing our body heat. While David dealt with the heater (and ultimately calling a repairman), I turned the stove on to make oatmeal. It flared with inviting warmth – only to subsequently die. Yep! Two appliances on the fritz on day 2! OH! And David lost his wallet on Day 5, so there’s that. So, what to do for dinner on this first week of the new year that isn’t going so well so far?
I See Luck in Them Thar Beans
I need comfort food – and another round of fortune. David won’t eat black-eyed peas, but at this point, I’m kinda desperate to get him to eat some food resembling southern luck. One of David’s favorite soups is senate bean soup. Since I don’t eat meat, I modify the recipe. Nonetheless, I changed it and hesitate to call it Senate Bean soup. Instead, it’s a Smokey slow cooker Navy Bean Soup. I usually make it on the stove-top. However, since that’s out of commission, I am going to try to make it in my slow cooker. Hopefully, the little navy beans resemble black-eyed peas enough to rub some luck off on David.
Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup Modifications
Also, I usually use my own homemade vegetable broth for soup, but our stove is down, so I just used a bullion cube. To give the navy bean soup a smokey flavor, I added 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke. Feel free to use any dried white beans and adjust the cooking time accordingly. Larger beans, like white kidney beans, take a little longer.
I made my soup using the slow cooker function of my Instant Pot Ultra, but a regular slow cooker will work just fine. You know? I love my slow cooker. It’s the one kitchen appliance I cannot do without. I would sooner give up my stove than my slow cooker. And, I’m so glad that my Instant Pot has that feature built right in.
This dish ROCKS fiber for the day – and is very high protein. Also, it has more than half your calcium, iron, and other minerals! This is very similar to a recipe my mom used to make for Sunday Dinner, but I don’t put ham in mine. Therefore, it has no cholesterol, but liquid smoke maintains that smokey flavor.
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